Seminars meet each weekday morning, 09.15-10.45 and 11.15-12.45, with afternoons free for course-related field trips, individual study or exploring the many beautiful places in and around the city.
Garden art of Medieval and Renaissance England. The garden as paradise, an escape from the terrors of a natural world; and the garden portrait as a status symbol.
The 18th century garden in paintings. Nature perfected “as Reynolds would picture some exquisite maid”. The rise of the picturesque and of the plantsman’s picturesque.
The splendour of the high Victorian garden and its rejection by advocates of the Arts and Crafts movement. A new marriage of painting and gardening in the gardens of Gertrude Jekyll, William Robinson and Alfred Parsons.
Visit to Stourhead in Wiltshire: an 18th century garden inspired by paintings and an inspiration for later painters.
The 20th century: modern art and the garden.
Destination: Stourhead; Wiltshire
Excursion Rating: Moderate
Up to two hours' walk on even ground or up to an hour's walk on rough and/or steep ground or up lots of stairs and steps.