Longer Garden History Courses

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 

Diploma in Garden History. This Diploma course, a blend of online learning and study days/weekends, started in March 2019.  The course consists of five units which are divided over four terms within the two-year duration of the course, If you would like to find out more and to register an interest in the next course click here

The Course London

This Introduction to Garden History course will cover a wide range of gardens: Roman, Mediaeval, Renaissance, Baroque, Landscape, Picturesque, Victorian, Edwardian, and 20th Century. Taught by Stephen Smith, the course will run on Thursdays 10.45 -12.45 from 24 September – 26 November 2020
There is an option to book for the whole course (£520.00) or individual lectures (£63.00).

For full details and to book visit The Course London

POSTPONED Botany for Gardeners – Dr Mark Spencer, FLS, Hon. Curator (Plants), Linnean Society of London. 
The course will run on 9 Fridays 11.00 – 14.00 between 13th March and 29th May, 2020 with a final session 19.00 – 22.00 on 5th June, 2020 at Exmouth Market Centre, Exmouth Market, London EC1 4QE
Participants can book for the whole 10-week course or each session can be booked individually.

Dr Mark Spencer says:
“This ten week botany course is aimed at the curious gardener. Loving plants is easy, understanding them less so! Each week will consist an hour long lecture. There will then be an opportunity for lunch in Exmouth Market, one of London’s most popular and sociable streets. After lunch, attendees will learn how to examine living plant material using a hand lens; this is a skill which will alter your appreciation of plants. The session will conclude with a brief ‘botanist of the week’ mini lecture; this will explore the achievements of key botanists such as the Russian agronomist Nicolai Vavilov.”

Full course programme and booking details

University of Cardiff Part-time courses for Adults

All courses are currently suspended

CANCELLED The Twentieth Century Garden and Lifestyle
Wednesdays 10.00 -12.00 from 22 April – 24 June 2020
This course will seek to examine the influence of changes in society and domestic life on the practice of gardening and garden design.

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

Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridge

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Cambridge University Department of Continuing Education

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For further information visit Cambridge Continuing Education

Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, Oxford

Sunday 9 – Saturday 15 August 2020
This 1-week course will trace the evolution of the English garden from the Norman Conquest to the present day. The class will include visits to Cliveden (17th – 21st century) and Greys Court, a mid-20th century garden within the ruins of a medieval castle.

Further information visit Oxford Continuing Education 

RHS Lindley Library

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

The Medici Gardens of the Renaissance – ONLINE

The course will run for 4 weeks starting on Tuesday, 9 June 10.00 -12.30 and costs £80.00

Sessions will include: Patronage and Power; The Utens Lunettes; Myths, Grottoes and Monsters in the garden; and Health, Wealth and Parties

The Course Tutor will be Deborah Trentham who has a background in Art and Architectural History and has been teaching Garden History for nearly 20 years.

For further information and to book your place visit Highgate Literary & Scientific Society 

City Literary Institute

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