Longer Garden History Courses

Cambridge Botanic Garden, Cambridge


None current

Cambridge University Department of Continuing Education


None current

Oxford of University Department of Continuing Education, Oxford


Garden History and Design in Italy and the Cote d’Azur
18th April – 20th June 2018 (Wednesdays – 10 weeks)

Gardens of the Universities of Oxford  Wednesdays 25th April – 27th June 2018 (evenings – 10 weeks)


English Landscape Gardens from 1650 to the Present Day

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.

26th September – 7th December 2018

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

The Garden History Grapevine

PLANTS IN GARDEN HISTORY – Tuesdays 18th September – 4th December

Garden History Grapevine, in association with the Gardens Trust, will be running a 12 week course on the Plants in Garden History at the Institute of Historical Research. A second course on the same theme is being planned for the Spring Term. They will be complementary rather than chronological in content, so can be taken separately.

The course will be run on Tuesdays by Letta Jones and Dr David Marsh, complemented by several guest lecturers, notably Mark Spencer who was formerly a curator at the Natural History Museum and is now a freelance forensic botanist as well as being curator of botany at the Linnean Society. We are also pleased to welcome Lucy Pitman from Plant Heritage, Jennifer Potter, the author of Strange Blooms, the biography of the Tradescants and Catherine Horwood, author of Gardening Women and Potted History: The Story of Plants in the Home.

There will also be several visits. These include one to the little known Oxford Herbarium which dates back to the 17thc and contains many hidden botanical treasures; the Linnean Society; and a behind the scenes tour of the fascinating Conservation glasshouses at Kew.
More details and booking at: https://plants1.eventbrite.co.uk

REPTON IN CONTEXT – Thursdays 20th September – 6th December

This is a repeat of the popular Repton in Context course run earlier in the year. This will run on Thursdays at the IHR by Stephen Smith and Letta.Jones. Although it will cover the obvious things the aim of the course is to look behind the scenes of Repton’s life and to set his work against a much wider political social and cultural background. It will also include visits to 3 sites where Repton worked
More details and booking at: https://reptonincontext2.eventbrite.co.uk

RHS Lindley Library


None current

The Garden Historians 

Thursdays  3 May – 28 June and based at Burgh House, Hampstead, London 


an 8-week course with alternating lectures and garden visits

For full information visit http://www.thegardenhistorians.co.uk/courses/

City Literary Institute

Picture Perfect – Wednesdays 10.15 -12.15  from 19 September to 5 December

David Marsh has been running a series of garden history courses at the City Lit. for the past 3 years which have taken a chronological approach; this autumn reaches the late 18th century and will concentrate on the Picturesque. He will be running the course with Kate Harwood. It will include a visit to Strawberry Hill to see the new exhibition on Horace Walpole and for a tour of the grounds.

For further details and to book visit  https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/picture-perfect-gardening-in-the-age-of-revolution-1780-1818