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Perennial Splendors: England's Country House Gardens

Tread a (virtual) path through many glorious stately home gardens throughout England—some as famous as Sissinghurst and Stourhead, and others less well known but equally remarkable—to learn how English gardens have evolved over the centuries. A study of the English garden offers us more than idyllic views and gorgeous planting; it also provides a vivid portrait of English history and taste. Study a history that ranges from exquisite 17th-century formality, with its iconic decorative scrollwork hedges, to the Georgian landscape, for which the English were renowned, to Victorian flower-filled exuberance. Learn about the French and Italian influences, the passion for “fashionable” gardens, the role of the famed 18th-century “Capability” Brown, the impact of the Grand Tour on delightful garden buildings and statuary, and the importance of garden journals and manuscripts.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with the rich history of English home gardens
  • Increased familiarity with well-known English country house gardens throughout history

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Anglophiles and those with an interest in English history
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.


    • Section

    • Semester

      Spring 2018
    • Date

      Mar 24 - Mar 24
    • Day

    • Time

      • In-Person
    • Format

      • In-Person
    • Sessions

    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Tuition $165