City of London gardens: their history and botany

Course Dates: 28/10/19
Time: 10:15 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Discover the delights of some small gardens in London's Square Mile, where rich planting enhances historic sites. Special trees are a highlight. Practical plant identification will be provided at Build in the morning, with a guided walk in the afternoon.

Letta Jones, MA, is a Lecturer in Horticulture and Garden History. She taught at Capel Manor and Birkbeck Colleges for 15 years as well as at the Build. She is a is a Green Flag Parks judge.


What is the course about?

The City of London, the Square Mile, has 47 gardens, 43 churchyards and 110 other planted areas in 10.5 acres of open space. We will explore the history and planting of a selection of gardens including St Pauls churchyard, Christchurch Greyfriars, Postman's Park, and the herb gardens of the Barber Surgeons Company.

What will we cover?

History and origins of the site: eg churchyard, graveyard, city wall, bomb sites, Livery Company garden
Social history and people involved
Planting styles
Plant group may include: trees, shrubs, herbaceous, climbers, annuals ,medicinal herbs
Plant Identification, practical tips.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

List some of the origins of City gardens
Appreciate the range of planting groups and styles
List some of the key individuals and organisations involved in creating and maintaining these precious spaces.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

An interest and enthusiasm for the subject
You will need to be able to walk short distances for 2.5 hours, and stand for up to 15-20 mins.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

There will be a briefing session in the morning,at Build, with illustrated talks and small group activities.
After lunch the tutor will take you on a guided garden walk .You can meet at the City of London Tourist Information office opposite St Pauls Cathedral or travel with the tutor to start the walk.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs involved. A notepad and pen will be useful.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HS021 Introduction to botany
HS184 Exploring wetlands in early spring
HS133 London tree walks
HS139 Colour in the natural world.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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A good opportunity to explore some small London parks and to learn about a selection of trees. A brief outline of the history and planting of the parks is provided. Focus is on trees rather than a range of plants.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 05/11/2018)
Go, you will enjoy the day.
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Review by Helen / (Posted on 05/11/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Letta Jones

Letta Jones, MA, is a Lecturer in Horticulture and Garden History. She taught at Capel Manor College and and Birkbeck, University of London for 15 years. She now teaches classes at the Build, Marlborough College Summer School, Woodbrooke,Denman, Glenthorne and Knuston Hall. She is part of the Garden History Grapevine/Gardens Trust group which offers introductory and advanced courses in garden history A guide at the Chelsea Physic Garden for 18 years, Letta now teaches on their education programme. She is a Green Flag Park judge and she also leads her own garden study tours abroad.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: HS112

Mon, day, 28 Oct - 28 Oct '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £26.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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