Day School - The Rise of Women Gardeners in the Twentieth Century

Ref: C3529117

This course focuses on the influential garden-making of four ‘working amateurs’ – Gertrude Jekyll, Vita Sackville-West, Margery Fish and Beth Chatto. We shall explore the relationship of each gardener to her period and culture as well as to one another, using their writings to support illustrations of their individual practice.

Course aim

• To develop an understanding of twentieth century garden history as it evolved from late Victorian horticultural practice to the present day.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Appreciate the contribution made by Jekyll, Sackville-West, Fish and Chatto to the development of garden-making in the twentieth century.
  • Understand the the development in garden styles from Edwardian to contemporary gardening as these reflect individual taste and also social and environmental factors.
  • Understand the importance of these women's writings as an integral part of their work as amateur gardeners.

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

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
  • You could volunteer to work in a agrden open to the public eg. a National Trust property

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