Great botanists

Course Dates: 01/06/19 - 29/06/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Letta Jones

We will examine the lives and scientific contributions of key people in the history of botany and gardens, from the 16th to the 20th centuries: John Gerard, Philip Miller, John Fothergill, Humphry Repton, and Thomas Mawson. Five London-based visits included; one additional entrance fee £12 approx.


What is the course about?

Considering the life story, scientific contribution and legacy of some key people in the history of science, medicine botany and horticulture, in their historical context, with a chance to visit some of the places and plants they were connected with.
John Gerard (1545-1612)- visit to Barber Surgeons Hall Gardens and Barbican
Philip Miller (1691-1771) Visit to Chelsea Physic Garden
John Fothergill (1712-1780) visit to West Ham Park, Stratford
Humphry Repton (1752-1818) with visit to Kenwood, Hampstead
Thomas Mawson (1861-1933) with visit to Hill and Pergola Garden, Hampstead.

What will we cover?

Plants, medicine, garden design, landscape architecture, botanic gardens past and present, the history of plant identification, sites associated with these key botanists.

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

List the contribution these people have made to our understanding of plants today, their legacy in open spaces and how plants were and are used in landscape, medicine and ornamental horticulture.

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

No previous knowledge required.
You will need a good level of physical fitness to undertake the afternoon visits which involve walking on uneven ground , slopes and steps, with periods of standing up to 15 minutes. Public transport details will be provided to reach the visit sites from Build, you will need to be confident using buses and the tube to find your own way to the visits after the morning session at Build. ,and your way home at the end of the visit.

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

There will be a class and briefing session in the morning at Build and a visit off site in the afternoon of every day of the course. No work required outside the class.

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

Entrance fee applies at the Chelsea Physic Garden (approx £12) , free if you are a Friend of the CPG, details from the tutor at the first class.
Bring a note book and pencil, strong non slip walking shoes, raincoat and umbrella as visits take place what ever the weather .An oyster or travel card will be needed for the afternoon visits.

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

Look out for natural history courses in our Summer 2018 programme.

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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Course Code: HS157

Sat, day, 01 Jun - 29 Jun '19

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £100.00
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