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Introduction to Garden History

Tetbury, Gloucester

Every Saturday, 2 Nov – 7 Dec 2019

Time: 10  - 1pm


garden history


The history of cultivating plants goes back to our first settlements. Gardens, as we know them, now are a celebration of the beauty of plants, and respond to our emotional and physical reactions to design. Changes in size and style of gardens through the ages reflect the influences of politics, art, social agendas, and even fashion. This course presents case studies of historic gardens, illustrating trends in style, and explaining what defined changes in style and design philosophy.
The course is delivered as a series of lively and interactive lectures, offering a simple chronological approach to the influences that shaped the design of western European gardens.
Week 1: Introduction to gardens and their evolution through the middle ages.
Week 2: Dramatic gardens of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Week 3: Inspirations for 17th century gardens; plant introductions and science.
Week 4: The Landscape Garden that had influence abroad.
Week 5: Changes through the 19th century; Victorian times to Arts and Crafts
Week 6: Twentieth Century Gardens, and the concept of historic significance.
Course presenter is Dr Audrey Gerber. Audrey has expertise in heritage conservation, understanding the features that make historic gardens significant, and how this resonates with us today. Audrey's approach to teaching garden history is to generate an appreciation of the beauty of historic gardens from the visual and the intellectual perspective. She will awaken your curiosity about what you see, and what it tells us about the past and the future of gardens.


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