Healthy horticulture? The history of the Victorian Public Park

Course Dates: 31/07/21
Time: 14:45 - 17:15
Location: Online
The nineteenth century saw the creation of the first truly public parks up and down the country, heralding the golden age of fabulous municipal horticulture, architecture and sports facilities. In her talk Letta will trace the origins of these precious spaces with examples of surviving parks, assessing the contribution they make to our wellbeing and some of the management challenges ahead.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £15.00

Course Code: HS134

Sat, day, 31 Jul - 31 Jul '21

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

We will explore the influences and pressures which brought about the creation of public parks. Unlike the great landscape parks of the 18th century, the Victorian public park was free to all, and the founders had great ambitions for the social changes they would bring about.Victoria Park in East London was an early example and we’ll consider how it influenced later park designs.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- The origins of public parks
- The key designers and gardeners
- The horticulture, park features and sports offered
- Parks management today.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify the key stages in the development of public parks
- List some key surviving parks in London to visit
- Assess the role of parks in wellbeing
- Appreciate the challenges of maintaining parks today.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Open to everyone interested in finding out more about parks and their origins whether from a historical or horticultural point of view.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Presentation via Powerpoint slide and time for questions and discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. A notebook will be useful.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HS262: Great gardeners
HS264: Summer Trees
HS090: An introduction to ornithology and birdwatching
HS263: Top garden plants
HS264: Summer trees
HS172: An introduction to London's Woodlands
HS265: Discover Hill Garden and Pergola, Hampstead: an illustrated talk
HS266: Discover Battersea Park: an illustrated talk.

Letta Jones

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 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.