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An Introduction to Garden History

Back by popular demand! If you are interested in gardens generally but would love to know more about the history of gardens and garden design through the ages, then this is the course for you.

This course offers students with little or no previous knowledge a chronological panorama of the development of garden history from medieval and Tudor gardens through to the twentieth century, and will end with the twenty-first century, tomorrow’s history in the making! The sixteen lectures will run over four Sundays and be delivered by well-known and distinguished speakers in their fields.


October 31     

What is Garden History and how do we do it?: Dr Jill Francis

Medieval: Dr David Marsh

Tudor: Dr David Marsh

Elizabethan: Dr Jill Francis

November 7

Early 17th Century: Dr Sally Jeffery

Later 17th Century: Dr Sally Jeffery

Early 18th Century: Stephen Smith

The London Square: Dr Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

November 14    

Landscape Garden: Dr Oliver Cox

Regency: Stephen Smith

Economic Botany and Joseph Banks: Mark Nesbitt

Garden Technology: Dr David Marsh

November 21

Victorian: Dr Jane Bradney

Edwardian: Dr Twigs Way

20th Century: Dr Katie Campbell

21st Century: tbc

The course is being run by the Gardens Trust in association with the Garden Museum.

Picnic-style lunch is available to pre-order. Please note this lunch is not able to be made gluten-free. We will request other dietary requirements individually.

Image: Victorian Bedding designs by Matthew Ball, gardener (1817-1905)