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Gentlemen Gardeners

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.


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COURSE DESCRIPTION

The significant gentlemen garden creators of the twentieth century created personal gardens for themselves and their friends to enjoy; some formed themselves into societies, others supported the great plant hunters of their day. We will evaluate both the well-known gentlemen garden makers and the less well-known garden creators, it will surprise and inform with many gardens not normally discussed in this context, from the restraint imposed by the military career right through to the flamboyance of theatrical and one-off garden creations. This course looks in detail at these gardeners and their gardens, bringing it right up to date with contemporary garden designers.

Topics to be covered:

The development of the modern garden and landscape throughout the twentieth century, and the invaluable role of highly significant gentleman gardeners, both amateur and professional. Masters such as William Robinson, H.Avray Tipping, Christopher Lloyd, Harold Peto and Lawrence Johnston. The plants men, the surnames of who live on in current plant nomenclature, E.A.Bowles, Collingwood Ingram, Lionel de Rothschild, Robert James and the Loder Brothers; right through to modern innovators and plants men such as Piet Oudolf, Tom Stuart-Smith, Ulf Nordfjell and Arne Maynard

The development of many great gardens of the twentieth century were often due to the unacknowledged influence and partnership with women gardeners. The course will explore such great partnership’s as Lawrence Johnston and Norah Lindsay and Vita Sackville West and Harold Nicolson

Contemporary garden designers and their highly influential presence among the significant garden exhibitions and shows, such as The Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court. While throughout Europe, innovation through the Chaumont International Festival of Gardens and Jardins Jardins in Paris, the German Landesgartenschau and the development of American urban parks and spaces will all be considered.

Who is this course for?

Anyone interested in learning more about the making of the modern garden. We will evaluate both the well-known gentleman garden makers and the less well-known garden creators, it will surprise and inform with many gardens not normally discussed in this context, from the restraint imposed by the military career right through to the flamboyance of theatrical and one-off garden creations.

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.

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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 www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre 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 the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

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