Garden History Short Courses (1-3 days)

The Garden History Grapevine

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The Garden Historians

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Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridge

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Cambridge University Department of Continuing Education


10:00 The drivers of plant hunting (then and now)
11:15 Coffee
11:45 Where and how to go plant hunting
13:00 Lunch
14:00 The great plant hunters
15:15 Tea
15:30 The modern-day plant hunters
16:45 Day school ends

Tutor – Dr Sandy Primrose

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Oxford  University Department of Continuing Education, Oxford

Woman & Gardens
Friday 29 – Sunday 31 May 2020
This weekend course will seek to document, explore and debate the pioneering contributions made by women to the development of gardens and landscape design from the medieval period to the present. New and exciting research will be presented to illuminate the roles of women as designers, patrons, writers, botanists, craftswomen and artists and to explore the rich and varied possibilities from combining gender history and garden history. Includes a half-day visit to Wrest Park.

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The Plant Hunters
Saturday 13 June 2020: 09.45 -17.00
From the latter part of the 16th century up until the outbreak of the First World War a series of professional plant hunters brought back thousands of novel plant species from many corners of the globe. Many of these plants have since become garden favourites. This day school will concentrate not just on the plants that were introduced but also the lives, times and expeditions of a range of the more significant plant hunters. It will also show how history, politics and fashion played a role in the development of British gardens.

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Denman College, Oxfordshire

Denman College offers a wide range of garden history-related short courses. Courses in 2020 include: Cotswold Gardens (29 April – 1 May, 2020 and 18 May – 20 May 2020); Oxford College Gardens Part I (24 – 26 August 2020); Special Gardens of Hampshire ( 20 -22 May 2020); Gardens of Delight (15 – 17 June 2020);

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The City Literary Institute

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