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The Country House and Garden

Level 4, 10 Credits.

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Recently constructed gardens and houses seek to reinterpret the country estate. We begin by considering established and well-known country estates created over the last four centuries, with a particular focus on the 20th century.  The exciting tour of gardens and houses that follows reveals the significance and influence for garden making, and is full of surprises!

Topics to be covered:

The development of the modern country house, garden and landscape throughout the twentieth century, and the invaluable role the country house and the surrounding landscape play, even today, in allowing designers to explore many themes and styles they can only hint at within an urban or suburban context.

We discuss the work of a number of contemporary garden makers; Andy Sturgeon, Cleve West, Tom Stuart Smith, Dan Pearson, amongst others. All having created country house gardens and all exploring and designing their many and diverse design styles within the broad country house situation, allowing them the full expression for their vision to be fully realised.

We explore the often dominant influence of Gertrude Jekyll, Vita Sackville West and Lawrence Johnston’s legacies, particularly within country house garden making and we explore the diverse way in which so many designers push the boundaries whilst attempting to fulfil their clients brief for formality and a traditional English country garden!

Many public but also secluded and privately owned gardens and houses will be discussed, allowing an insight into what is often dismissed and the traditional bastion of the garden maker and providing an exciting vision of garden making as it is today and for the future.

Who is this course for?

Anyone interested in learning more about the making of the country house and garden. This course aims to enable a broad understanding of the features of gardens, and to make garden visiting a much more enjoyable and informed pleasure.

Learning and Teaching

There will be lectures, case studies and group discussions.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

Jane Brown, The English Garden Through the Twentieth Century (Garden Art Press, 1999).

Jane Brown, The Modern Garden (Thames and Hudson, 2000).

Katie Campbell,British Gardens in Time (Frances Lincoln, 2015).

Helena Gerrish, Edwardian Country Life (Frances Lincoln, 2011).

Stephen Lacey , Gardens of the National Trust 2016 (National Trust Books 2016).

Toby Musgrave, Paradise Gardens (Frances Lincoln 2016).

Adrian Tinniswood The Long Weekend: The Country House Between the Wars, (Jonathan Cape in March 2016).

Sarah Rutherford , Capability Brown: And His Landscape Gardens (National Trust Books 2016).

Victoria Summerley, Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds ( London: Frances Lincoln 2015).

Jane Powers, The Irish Garden ( London: Frances Lincoln 2015).

George Plumptre, The English Country House Garden ( London: Frances Lincoln 2015).

Andrew Wilson, Influential Gardens: the designers who shaped 20th-century garden style (London: Mitchell Beazley 2002).

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by contacting us on (029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact us on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.