The Garden Historians

26 February to 26 March 2015
  • Every Thursday
  • Term 1: 11 weeks from 25th September 2014
    Term 2: 11 weeks from January 2015

The Garden Historians are back at Burgh House this autumn by popular demand! They are running two courses, details of which you can find below. 

From the Medieval to the Picturesque

This introductory course will run on Thursday afternoons, 1:15-3:15pm.

Term 1 (11 weeks, commencing 25th September 2014)

This term's classes will track the development of gardens from the medieval era to the Restoration in 1660. 

The diverse themes and subjects we will cover include:

  • Religious and political symbolism of Queen Elizabeth I
  • The lost gardens of Nonsuch, Wimbledon and Whitehall
  • The Renaissance in Italy and France
  • Grottoes, automata, fountains and statuary

Term 2 (11 weeks including a site visit, commencing January 2015)

This term's classes will cover the period of design from the era of the great French gardens of Le Notre to the picturesque gardens of the nineteenth century.

The topics we will cover include:

  • Louis XIV as Apollo
  • Horticulture, plant collections and Dutch flower paintings
  • The South Sea Bubble
  • Hogarth’s Line of Beauty

During the summer, you will have the opportunity to visit special historic gardens and houses within London and the home counties that range from the medieval to the picturesque.

From the Picturesque to the Landscape of Death

Due to popular demand, we are offering a new course for 2014 which follows on chronologically from our introductory course. This course will be populated by some returning students but we also welcome new students interested in this period. This course will run on Thursday mornings, 10:30am-12:30pm.

Term 1 (11 weeks including a site visit, commencing 25th September 2014)

This term will track the development of gardens from around 1800 to 1900.

The diverse themes and topics we will cover include:

  • The Picturesque Controversy
  • The Gothic Novel and William Beckford
  • Landscape in literature examining the work of authors such as Thomas Love Peacock, Jane Austen and Tom Stoppard
  • Victorian eclecticism – Dutch, French, Egyptian, Swiss, Chinese, Spanish and the Italian garden via South America revisited!
  • Rothschild-shire
  • William Morris and the Industrial Revolution
  • Public Parks, Temperance and the Landscape of Death

Term 2 (11 weeks, commencing January 2015)

Students will have the opportunity to sign up this second term later in the year.

The topics we will cover include:

  • The Wild Garden
  • The Country House Ladies
  • The English Garden Abroad
  • The Festival of Britain