During the 17th and 18th centuries, colelcting exotic sheels became a serious pursuit across Europe. Royalty and the wealthy competed for the best specimens for grotto making.
In Britain, throughout the 19th century, coastal resorts were using the latest fashions in garden design and horticulture to attract ever-increasing numbers of visitors from the great towns and cities of the Industrial Revolution.
This introductory talk will serve to illustrate the Autumn Term's courses. On Thursday mornings, we venture to Europe to feature historic Spanish and Dutch gardens. On Thursday afternoons, we explore the themes of 19th century British garden design and horticulture.
The Garden Historians courses are both fun and enlightening. Good coofee, nicer than average biscuits and a warm welcome await you!