USA - From Sleeping Giant to Superpower

Ref: C2224311

Delve into the lives of nine famous gardeners and their most influential garden. Included are Lawrence Johnston & Hidcote, Joseph Paxton & Chatsworth, Mr Beaumont and Levens Hall, Henry Hoare & Stourhead, and of Mr Brown & Blenheim Palace.

Course aim

To introduce the students to a number of great English gardens and the gardeners who created them.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Describe the beginnings of the English landscape movement
  • Relate the achievements of Joseph Paxton with particular reference to great glasshouses
  • Analyse the elements that contributed to the High Victorian garden
  • Define the term 'Picturesque' and how it was translated at Scotney Castle

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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USA - From Sleeping Giant to Superpower

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