Introduction to Garden History

A six-week course offering an introduction to garden history, suitable for anyone who has an interest in the subject. Encapsulating a fascinating mix of landscape, architectural, social, literary and art history, this course aims to introduce the study of garden history through a series of lively illustrated lectures, hands-on activities using primary source materials, opportunities for discussion and advice for further reading and personal research projects. An optional site visit will also be offered. Course tutors will be Advolly Richmond MA and Dr Jill Francis.

The basic outline of the programme is as follows, and where possible, will include study of local examples.

Week 1 – Introduction to the course. What is garden history? How do we ‘do’ it? Covering the period up to and including the Italian Renaissance.

Week 2 – Sixteenth century: the Elizabethan Garden.

Week 3 – Gardening in the seventeenth century, focusing on new plants from the ‘New World’.

Week 4 – The eighteenth-century landscape garden and its precursors inc. formal gardens.

Week 5 – The nineteenth-century plus: Regency, Victorian, Edwardian and Japanese gardens.

Week 6 – Modern gardens, including a summarising overview of the course and ‘Where next?’

The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in the subject and will be take place over six lessons, all held at Winterbourne.

Taking place on Thursdays with first session on 19th September going on till 31st October from 10am till 1pm each day.

Pre-booking is essential.  Tickets can be purchased in the Winterbourne shop or via the Book Now button on this page.