City of London gardens
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Special trees are a highlight. Practical plant identification will be provided at City Lit in the morning, with a guided
walk in the afternoon.
Course Code: HS289
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
The City of London, the Square Mile, has 47 gardens, 43 churchyards and 110 other planted areas in 10.5
acres of open space. We will explore the history and planting of a selection of gardens including St Pauls
churchyard, Christchurch Greyfriars, Postman's Park, and the herb gardens of the Barber Surgeons Company.
What will we cover?
- History and origins of the site: eg churchyard, graveyard, city wall, bomb sites, Livery Company garden
- Social history and people involved
- Planting styles
- Plant group may include: trees, shrubs, herbaceous, climbers, annuals ,medicinal herbs
- Plant Identification, practical tips.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- List some of the origins of City gardens
- Appreciate the range of planting groups and styles
- List some of the key individuals and organisations involved in creating and maintaining these precious spaces.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need to be able to walk short distances for 2.5 hours, and stand for up to 15-20 mins. An interest and enthusiasm for the subject makes the course more rewarding.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be a briefing session in the morning, at City Lit, with illustrated talks and small group activities.
After lunch the tutor will take you on a guided garden walk. You will make your own way to the City of London Tourist Information office opposite St Pauls Cathedral and meet the tutor there, so you need to be confident about using public transport on your own.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs involved. A notepad and pen will be useful. If you already have a x 10 hand lense please bring it along.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please explore our website for more course on ecology, habitats and conservation.
Letta Jones, MA, is a Lecturer in Horticulture and Garden History. She taught at Capel Manor College and and Birkbeck, University of London for 15 years. She now teaches classes at the City Lit, Marlborough College Summer School, Woodbrooke,Denman, Glenthorne and Knuston Hall. She is part of the Garden History Grapevine/Gardens Trust group which offers introductory and advanced courses in garden history www.gardenhistorygrapevine.wordpress.com. A guide at the Chelsea Physic Garden for 18 years, Letta now teaches on their education programme. She is a Green Flag Park judge and she also leads her own garden study tours abroad.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.