Herbs, Hebalists & Physic Gardens

Ref: C2226649

This course will look into the history of herbs in the British garden from the medieval monastery through to the present day. We will investigate the uses and symbolic meaning of early herbs and herbalists; the first physic gardens; and the development of the botanical garden. Students will discover some of Britain`s finest botanic gardens and recreated herb gardens.

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 18/02/2020

Course aim

To assess the history of herbs in British gardens with particular reference to physic and botanical 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 6 medieval herbs.
  • Assess the importance of 16th century herbals.
  • Analyse the influence of the early physic gardens.
  • Identity the greatest period for herbs in the English gardens.
  • Understand the Doctrine of Signatures.

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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Herbs, Hebalists & Physic Gardens

Enrolment Conditions

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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