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History - History of Garden Design - Centre Based

Day of week:
The Amelia , Tunbridge Wells
Mixed Level
10:00 - 12:00
5 weeks

Tunbridge Wells

The aim of this course is to discover more about the history of garden design from the earliest known records to the present day.
This course is a general introduction to the history of garden design and will introduce you to the principles that have governed style and development in this area throughout history. We will consider the religious and symbolic nature of ancient and classical gardens and discover how the key style elements of these gardens made their way into the gardens of the western European aristocracy and gentry. We will trace the development of English garden design from the Tudor period, through the Picturesque, the Gardenesque and the Arts and Crafts Movement to the twentieth century and examine the patterns emerging in garden design today. We will look at several example gardens, including those of the House of the Golden Bracelet in Pompeii; the Chahar baghs of Persia; the gardens of the Taj Mahal; Hampton Court Palace; Scotney Castle; Standen and Munstead Wood.
The course will consist of four sessions of illustrated classes with student participation, discussion and debate encouraged throughout. Week five will be an opportunity for each student to demonstrate their knowledge in a short, individual presentation on an historic garden, garden style or garden designer of their own choice.
No prior or technical knowledge of gardening or design is required.
By the end of this course:
All students should be able to name one or more prominent historic garden styles or garden designers and give one or more examples of those styles or designers’ works.
Most students should be able to identify and describe one or more stylistic elements in garden design and give one or more example gardens to demonstrate these characteristics.
Some students should be able to discuss the evolution of garden design through history and evaluate design influences from different periods upon each other.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Naomi Dickins

Naomi Dickins graduated from the University of Bristol with a B.A. (Hons) in History and also has an Advanced Diploma in Local Historical Studies from the University of Oxford. She has worked as an archivist, historical researcher and lecturer and recently published a history of Tenterden with Amberley Books. Naomi also has a lifelong love of textile and needle crafts, is an embroidery artist, runs textiles workshops and is a designer for Practical Publishing craft magazines.

View all courses taught by Naomi Dickins here

How will I be taught?

You will be taught with a variety of teaching methods, tutor discussion, peer discussion, group work. You will discuss your learning with the tutor and will be asked to record your progress on a Learning Pla

What do I need to bring with me?

Apart from a sense of curiosity and an interest in social or natural history, you may wish to bring note taking materials.

What can I do next?

We offer a variety of History courses please visit our website

What do I need to join the course

No previous knowledge required., , You can access the class from your computer equipped with a camera and a microphone, from a laptop (where the camera and microphone should be built-in), a tablet or a smartphone. Before each lesson, the tutor may send you by email essential lesson information/handouts for you to consult in advance, and before the class starts, the tutor will have sent you by email an invitation to join, which will be a simple weblink to click. The system is free, secure and easy to use. Should you have questions about the required equipment, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or by email. Instructions are also available on our website

Getting to your course

Find us

The Amelia
The Amelia
Monson Road
Tunbridge Wells

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code TWL/119951/M/LC.