Other Garden History Courses



The Arts and Crafts Garden

28th September – 9th November 2017

This Autumn Strawberry Hill house will be offering a course on the Arts and Crafts Garden. The talks, held in the historic rooms of the house will run weekly on a Thursday morning from 10.00-1.00 for 6 weeks (including half term) from Thursday 28th September to 9th November.  Cost £125.00.

The course will look at the arts and craft garden within its broader cultural context, examine its origins, key characteristics, and the role of Gertrude Jekyll before concluding with the spread and legacy of the movement. Tickets can be booked via the Strawberry Hill website http://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/events.php

Select Sept tab and it is the last entry for the month. For further information and a course outline, please contact sandra.pullen@strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

 The City Literary Institute, London 

18th century garden history: towards Arcadia

20th September – 6th December 2017 10.15 -12.15

This course will explore the changes in garden making between c1660 and c1730, through a look at the work of several great garden designers, including Vanbrugh, Switzer, London & Wise and William Kent. All set against the changing philosophy, material culture and economics of the period. Tutors will be David Marsh & Kate Harwood. http://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/18th-century-garden-history-towards-arcadia/HH348-1718


18th Century Garden History: Arcadia and the 18th Century Garden

10th January – 14th March 2018 10.15 -12.15

This course will look at the development of the English Landscape garden; garden squares; gardening and politics; the development of new theories of landscape and aesthetics; the growth of plant hunting and commercial gardening; gardening and the new middle class. Tutors will be David Marsh and Kate Harwood. http://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/18th-century-garden-history-arcadia-and-the-18th-century-garden/HH349-1718

Cambridge Botanic Garden, Cambridge


During 2017 a series of eight talks are on offer, five of which are linked sessions led by Garden Historian Dr Twigs Way.  Talks can be taken individually or collectively as a series. Under the theme ‘Flowers in art and culture’ talks will focus on an individual plant, exploring their origins, discovery, history, and cultural significance. “Through examining literature, art, myth, religion and even medicines, Twigs will build a vision of the role of each of these flowers both in and out of the garden. You will encounter gods, artists, plant hunters, designers, breeders, writers and poets. Although there will be an emphasis on Europe and America in art and literature we will also explore other cultural aspects”. For full details visit  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk/Botanic/Page.aspx?p=27&ix=3003&pid=3070&prcid=4&ppid=3070

Cambridge University Department of Continuing Education


Weekend Course: 25 -27 May 2018
Advanced French: Jardins anglais, jardins à la française
This course will present a comparison of English landscape gardens and French formal gardens in an attempt to define their inspiration and philosophy. From the gardens of Versailles, Vaux le Vicomte and the Loire valley to parks and gardens in London, Kent, the Cotswolds or Scotland, we will explore the finest and most historic locations and link art, architecture and history to this study


Weekend Course: 29th June – 1st July 2018 

The 200th anniversary of landscape designer Humphry Repton This weekend course will explore Humphry Repton’s career as a Landscape Designer, his family and friendships, financial mismanagement and professional disappointment. ‘Repton was a trendsetter with before-and-after views in his Red Books and three major books on garden design. Trade, politics, tourism, flowers, music and finally gardening from a wheelchair all provide an insight into the new social geography of Regency England.’ https://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/course/200th-anniversary-landscape-designer-humphry-repton

Oxford of University Department of Continuing Education, Oxford



 An Introduction to Garden History; From Nineveh to Munstead Wood
3rd October – 5th December 2017 2.00pm -4.00pm (Tuesdays – 10 weeks)


The Making of the Landscape: 1600 to present day
17th January – 21st March 2018 10.30 -12.30 (Wednesdays – 10 meetings)

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)

Wonders & Marvels: Water, the intellect & science in the C17th British garden
1st – 3rd June 2018 (Friday to Sunday)


English Landscape Gardens from 1650 to the Present Day

17th January – 6th April 2018

Further information http://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/search#/courses?s=garden&sort=relevance

RHS Lindley Library


Discovering Victorian Gardens

15th September  to 20th October  14.00 -16.30 (Fridays – 6 weeks) https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent?EFID=14494&ESRC=CRM