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What's In A Name...

Updated: Nov 29, 2020

Shakespearean quotations aside, Pineapple Home Apothecary's name references some interesting history that I think is pretty "sweet."

In Georgian England and Colonial America, pineapples were so highly prized, rare and expensive, that the wealthy rented them to display for dinner parties. Their place on a table was a symbol of exquisite taste and hospitality as the hostess would go to great lengths to provide them for her guests either to enjoy visually or, on rarer occasions, also to eat. They were grown in Scotland by master gardeners in "hot houses" and only survived at the hands of the most talented gardeners in the UK before hot water was available, but thanks to the invention of sheet glass for greenhouses. Pineapples were subsequently carved onto fountains, onto fence posts in Colonial Williamsburg, and put on gate posts to symbolize welcoming and hospitality for guests.

As an art and architectural historian, these symbols in architecture always attracted me and their prevalence in Georgian homes is a welcome symbol to me as I designed and built an historically accurate Georgian home for my family. The pineapple, though extremely trendy right now, has a long history of hospitality, high taste, and rarity, which is explained in the book linked within. As a business name, it symbolizes an appreciation for master gardening and cultivation of the best natural ingredients, historical inspiration, and the classic symbol of hospitality.

Image 1: Shirley Plantation, Colonial Williamsburg, 1723.

Image 2: Dunmore House, Scotland, 1761.

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