Day School: The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

Ref: C2226911

This course explores how two royal gardens became fused together to create one of the world's greatest botanic gardens. The history of both Richmond and Kew gardens will be assessed; and in particular, the nine acres of Princess Augusta`s physic garden which kicked started the botanic area within the royal garden. We`ll assess the importance of Joseph Banks working George III to create a world beating botanic exchange garden; and then the modern history from 1841 to the present day, to include the conservation and education going on at Kew at this time.

Additional information about this course

Day will run from 10:30-16.30 with 1 hour breaks included

Course aim

To explore and evaluate the history, plants and work of Kew Botanic 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:

  • Understand the history of Kew and how it has changed from royal gardens to botanical garden.
  • Assess the importance of Sir Joseph Banks and Kew plant hunters.
  • Assess the 'Hookers' who became directors of Kew Botanic Gardens in the 19th century.
  • Name some of the great glasshouses and other Grade II listed structures at Kew.
  • Understand the role of Kew as a botanic garden in today`s world.

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Day School: The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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