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Selling the Suburban Dream: the growth of the domestic garden

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

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This course is currently not being offered in the academic year 2015 - 2016.

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Whilst the roots of garden making may lie in shaping the estates and landscapes of the gentry, the domestic garden is largely a creation of the 20th century. We will study the growth of the domestic garden and the influences and stylistic changes that brought this about, from the use of new materials and plants, to the media interest in selling the suburban dream.

Topics to be covered:

The development of the modern garden and landscape throughout the twentieth century, and the invaluable role played within this of the suburban garden and also the influence thereupon of the many stylistic changes through architecture, media and plant introductions upon the creation of ‘our own little plots’.

The influence both on private and public gardens of the change in lifestyle throughout the period. The role such lifestyle changes would make upon the design and our demands from gardens and the introduction of new materials and ideas that we would adopt within the making of these garden spaces.

We examine Modernism and the innovation of the Festival of Britain, through to the growth and development of suburbia, right up to present day notions of contemporary house design and the garden. We will look at the development of the modern garden through the twentieth century. Beginning with a grand tour of the British Isles we
will study planting and organisation of space, including ecological issues, sustainability and the use of new materials.

Contemporary garden designers and their influential presence at 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. 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.

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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 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

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