Gardening Appreciation: Great Glasshouses & Fantastic Follies

Ref: C2223554

A course that will take your breath away as you step into a great glass cathedral or a fabulous folly. We`ll be looking at design, function and their place in the landscape. Britain has the world`s greatest amount of follies, so come and discover a few or put in for the job of hermit!

Course aim

To introduce the students to some great glasshouses constructed in Britain and a selection of some of the more unusual follies.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in garden structures. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary.

What topics will this course cover

*Early stove houses *Houses for 'greens' & orangeries *Great glasshouses *Temples & Towers *Hermitages, grottoes & Turkish tents

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Name four great glasshouses 2. Explain how greenhouses came within the budget of the middle classes in the Victorian period 3. Gain an insight into hermit cells & grottoes 4. Discover why temples and classical buildings were essential to the English Landscape Movement 5. Explain why great glasshouses were first required

How will I know I'm making progress?

Improvement noted by continual assessment by Q & A & discussions as the course progresses.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

None essential

Reading and information sources

Students could bring any relevant information regarding follies, towers or grottoes in the local area.

What could the course lead to?

Visits to gardens, structures or glasshouses throughout Britain. Join the Folly Fellowship - a society that looks into and visits follies throughout Britain

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Gardening Appreciation: Great Glasshouses & Fantastic Follies Course Outline


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