Improving Nature? The Contemporary Garden
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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The Modern Garden is as exciting now as it ever was. By focusing largely on women gardeners, designers, plant hunters and garden makers, we will examine both the stylistic changes and plants that are used to create the contemporary garden we know today.
Topics to be covered:
- Garden creation in Britain throughout the twentieth century has been influenced predominantly by the British obsession with ‘plantsmanship’, the herbaceous border and notions of the ‘amateur gentleman gardener’. Focussing primarily on garden creation in Britain, this new course will explore the influence new plants, their planting styles, and the exciting adventures of the plant hunters throughout the wider world, had on garden design and formulation.
- To evaluate the role of wealthy garden creators both men and women, their plant breeding and the gardens they created and how they have influenced the design and planting of private gardens and the wider landscape.
- To explore and assess the particular importance of new and recently introduced plants and their importance and subsequent contribution to the development of the modern garden.
- To evaluate the relationship between these new plants and their influence over garden design through garden and landscape design in the 20th and 21st centuries.
- To enhance student’s appreciation and understanding of the influence of more recent plant introductions on modern gardens and landscapes within notions of sustainability and ecology.
- Contemporary developments in garden design and the innovative use of plants, ecological issues, sustainability and the use of new materials.
Who is this course for?
Anyone interested in learning more about the making of the modern garden. Current planting techniques ,styles and the plants men and women of influence. Gardens and garden makers both here in the United Kingdom and further afield, primarily Europe and America will be considered and discussed.
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.
- Stephen Anderton, Discovering Welsh Gardens (Graffeg, 2009)
- Jane Brown, The English Garden Through the Twentieth Century (Garden Art Press, 1999)
- Jane Brown, The Modern Garden (Thames and Hudson, 2000)
- Jean-Louis Cohen, Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes (Thames and Hudson, 2013)
- Katie Campbell, Icons of 20th Century Landscape Design (Frances Lincoln, 2006)
- Thomas Church, Gardens are for People (University of California Press, 1993)
- Sylvia Crowe, Garden Design (Garden Art Press, 1971)
- Trish Gibson, Brenda Colvin: A Career in Landscape. Frances Lincoln (3 Feb 2011)
- Piet Oudolf, Noel Kingsbury,Planting : A New Perspective (Timber Press 2013)
- George Plumptre, The Gardens of England: Treasures of the National Gardens Scheme, (Merrell Publishers Ltd 2013)
- Tim Richardson, The New English Garden (Frances Lincoln, 2013)
- Tim Richardson, Avant Gardeners: 50 Visionaries of the Contemporary Landscape (Thames and Hudson, 2009)
- Tim Richardson, Futurescapes , Thames and Hudson (2011)
- Rory Stuart, What are Gardens for?, Frances Lincoln (5 September 2012)
- Tom Turner, British Gardens. History, Philosophy and Design (Routledge 2013)
- Andrew Wilson, Influential Gardens: the designers who shaped 20thcentury 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 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.
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.