Great London gardens
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HS262
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
We will consider the history and creation of two historic gardens in London, their design, horticulture and the legacy of key people involved. With a background briefing at City Lit in the morning ,followed by a site visit in the afternoon.
What will we cover?
The history and horticulture of Holland Park, Kensington and The Hill and Pergola Gardens, Hampstead:
- The context in which these gardens were created
- Plants, garden design, landscape architecture and horticulture and key designers and their influence
- The management and use of these open spaces today.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- List the contribution these people have made to our understanding of plants and garden design and their legacy in open spaces
- Assess how plants were and are used in landscape and ornamental horticulture.
- Appreciate the influences these two great gardens have had on gardens and parks today
- Identify some seasonal plants of interest.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge required.
You will need a good level of physical fitness to undertake the afternoon visits which involve walking on uneven ground, slopes and steps, with periods of standing 15- 20 minutes.
Public transport details will be provided to reach the afternoon sites from City Lit. You will need to be confident using buses and the tube to find your own way to the visits after the morning session at City Lit, and your way home at the end of the visit.
Public transport details will be provided
to reach the visit sites from City Lit. You will need to be confident using buses and the tube to find your own way to the visits after the morning session at City Lit and your way home at the end of the visit.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be a class and briefing session in the morning at City Lit and a visit off site in the afternoon of both days of the course. No work required outside the class.
Recording or photography of the class is not permitted. Plant identification apps are not included.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring a notebook and pencil, strong non slip walking shoes, raincoat and umbrella as visits take place whatever the weather. An oyster or travel card will be needed for the afternoon visits.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please explore our website for more courses on conservation, ecology and habitats.
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.