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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.

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.

Sunday 31st October

  • What is Garden History and How Do We Do It?

    What is Garden History and How Do We Do It?

    Dr Jill Francis is an early modern historian, specialising in gardens and gardening in the late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries. She has taught history at the University of Birmingham and the University of Worcester and has delivered a number of Garden History courses at Winterbourne House in Birmingham. She is an occasional lecturer on the IHR Garden and Landscape History programme and is has presented a number of on-line courses over the past year for the Gardens Trust. She also works at the Shakespeare Institute Library in Stratford-upon-Avon. Her first book, Gardens and Gardening in Early Modern England and Wales, was published by Yale University Press in June 2018.

  • Medieval

    Medieval

    Dr David Marsh

  • Tudor

    Tudor

    Dr David Marsh

  • Elizabethan Gardens

    Elizabethan Gardens

    Dr Jill Francis is an early modern historian, specialising in gardens and gardening in the late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries. She has taught history at the University of Birmingham and the University of Worcester and has delivered a number of Garden History courses at Winterbourne House in Birmingham. She is an occasional lecturer on the IHR Garden and Landscape History programme and is has presented a number of on-line courses over the past year for the Gardens Trust. She also works at the Shakespeare Institute Library in Stratford-upon-Avon. Her first book, Gardens and Gardening in Early Modern England and Wales, was published by Yale University Press in June 2018.

Sunday 7th November

  • Early 17th Century

    Early 17th Century

    Dr Sally Jeffery is an architectural and garden historian. She lectures on the MA Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research and is a Trustee of The Gardens Trust. She is particularly interested in the architecture and gardens of 17th century England.

  • Later 17th Century

    Later 17th Century

    Dr Sally Jeffery is an architectural and garden historian. She lectures on the MA Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research and is a Trustee of The Gardens Trust. She is particularly interested in the architecture and gardens of 17th century England.

  • Early 18th Century

    Early 18th Century

    Stephen Smith is an alumnus of the Architectural Association, has an MA in Garden History from Birkbeck College and has taught the subject for Birkbeck, at the V&A, the RHS and at the Garden Museum. His professional background is that of a horticulturist and between 2002 and 2011 he was Landscape Manager for the Duke of Westminster’s London estate. He also teaches historic garden conservation to RHS students at Wisley. His latest academic project is the research of formal eighteenth-century gardens for a PhD at Queen Mary University of London.

  • Eighteenth Century London Town Gardens

    Eighteenth Century London Town Gardens

    Todd Longstaffe-Gowan takes on a range of diverse projects both in Britain and abroad. Many of them have included an element of conservation; Todd brings to his landscape design a sense of the complexities of our relation to the past that is informed by his training and experience as an architect, landscape architect, cultural geographer and historian.

Sunday 14th November

  • Landscape Garden

    Landscape Garden

    Dr Oliver Cox

  • The Regency Garden

    The Regency Garden

    Stephen Smith is an alumnus of the Architectural Association, has an MA in Garden History from Birkbeck College and has taught the subject for Birkbeck, at the V&A, the RHS and at the Garden Museum. His professional background is that of a horticulturist and between 2002 and 2011 he was Landscape Manager for the Duke of Westminster’s London estate. He also teaches historic garden conservation to RHS students at Wisley. His latest academic project is the research of formal eighteenth-century gardens for a PhD at Queen Mary University of London.

  • Economic Botany and Joseph Banks

    Economic Botany and Joseph Banks

    Mark Nesbitt

  • Garden Technology

    Garden Technology

    Dr David Marsh

Sunday 21st November

  • The Victorian Garden

    The Victorian Garden

    Dr Jane Bradney is a garden historian specialising in the 19th century.

  • Edwardian

    Edwardian

    Dr Twigs Way is a garden historian, writer and researcher. Twigs is fascinated by the past and intrigued by the role of flowers, gardens and landscape in art and culture of all kinds. Her talks and books reflect that endless curiosity with books on plants and gardens exploring themes of symbolism and meaning, class and gender, art and literature . . every plant has a tale to tell, every garden a past. Twigs is an accredited Arts Society lecturer and her history of the Chrysanthemum in art and culture was published by Reaktion in 2020. She is currently working on the equally golden daffodil. www.twigsway.me

  • 20th Century

    20th Century

    Dr Katie Campbell is a writer and garden historian. She lectures widely and has taught at Birkbeck, Bristol and Buckingham universities. She writes for various publications and leads art and garden tours. Her most recent book, Cultivating the Renaissance: A Social History of the Medici Villas will be published by Routledge early next year; her penultimate book, British Gardens in Time, accompanied the BBC television series.

  • 21st Century

    21st Century

    tbc

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