This garden design course looks at the history for garden design - from ancient Egyptian gardens to modern urban gardens, and gives you an insight into the role gardens perform in art, culture and purpose.
The course is suitable for students of all levels.
Ornamental gardens are complex, three-dimensional, (albeit overlooked) works of art, and ever since the first garden was made in Ancient Egypt some 4,300 ago they have acted as cultural barometers.
Down the millennia and across continents every civilisation and nation has developed its own garden styles. Over time and place these styles have evolved in tune with changes in the cultural, artistic, social, economic, technological and political landscapes.
From peristyle courtyards of Roman villas to erotic and sensuous paradises of the Islamic world from the stylized nature of Japanese gardens through the Baroque opulence of Versailles to Arts and Crafts and cottage garden artisanship and the functionality of Californian Modern. Garden art and culture have always been profoundly interactive - at one and the same each shapes the other. As a result of this unique relationship garden art is an intrinsic, integral and influential component of the zeitgeist.
For example, one of the influences on the Italian Renaissance garden was the desire to understand the relationship between Man, God and Nature, and political ideology and sexual innuendo helped shape the English landscape garden.
And as for the 20th century suburban garden...it was loaded with the expression of expected cultural values.
Garden History therefore takes an interdisciplinary approach. Artistic analysis of individual garden styles will reveal design principles and aesthetics, and the garden form will be deconstructed to display the style’s constituent elements, their configuration and the planting.
Simultaneous cultural analysis of the garden style will identify and interpret its interactions with the zeitgeist, provide insight into the garden’s role and purpose, and explain how the garden style impacted the cultural spectrum, both nationally and on a global level.
Of the Ancients and the East
Man, God and the Garden
Turning the Wheel of Fashion
Art, Craft, Nature and Modernism.
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Meet Dr Toby Musgrave
The hustle and bustle of a city does not usually correspond with the serenity of a garden. In Phaidon’s latest hardcover, Green Escapes: The Guide to Secret Urban Gardens by Dr Toby Musgrave, the correlation is not only evident, but necessary
I have written 10 books and counting. I'm a practising lecturer and write a well trafficked blog - Garden History Matters.
As a garden designer I have created gardens in the UK, the USA, India and in Denmark. I live in Denmark, am 'between gardens' and find the climate ‘challenging’.
I look forward to sharing my knowledge on Garden History with you. I joined Learning with Experts because I'm keen to help educate the next generation through digital learning.
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