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The Making of the Modern Garden

Level 4, 10 Credits.

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Garden making continues to thrive. We will discuss contemporary gardens, plants and planting style, and modern houses in our bid to determine what and who have influenced this new movement. Indeed, is there only one movement as so many imply, or numerous styles and types that all make for such a fascinating period for garden making?

Topics to be covered:

Unashamedly focused on the contemporary garden in all its variety and forms, we will focus on the many themes and forms of the modern garden as it is now, and how it may evolve.

Whilst it appears that the ‘Naturalistic’ or ‘Prairie’ planting theme predominates, there are many others running aside or in reaction to this current wave of thought within garden making.

Whilst many gardens throughout the world are studied, we focus largely on European garden makers, and recent landscapes throughout America and Australia.

Both public and private gardens are studied and emphasis is placed on difficult to see private gardens and spaces, enabling a privileged insight into the state of current garden making.

Who is this course for?

Anyone interested in learning more about the making of the modern 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, Icons of 20th Century Landscape Design (Frances Lincoln, 2006)

Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant

Communities for Resilient Landscapes (Timber Press 2016).

Rory Stuart, What are Gardens for?, Frances Lincoln (5 September 2012)

Penelope Hill, Contemporary History of Garden Design: European Gardens between Art and Architecture (Basel: Birkhauser, 2004).

Penelope Hobhouse, In Search of Paradise: Great Gardens of the World (Frances Lincoln: 2006).

Piet Oudolf, Noel Kingsbury,Planting : A New Perspective (Timber Press 2013).

Tim Richardson, Futurescapes , Thames and Hudson (2011).

Jane Waymark, Modern Garden Design (London: Thames & Hudson, 2003).

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.