The History and Natural History of the British Garden

Ref: C3528589

Gardens are the pride of the British Isles, this course will study garden development from their earliest beginnings to the landscape gardens of the great estates of the rich and famous to modern family back garden. Topics will also include the history of plant introductions and the plant hunters who searched the world for new plants to bring back to Britain. Many modern gardeners are keen to attract more wildlife to their garden, the course will suggest simple ways to design and manage garden to enhance the wildlife.

Course aim

The course will trace the history of gardens, gardeners and garden plants in the British isles.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • List five important gardens of historical interest in Britain
  • Name five famous plant collectors and some of the garden plants they introduced to Britain
  • Understanding and appreciation of the history and diversity of gardens
  • Give five simple tips to enhance garden wildlife

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

Download full course outline

The History and Natural History of the British Garden Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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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