Garden history

Influential Women Gardeners in English History

The course explores some of the most influential women who have shaped our ideas of English garden design and planting styles over the last five Centuries. The journey will start with the Elizabethan era, moving to the influence of key women during transition from formal to landscape gardens in the 1700s, evaluating their impact in defining Victorian garden style and their influence on the emancipation of women in the 20th Century.

This will cover some well known garden design pioneers such as Gertrude Jekyll, Vita Sackville-West and Beth Chatto. The course will also make reference to less known women who have helped shape our gardens and planting preferences including flower painter Marianne North and herbaceous border planting designer Norah Lindsay.


Suitable for all


Teaching Styles:

Group Work






Marion Dale

01935 829313