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Garden History 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Garden History will enlighten you, and vastly expand the scope of possibilities you have before you as a modern garden designer.
Learn about the history of our great gardens and gardeners.
Study the history of gardens and understand how gardens have evolved over the centuries, and broaden your perspective on what is possible and appropriate in garden design today. Lessons cover garden designers, great gardens and gardeners of the world, private and public gardens, globalization of gardens, scope and nature of modern garden conservation, the roles of organisations in garden conservation and much more.
Lesson Structure: Garden History BHT329
There are 8 Lessons:
1 Introduction – A Revision of the History of Gardens
- Ancient Mid-Eastern Gardens
- Chinese Gardens
- UK Garden History
- Important English Landscapers
- Spanish Gardens
- Monastery Gardens
- Olmstead (Frederick Law) 1822-1902
- Burle Marx (Roberto (1909-1994)
- Australian Bush Garden
- TheWorld’s first plant collectors
- Where Were Plants Introduced First?
- Important Plant Explorers, Pierre Belon (1518 -1563), Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656 -1708), Tradescants (1600’s), Sir Hans Sloane (1660 -1653), Sir Joseph Banks (1743 – 1820)
- Reasons for studying garden history
- Scope and nature of garden conservation today
2 Development of Private Gardens
- The Earliest Private Gardens
- Sino-Japanese Gardens
- Hispano-Arabic Gardens
- Italian Gardens
- French Gardens
- English Gardens
- The English Landscape Garden
3 Development of Public and Commercial Landscapes
- The Earliest Public Gardens
- The Development of the English Park
- The Park Today
- Factors Influencing the Development of Parks
- Streetscapes and other Public Landscapes
4 Great Gardens & Gardeners of the World
- The Villa D’Este
- The Villa Lante
- Hidcote Manor Garden
5 People who Influenced Gardens
- Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
- Joseph Furttenbach (1591-1667)
- Sir Joseph Banks (1743 – 1820)
- Edwin Beard Budding (1796-1846)
- Dr Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward
- Plant Collectors
- Frederick Mueller
- Bill Molyneaux and Roger Elliot
- Horticultural Authors and Media Presenters
6 Globalization of Gardens
- Indian Influences
- Chinese Influences
- Japanese Influences
- Eclecticism in the Nineteenth Century
- Eclecticism in the Twentieth Century
- Resurgence of the Renaissance Garden
- Influence of William Robinson and Gertrude Jekyll
- Burle Marx (Roberto (1909-1994)
- Permaculture Gardens
7 Scope and Nature of Modern Garden Conservation
- Approaches to Conservation
- Creative Conservation
- Conservation Policy: Design, Construction, Plants, Garden Spaces
- Collecting Information for Garden Conservation
- Storing Information for Garden Conservation
- Traditional Storage: Using Notebooks, Card Index, Filing Cabinets, Standing Files
- Computer Storage: Computers, Word Processing, Database Programmes, Web Authoring Programmes, Geographical Information Systems
8 The Role of Organisations in Garden Conservation
- English Heritage
- CABE Space
- National Trust
- Access and Engagement
- Skills and Partnership
- Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
- Garden History Society
- Australian Garden History Society
Learning Goals: Garden History BHT329
- Become familiar with a brief outline of garden history, reasons for studying garden history, and the scope and nature of garden conservation today.
- Discuss the development of private gardens through to the present day and to identify the influence of key factors such as wealth, status, war, travel and function.
- Discuss the development of public gardens and commercial landscapes through to the present day and to identify the influence of key factors such as wealth, status, war, travel and function.
- Provide examples of gardens and designed landscapes associated with individuals and illustrate the association both from historic and contemporary perspectives.
- Identify key individuals such as designers, horticulturists, plant hunters and writers who have influenced horticulture
- Describe how various influences from different countries have come together in the modern world to impact on garden designs and built landscape developments, across the modern world, in places other than where those cultural, historic or other influences first originated.
- Identify the value of gardens and designed landscapes in terms such as education, heritage, leisure, tourism, plant conservation, economy and conservation of skills; Identify and assess threats to these landscapes and available mitigation measures including legal safeguards; Show an awareness of planning policy, planning law and planning bodies.
- Explain the role of English Heritage and its equivalents in promoting and protecting significant landscapes; and the role of the Register of Parks & Gardens of Special Historic Interest; Describe the role of other organisations such as CABE Space, Local Authorities, Historic Houses Association, Garden History Society, National Trust, RHS, Council for Conservation of Plants, and private owners of gardens
Practical (Set Tasks)
Your tutor for this course is:
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
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You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
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A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
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A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
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Q. How long do I have to complete the course?
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Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a Project, instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons, there would be 10 assignments.
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Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click here.
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Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
SAMPLE OF BACKGROUND NOTES FOR LESSON 1 – Provides the basis of what you will learn in the lesson – approx 12.5 hours
Become familiar with a brief outline of garden history, reasons for studying garden history, and the scope and nature of garden conservation today.
INTRODUCTION – A REVISION OF THE HISTORY OF GARDENS
The following extract is from our Garden Renovation Course. Even if you have previously studied that course; re read this as a foundation for the remainder of this course.Although the beginnings of horticulture are lost in the mists of time, it is a certainty that plants were being selected and cultivated at the very beginning of human civilisation. Evidence has been found of gardens in ancient civilisations in all parts of the world: Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. As certain plants proved themselves to be valuable their use expanded, and they were spread beyond regions where they occurred naturally.
Ancient Mid-Eastern Gardens
There are records of man-created gardens as early as Egyptian, Persian and the first Asian civilisations. These gardens usually reflected strongly the culture and civilisation to which they belonged. Egyptian gardens were formal, symmetrical and strictly functional providing food (date palms, vegetables etc) and herbs. A papyrus dating 2000BC lists 85 different herbs used by the Egyptians. Stone columns or palms were frequently used to create avenues. These early Egyptian gardens were found only amongst the wealthy classes.
Around 650 BC King Nebuchadnezzar built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon for one of his wives. These gardens were simply plantings on each level of a tiered (stepped) temple. This was the standard form of construction for temples – the garden was simply an addition. In this garden, water drawn from a nearby river was used to create waterfalls and cascades.
The Persians were hunters, and as such preferred a lot of trees in their gardens to attract game. This idea rubbed off on the Assyrians who encouraged extensive plantings after contact with Persia. When the Persians conquered Egypt around 500 BC, they adopted the idea of enclosing the gardens with a high wall. All of these ideas combined together to give us the eastern style of landscaping (ie. a symmetrical garden, with tall trees and enclosed by a high wall).Over time middle eastern gardens evolved, but the one feature that remained was enclosure (being walled).
Chinese gardening began long before the time of Christ. There is a strong underlying pre-occupation with ethics and philosophy influenced by Taoism in Chinese gardening. This involves concentration on the unity of creation, harmony and order being developed to highlight nature through symbolic representation in a way that is not very common in western gardening. The principles of Feng Shui are often applied in Chinese garden design. Elements of the garden are positioned to bring good luck and provide the balance represented by the principles of yin and yang. Pure Chinese gardens lack lawns, symmetrical design, and artificial manipulation of water. These things however are common in Western gardens. European gardeners tend to appreciate and select plants for their function or beauty; but Chinese gardeners will often choose to use a plant for the same reason that they choose to use any other component – for its symbolism. For example, the Chinese see bamboo as representing an honourable man, because it bends in the wind, and does not break. The peony represents wealth and elegance. The peach represents immortality. The chrysanthemum, a symbol of autumn, was amongst the earliest commonly grown plants in China. Because it flowers in autumn and winter, it came to symbolise longevity. Records from the 12th century AD list 35 varieties of chrysanthemum being cultivated. In China, water rather than lawn is used to provide the peaceful surface for a large open area in the garden. A European garden might be built to surround a lawn; but a Chinese garden is more likely to be built to surround a lake or large pond. The shape of the water feature is determined by how it interacts with the other components of the design. The symbolism of the various elements in the Chinese garden is an important part of the design. Rocks are an important component because they symbolise permanency. Aged trees reveal qualities of strength, lengthy contemplation and grandeur. As Confucius said, “the wise find pleasure in water, the virtuous find pleasure in hills”.
UK Garden History
We have evidence of garden design in England back to the Roman times; however between 400 and 800 AD evidence of any significant garden design is rare if not totally void.
A great deal of evidence exists from Roman times to show that ornamental horticulture was highly developed there. Roman writers, such as Pliny the Younger, mention a wide variety of flowering plants as being grown by Romans (including Buxus, Hedera, Rosmarinus, Chrysanthemum, Rosa,Lilum, Iris, Laurus, etc). Roman gardens incorporated elements from other civilizations (Egyptian,Persian, Greek, etc), and may be seen as a natural synthesis of these various contributors.Roman gardens often utilised walls heavily and were often courtyards in the centre of a house. Murals, mosaics and paving were common. There are records of fish ponds, small trees and stone columns also being used in Roman courtyards. We know about the likely nature of Roman gardens in the England not only from evidence in the UK, but also evidence from all over the Roman World. While there may have needed to be some differences due to climatic variance and available materials, generally speaking, Roman architecture and garden design shared common features throughout the Roman World.
There were different types of gardens in Roman time:
- · The Courtyard or Enclosed Home Garden. Beyond the atrium there was an open courtyard which was used as an outdoor living area
- · Religious (Sacred) Gardens
- · Open Garden
- · Parks –a large number of private parks were established in Rome.
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A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
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