Longer Garden History Courses

The Garden History Grapevine

PLANTS IN GARDEN HISTORY 15 January – 2 April 2019 on Tuesdays 10.30 -13.00 with two all-day visits
The course will take place at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House (North Block), Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

The provisional programme is:
Jan 15 Introduction & The Oriental Connection – David Marsh
Jan 22 Hans Sloane – Mark Spencer
Jan 29 VISIT Natural History Museum Herbarium – Mark Spencer
Feb 5 TBC – Mark Spencer
Feb 12 ALL DAY VISIT Kew Gardens, including Economic Botany ​Collection (tbc) & ​Marianne North and Shirley Sherwood Galleries – Letta Jones
Feb 19 Botanical Art – Lucy Smith, [Botanical ​Illustrator at Kew]
Feb 26 Kew ​and Plant Hunting – Letta Jones
March 5 The Oriental Connection continued – David Marsh
March 12 – VISIT Natural History Museum – Reeves Collection – tbc David
March 19 Chelsea Physic Garden: Diversifying Collections and developing the site for a contemporary audience – Nick Bailey, previously Head Gardener, Chelsea Physic Garden, author, presenter on Gardeners’ World.
March 26 ALL DAY VISIT Kew: am Library (tbc) plant hunter archives; pm Plant Hunter Walk – Letta Jones
April 2 Legacy & Summing Up plus feedback – Letta Jones
For further information and to book a place visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/plants-in-garden-history-2-tickets-44733192182?aff=ebdshp

University of Cardiff Part-time courses for Adults

Courses last for 10 weeks are take place on Wednesdays 10.00-12.00

GARDENS ABROAD from 16 January 2019
In a move away from British gardens and gardeners, this course will examine the influential and significant gardens created, and being created, throughout Europe and America.

WOMEN GARDENERS from 24 April 2019
A re-examination of women gardeners who created grand estates, public parks and municipal landscapes from the 17th century to the modern era.

For full information visit the University’s Science & Environment pages

Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridge

None current

Cambridge University Department of Continuing Education

None current

Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, Oxford


GARDENS OF THE UNIVERSITIES OF OXFORD  Wednesdays 24th April – 26th June 2019 (evenings – 10 weeks)

An evening course for those interested in the history and development of Oxford’s college gardens, consisting largely of field visits, and including the Victorian mansion, Headington Hill Hall of Oxford Brookes University.



An introduction to English garden history providing an overview of five centuries of development, from Baroque formalism through the naturalistic landscape style, right up to contemporary cutting-edge planting style.

8 May – 19 July 2019

Further information https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/english-landscape-gardens-1650-to-the-present-day-online?code=O18P345LHV

RHS Lindley Library

~ none current ~

The Garden Historians (based at Burgh House, Hampstead, London)

~ none current ~


City Literary Institute

For latest information City Literary Institute