Longer Garden History Courses

University of Cardiff Part-time courses for Adults

The Artist and the Garden
Wednesdays 10.00 -12.00 from 15 January – 18 March 2020
In the modern era the artist’s love of gardens generated new opportunities to experiment with colour, themes and emotions, as the garden emerged as a major subject in modern art.
This course will consider the garden in art and culture, from depictions of Paradise to evocations of a past golden age, in the literature and wider arts of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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.



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.

29 January – 14 April 2020

Further information visit Oxford Continuing Education 

RHS Lindley Library

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

Two new courses start on 9 January 2020 and will run for 11 weeks on Thursdays:

Gardens of Lisbon & Sintra
Thursdays 10.30 – 12.30

The English Garden Makers in Italy
Thursdays 13.30 – 15.30

Both courses take place at Burgh House Hampstead

For full information 

City Literary Institute

The Golden Age of British gardening, 1860-1914
Wednesdays 10:15 – 12:15 15 January – 25 March 2020
This course will explore late 19th century gardens from great estates to suburban villas and help you discover the people who opened gardening up to amateurs as plant hunting, technology and science created the golden age of British horticulture.

For full information