The History of Gardens

Ref: C3530590

Gardening is one of the most popular actives in the Britain today, with many people spending much of their leisure time either visiting gardens or tending their own plots. The course will look at the development of the garden from the middle ages to twenty-first century gardens. Topics will include back ground information on plant hunters who travelled far and wide in search of plants, famous gardeners and nursery men, the development of the English landscape garden, the modern garden and garden wildlife.

Additional information about this course

NB No session on 31st October or 14th November

Course aim

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.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Name Six major gardens in the UK
  • Outline the history of British plant hunters and name some of their important plant introductions
  • Recognise six historic garden styles.
  • Suggest ways of attracting 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

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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The History of Gardens

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  • 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
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