The Garden as Art -- The European Tradition
This is not a horticulture course about "how to grow a better rose bush." It's an art course focusing on the ways in which garden design reflects the cultural milieu and spirit of the time in which it is created. Earlier courses in this series dealt with the history of world garden design and American, tropical, and specialty gardens. In 2011, we examined three important roots of garden design: Paradise gardens, Asian gardens, and English naturalistic gardens. In this course, we will focus on the evolution of the European formal garden, a branch of landscape design that evolved from the ancient walled courtyard gardens, reached its pinnacle during the Italian Renaissance and French Baroque periods, and spread throughout the European Continent and beyond. Our Guest Speaker will be Professor Bradley Goetz, Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at CSU Fort Collins. If you missed the earlier courses, you'll find some background information on the class website (below) under The Basics.
Course Format: The format of the course is lecture/PowerPoint presentations, videos, and Q/A -- this is NOT primarily a discussion course. Presentations will be given by Lorraine Sherry and Brad Goetz. We will see several videos from Penelope Hobhouse's DVD Set: "The Art & Practice of Gardening." There is no textbook for this course; resources are available on the class website.
Learning Objective: Participants will gain an understanding of various types of world gardens as a reflection of the prevailing culture and the spirit of the times.
Class Website: Participants should have access to a computer in order to view the Online Reading Assignments on this class website. It is strongly suggested that you read each online assignment. It would also be a good idea to print out the timelines.
Class Schedule [Feb. 28, 2013 class is cancelled]
Website updated February 5, 2013
E-mail Lorraine Sherry