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  Detail of Illustration of Groseillier à gros fruit rouge
Detail of Groseillier à gros fruit rouge
from Traité des Arbres Fruitiers
by Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau

Her devotion to the care and propagation of fruit trees is similar to Duhamel. The techniques she uses today to prune and graft the fruit trees on her property were inspired by his work.

When asked why she picked this particular book to digitize, she replied that [she],

"...hoped to encourage the curiosity and desire of learning in the gardening world, especially concerning fruit...

Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau pursued many interests during his lifetime – each in depth, such as the illustrations in this book where he helped to complete the original drawings before they went to the engraver.

Knowledge of pruning and espalier was first introduced into France by Jean de la Quintinie in 1673, nearly 100 years before this publication by Duhamel. The Potager du Roi in Versailles, which still exists today, denotes the importance and success of these methods used by both men in furthering this art. With the inspiration and knowledge provided by works such as this, this art can be enjoyed today in both small as well as large gardens in America."

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