Great gardeners

Course Dates: 27/04/21 - 18/05/21
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: Online
Discovering the stories of 4 great British Gardeners, their life and times and their legacy today.
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 £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £30.00

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Course Code: HS262

Started Tue, eve, 27 Apr - 18 May '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Discovering the stories of 4 great British Gardeners, their life and times and their legacy today.

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?

Our focus will be on
- Capability Brown (1716-1783)
- Joseph Paxton (1803-1865)
- Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) and
- Beth Chatto (1923-2018).

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

By the end of the course you should be able to:
- List the key influences of these 4 gardeners on the history of gardens
- List examples of some of their surviving gardens and
- Assess their contribution to gardens today.

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

Enthusiasm and curiosity are all that is required, whether you are a gardener yourself or not.

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

There will be presentations using powerpoint. Additionally, a reading list will be provided.

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

There are no additional costs, but it might be useful to to bring a notedpad and a pen (or an eletronic equivalent).

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

HS263: Top garden plants
HS264: Summer trees
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.