Garden History

Course CodeBHT329
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment
  

Study the History of Gardens.

  • Some study history because it is interesting.
  • Others study history because it gives insights into how to do things today.
  • Landscapers who don't know garden history are lacking a complete understanding of the art they are practicing; and are probably not seeing possibilities in their work which history can inspire.

    ACS Student Comment:  The course has been fabulous because it really made me think beyond my own planting ideas. I have particularly enjoyed the research into noted garden writers and considering the legal aspects of conservation for the future.  Melanie Veasey, UK - Garden History Course.
 
Understand how gardens have evolved over the centuries, and broaden your perspective on what is possible and appropriate in garden design today.

Garden history will enlighten you, and vastly expand the scope of possibilities you have before you as a modern garden designer.  Lessons cover garden designers, great gardens and gardeners of the world, private and public gardens, globilisation of gardens, scope and nature of modern garden conservation, the roles of organisations in garden conservation and much more.

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Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
  2. Development of Private Gardens
  3. Development of Public and Commercial Landscapes
  4. Great Gardens & Gardeners of the World
  5. People who Influenced Gardens
  6. Globalisation of Gardens
  7. Scope and Nature of Modern Garden Conservation
  8. The Role of Organisations in Garden Conservation

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Become familiar with a brief outline of garden history, reasons for studying garden history, and the scope and nature of garden conservation today.
  • Discuss the development of private gardens through to the present day and to identify the influence of key factors such as wealth, status, war, travel and function.
  • Discuss the development of public gardens and commercial landscapes through to the present day and to identify the influence of key factors such as wealth, status, war, travel and function.
  • Provide examples of gardens and designed landscapes associated with individuals and illustrate the association both from historic and contemporary perspectives.
  • Identify key individuals such as designers, horticulturists, plant hunters and writers who have influenced horticulture
  • Describe how various influences from different countries have come together in the modern world to impact on garden designs and built landscape developments, across the modern world, in places other than where those cultural, historic or other influences first originated.
  • Identify the value of gardens and designed landscapes in terms such as education, heritage, leisure, tourism, plant conservation, economy and conservation of skills; Identify and assess threats to these landscapes and available mitigation measures including legal safeguards; Show an awareness of planning policy, planning law and planning bodies.
  • Explain the role of ‘English Heritage’ and its equivalents in promoting and protecting significant landscapes; and the role of the Register of Parks & Gardens of Special Historic Interest; Describe the role of other organisations such as CABE Space, Local Authorities, Historic Houses Association, Garden History Society, National Trust, Council for Conservation of Plants, and private owners of gardens

GARDENING IS BOTH AN ART AND A SCIENCE

Gardening is as old as civilisation.

There are records of gardening to be found everywhere from neolithic settlements to Egyptian, Chinese and Roman civilisations.
The way we have gardened has changed from place to place and time to time.
Gardens have come in all shapes and forms; and with varying purposes. A times they have  been primarily places to grow things to use (food, medicine, craft materials). At other times they have been a place to relax in, or to simply look at and admire in the same way one might admire any other work of art.

To understand the evolution of gardens, in different parts of the world, is to discover a wealth of outstanding achievements by remarkable people over milennia; and in doing so, explore a wider variety of things that may be applied to garden development today.

Plant Collectors

Plant collectors emerged in the eighteenth century and their desire to broaden their collections introduced new plants which would influence gardening. The eighth Lord Petre (1713-1742) was an amateur plant collector who traded with Collinson and Bartram who were also collectors. Lord Petre is believed to have established a collection of some 200,000 plants, including many exotic species, at his home in Old Thorndon Hall, Essex by the time he died. In Europe, J. C. Volkamer amassed a huge collection of fruit trees. These were displayed in his book ‘Nürnbergische Hesperides’ (1708) which also included descriptions of German gardens.

As the century progressed botanic gardens in different cities across Europe extended their plant collections and botanists worked together to classify plants. The Chelsea Physic Garden became influential under the stewardship of Philip Miller (1691-1771) and his publication of the ‘Gardener’s Dictionary’ 1724 became a work of botanical and, to a lesser extent, gardening significance. The 1768 version of his dictionary was the first to include the Linnaeus system of classification. Carl von Linne (Linnaeus: 1707-1778), who was regarded as the greatest botanist of his age, corresponded with Miller from Sweden. He also corresponded with the likes of Collinson and Bartram and other botanists whilst his colleagues set about finding more plant specimens from overseas. These would be brought back and added to the expanding ‘Catalogus Plantarum’......

 

Our Principal, John Mason, Visiting Claude Monet's garden at Giverney in June, 2010

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Credentials

ACS is an Organisational Member of the British Institute for Learning and Development
ACS is an Organisational Member of the British Institute for Learning and Development

Member of the Institute of Horticulture Careers Advisory Bureau
Member of the Institute of Horticulture Careers Advisory Bureau

ACS Global Partner - Affiliated with colleges in seven countries around the world.
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ACS is recognised by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council
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Marie has over 7 years in horticulture and education in both Australia and Germany. Marie has been a co author of several ebooks in recent years, including "Roses" and "Climbing Plants". Marie's qualifications include B. Sc., M.Hort. Dip. Bus. Cert. Ldscp.
  John Mason

Parks Manager, Nurseryman, Landscape Designer, Garden Writer and Consultant. Over 40 years experience; working in Victoria, Queensland and the UK. He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 70 books and editor for 4 different gardening magazines. John has been recognised by his peers being made a fellow of the Institute of Horticulture in the UK, as well as by the Australian Institute of Horticulture.
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Broad expertise in horticulture and crop production. She travels widely as a partner in Suntec Horticultural Consultants, and has clients in central America, the USA, Caribbean, South East Asia, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
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B.Sc., Cert.Garden Design. Landscape Designer, Operations Manager, Consultant, Garden Writer. He was operations manager for a highly reputable British Landscape firm (The Chelsea Gardener) before starting up his own landscaping firm. He spent three years working in our Gold Coast office, as a tutor and writer for Your Backyard (gardening magazine) which we produced monthly for a Sydney punlisher between 1999 and 2003. Since then, Gavin has contributed regularly to many magazines, co authored several gardening books and is currently one of the "garden experts" writing regularly for the "green living" magazine "Home Grown".
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