Cottage Gardens

Ref: C2339102

This course looks at the development of the English cottage garden from the medieval period through to the present day. We will assess the use of companion planting; the plants as food, medicine and other useful purposes; the saying & superstitions related to the cottage plants; and the vegetables and fruit commonly grown. This lifestyle will be assessed to see if it has value in today`s society.

Course aim

To look at the development of the English cottage garden and the effect of its style on today`s gardens.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Name six useful medieval herbs.
  • Explain the term 'Companion Planting' and its uses.
  • Assess the development of vegetables in the cottagers garden.
  • Explain the influence of the cottage gardens upon the Arts & Crafts gardens of 19th century.
  • Name six traditional cottage flowers still used in most gardens today.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

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?

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Cottage Gardens


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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