History and Natural History of British Gardens

Ref: C3529095

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.

Additional information about this course

No session on 12 Feb as its half term

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:

  • Name five plants hunters and horticulturalists that introduced garden plants to Britain
  • Summarise the key moments development British garden history
  • List five species that were introduced in to the British by gardeners
  • Name five nationally important gardens in the British Isles
  • List 5 simple actions that can attract wildlife to your garden

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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

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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History and Natural History of British Gardens


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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