Garden History Short Courses (1-3 days)

The Garden History Grapevine

Taster Day: INTRODUCTION TO GARDEN HISTORY IN TEN OBJECTS  Saturday 22nd September 2018

Birkbeck Garden History Group are helping The Garden History Grapevine run another Garden History in 10 Objects day at the UCL School of Pharmacy in Bloomsbury.

This is a fun hands-on course , that begins by using 10 garden-related objects to spark discussion and is followed by an illustrated lecture that puts the objects into a broad chronological and social context covering 5000 years of garden history.

Later there will be a visit to Brunswick Square to hear about its history and the challenges it faces now and in the future, as well as two other short lectures and ideas about other ways of discovering the subject.

GARDEN HISTORY IN TEN OBJECTS Friday, 19 October 2018. This will be held at the Weald & Down Museum in Sussex. For full details of the day, and to book your place, visit

There will be a 6 week introductory course to follow on from these 1-day events in the spring of 2019.
More details and bookings at:

or contact gardenhistorygrapevine@zoho.com9801565


Cambridge Botanic Garden, Cambridge

Painting the Regency Garden Friday, 8 June 10.00 -13.00 2018
Booking required:


Cambridge University Department of Continuing Education

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.’


Oxford of University Department of Continuing Education, Oxford


Friday 31 May – Sunday 2 June 2019 The Picturesque Garden in England Details to follow.

Denmans College, Oxfordshire
2018 & 2019

Monday 4 June – Wednesday 6 June 2018
Sunday 30 June – Tuesday 2 July 2019
GARDENS of DELIGHT (2 nights)
A chance to explore Rousham, an 18th century William Kent masterpiece, and compare and contrast it with Tom Stuart-Smith’s design for Broughton Grange from 2001. These two delightful gardens, plus a variety of others, will be explored a colourful presentations.

Sunday, 8 July – Tuesday 10 July 2018
The Life and times of ‘Capability’ Lancelot Brown (1716-83) Humphry Repton (1786-1818) and Vita Sackville -West (1892-1962) will be explored: includes a visit to Blenheim Palace grounds to walk Brown’s landscape and see his special trees.

Wednesday 11 July – Friday 13 July 2018
Wednesday 10 July – Friday 12 July 2019
Arts & Crafts gardens such as Kelmscot were a fantastic source of inspiration for William Morris in his wallpaper designs. The course includes visits to Hidcote Manor and Snowshill Manor. These two delightful gardens, plus a variety of others, will be explored in a colourful presentation.

Wednesday 15 August – Friday 17 August 2018
Monday 29 April – Wednesday 1 May 2019
A chance to explore the historic house and gardens of this NT C18 house, purchased and refurbished by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the 1950’s.

Wednesday 1 May – Friday 3 May 2019
Monday 2 September – Wednesday 4 September 2019
Explore the history and development of Oxford college gardens from their monastic foundations to the present day. The course includes visits to several gardens and others will be experienced through discussion and colourful presentations.

Wednesday 17 July – Friday 19 July 2019
The Tudors and subsequent monarchs set aside large areas of what is now greater London as hunting grounds for sport and entertaining foreign dignitaries. This course traces their history and highlights those areas of London that remain, including a trip to the Capital, exploring Royal Parks that have been transformed into public open spaces of beauty.

Wednesday 21 August – Friday 23 August 2019
This course, which includes a full day visit to Stowe Landscape Gardens, will explore at examples from all over the country to assess the huge variety that exist and hear stories about their builders.
For more information and to book visit