Women Gardeners

Ref: C2226595

At last - a course devoted to women gardeners! Men had the upper hand in the design and layout of the early gardens, but with the end of the English Landscape Movement flowers regained their place in the garden and colour schemes became important. This development brought about the rise of the women gardeners who took the country by storm in the 19th century.

Additional information about this course

No half term break

Course aim

To discover and discuss a number of women gardeners from the Victorian period to the present day and consider the influence they have had upon gardening in Britain.

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:

  • Identity when women gardeners first became a driving force and influence upon garden design.
  • Analyse the effect that women gardeners had with particular reference to colour.
  • Discuss the role of women in the garden past and present and how it has changed.
  • Assess the designs and plants used by the women gardeners chosen for the course.

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

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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Women Gardeners


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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