My online garden history course begins tomorrow for its monthly run - and there is still time to sign up. To give you a flavour of the course, Jean Cornell who took the course last month has written the following review. The words are wholly her own. Thank you Jean.
Of course a four-week course can only scratch the surface of this vast subject, and I have numerous things to continue to explore now the course is over. However it gives you a sound and enthusiastic introduction.
What the course does give is the context of why gardens have played such an important part in people’s lives since time immemorial. They reflect the culture and philosophy that was important when they were created, and help us understand why gardens continue to give such pleasure. Perhaps we overlook this today and take it for granted.
The course comprises four seminars – one a week delivered in a video and downloadable transcript. There is a weekly assignment, which you can use either photographs of gardens included in the seminar or ones of your choosing. There is a wealth of information to be found on the internet to provide additional information.
I have included illustrations of the gardens I used for my assignments to illustrate the variety of gardens covered.
|Chahar Bagh-e Shahazadeh, Iran|
|Croome Court, Worcestershire|
|Nicholson Wall, Sutton Court, Surrey|
Both my objectives were met. I needed to prove to myself that I had the skill to study again as I am starting an MA in Garden History in May. However this course caters for anyone with an interest in garden history as you have the freedom to tailor what you do to meet your own needs. It’s up to you how much you do.
Toby Musgrave exceeded my expectations about what help I could expect. Apart from the excellent seminars, he is happy to provide you with additional reading and constructive advice. His enthusiasm comes across throughout the course.
So have I any criticism? My main one is that submitting the assignment on line is a pain, in particular photographs which have to be uploaded separately from the text and one at a time. The only time I asked for support, I never got a reply. There is the opportunity to engage with fellow participants. On my course, the other participant was conspicuous by her absence.
That said, I hope Toby may do a follow-up course, perhaps to cover the more recent gardens in Europe or elsewhere in the world or the plant hunters and their discoveries.