They Made a Garden
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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Writers, Painters, Sculptors and Designers have all sought to chronicle and seek inspiration from the garden. Looking beyond Giverny and Little Sparta, our analysis starts with the Bloomsbury Group and proceeds through to contemporary garden making, in which artists have sought to further express themselves and create their own private paradise.
Topics to be covered:
Artists, writers and sculptors gardens throughout garden history are studied, the gardens they create and or write about, or paint. Gardens that are well known, such as those created by Beatrix Potter or Thomas Hardy will be analyzed, yet many others publicly and privately were creating gardens and we look at many of these, both throughout Great Britain and Europe and America.
We go on a grand tour of gardens created by painters from Monet at Giverny to Charles-François Daubigny, both the gardens and their paintings will be discussed along with many that may even surprise you.
Representation of gardens both in art and writing will be analyzed, as will their importance throughout garden and landscape history.
Sculptors and sculpture, particularly throughout the twentieth century will be discussed, highlighting the work of Moore and Hepworth and their importance as part of modern garden design.
Stephen Spender, David Hockney, Gerrit Rietveld; diverse artists stylistically, but examples of the many significant artists that have in some way influenced or painted representations of gardens. We look at their work and several others in relation to gardens.
We study many of the great water colourists of the Edwardian era. Their significance in the early days of photography in recording many gardens and in some cases the gardens they themselves are involved with.
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.
- 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.cf.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.