03. November 2018 - 10:00
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Introduction to Garden History | Bristol Botanic Garden | Saturday, 03. November 2018

A 6-week course offering an Introduction to Garden History
The history of cultivating plants goes back to our first settlements. Gardens, as we know them now, are a celebration of the beauty of plants, and respond to our emotional and physical reactions to design. Changes in size and style of gardens through the ages reflect the influences of politics, art, social agendas, and even fashion. This Introduction to Garden History course uses case studies of historic gardens to illustrate particular trends in style, and explains what defined each change in style and design philosophy.
Week 1: Introduction to gardens and their evolution through the middle ages.
Week 2: Dramatic gardens of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Week 3: Inspirations for 17th century gardens; plant introductions and science.
Week 4: The Landscape Garden that had influence abroad.
Week 5: Changes through the 19th century; Victorian times to Arts and Crafts
Week 6: Twentieth Century Gardens, and the concept of historic significance.
There is an optional afternoon visit to an historic garden.
This 6-week course is held at the Bristol Botanic Garden
Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm
Bookings only through Eventbrite. 
Course Tutor: Dr Audrey ******
Author and presenter of "Conservation of Historic Gardens" on Learning with Experts