Shropshire Council

An Introduction to Garden History

Event details

  • Price: £120 per person
  • Venue: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

A six-week course offering an introduction to garden history, suitable for anyone who has an interest in the subject.

Encapsulating a fascinating mix of landscape, architectural, social, literary and art history, this course aims to introduce the study of garden history through a series of lively illustrated lectures, hands-on activities using primary source materials, opportunities for discussion and if you wish, advice for further reading and personal research projects.

Cost: £120 per person. To book: 01743 258881 or email:

The basic outline of the programme is as follows, and where possible, will include study of local examples:

Week 1 – Introduction to the course. What is garden history? How do we ‘do’ it? Covering the period up to and including the Renaissance.

Week 2 – 16th Century: the Elizabethan Garden.

Week 3 – Gardening in the 17th Century, focusing on new plants from the ‘New World’.

Week 4 – The 18th Century landscape garden and its precursors.

Week 5 – The 19th Century plus: Regency, Victorian and Edwardian gardens.

Week 6 – Modern gardens, including a summarising overview of the course and ‘Where next?’

An optional site visit will also be offered.

Course tutors will be Advolly Richmond MA and Dr Jill Francis. Take a look at a clip of Advolly's appearance on BBC's Gardeners' World recently.

The course will run at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery on Monday mornings, 10.00am to 1.00pm, from 16 September to 21 October 2019.