Key Historical Influences on English Garden Design

Ref: C3530595

This course will introduce students to the key periods which have had a lasting influence on English garden design. This will review some key influences which have shaped English garden design including: • The legacy of Italian and French Renaissance gardens • Formal Tudor and Elizabethan gardens • William and Mary Dutch gardens • The Landscape movement • The Victorian years • Arts and Crafts and Edwardian times. It will explore details of the styles, preferred planting and key features of gardens for each of the above periods and will look at the social, cultural and political factors influencing the garden designs at the time. Examples of specific gardens will be included for discussion by the group and where appropriate this will include gardens in the South West region. The course is run by a qualified RHS medal winning garden designer based in South Somerset, who lectures about her passion for English garden history, especially Arts & Crafts and Edwardian gardens.

Additional information about this course

No fee waiver available No session on 13th & 20th February

Course aim

The course is designed to introduce students to the main influences which have shaped our English garden style through key periods in history where students may be able to use this to evaluate gardens already visited or for future garden trips.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course will be run as six sessions in a live group environment at East Coker Village Hall.

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

  • Identify and have a greater understanding of some of the important influences which have shaped our English gardens.
  • Have the opportunity to share my ideas, likes and dislikes for various garden styles with other students.
  • Evaluate some of the key historical features which have helped to develop the look and feel of gardens that I have / will visit.

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
  • Teaching style will include lectures, discussions and small group activities which are then reviewed by the group as a whole, supported by handouts for each session. Additional research / reading may be undertaken on a voluntary basis outside of the teaching sessions.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Handouts and other supporting material will be provided for each session. A selection of reading material will be brought along by the tutor for students to be able to browse before and after the session. Students should bring paper / notebook for any additional notes and a pen / pencil.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Key Historical Influences on English Garden Design

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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