Garden History Course Online

Garden History Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

An understanding of garden history can provide a wonderful foundation for improving your garden design skills.

This is garden history course is not only for students of garden design, but also for practicing professional designers, and horticulturists who wish to broaden their understanding of gardens across many countries and over the centuries. Based upon curriculum prepared by the RHS for the Master of Horticulture (This can be taken also as part of that Masters degree), the course has been written by highly qualified garden designers from both the UK and Australia, to present different styles of gardens and demonstrate the evolution of gardens across the world.

Course Aims:

  • Become familiar with a brief outline of garden history, reasons for studying garden history, and the scope and nature of garden conservation today.
  • Discuss the development of private gardens through to the present day and to identify the influence of key factors such as wealth, status, war, travel and function.
  • Discuss the development of public gardens and commercial landscapes through to the present day and to identify the influence of key factors such as wealth, status, war, travel and function.
  • Provide examples of gardens and designed landscapes associated with individuals and illustrate the association both from historic and contemporary perspectives.
  • Identify key individuals such as designers, horticulturists, plant hunters and writers who have influenced horticulture
  • Describe how various influences from different countries have come together in the modern world to impact on garden designs and built landscape developments, across the modern world, in places other than where those cultural, historic or other influences first originated.
  • Identify the value of gardens and designed landscapes in terms such as education, heritage, leisure, tourism, plant conservation, economy and conservation of skills; Identify and assess threats to these landscapes and available mitigation measures including legal safeguards; Show an awareness of planning policy, planning law and planning bodies.
  • Explain the role of ‘English Heritage’ and its equivalents in promoting and protecting significant landscapes; and the role of the Register of Parks & Gardens of Special Historic Interest; Describe the role of other organisations such as CABE Space, Local Authorities, Historic Houses Association, Garden History Society, National Trust, RHS, Council for Conservation of Plants, and private owners of gardens


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    Detailed Course Outline

    This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

    There are 8 lessons in this course:


    • Ancient Middle Eastern Gardens
    • Chinese Gardens
    • UK Garden History
    • Important English Landscapers
    • Europe; Spanish Gardens, Monastery Gardens,Le Notre
    • The World; Olmstead, Burle Marx, Australian Bush Garden, Permaculture
    • The Worlds First Plant Collectors
    • Reasons for Studying Garden History
    • Scope of Garden Conservation

    Development of Private Gardens

    • Early Private Gardens
    • Persian Gardens
    • Sino Japanese GTardens
    • Hispano Arabic Gardens
    • Italian
    • French
    • English

    Development of Public and Commercial Landscapes

    • Earliest Public Gardens
    • Development of the English Park
    • The Park Today
    • Factors Influencing Development of Parks
    • Streetscapes and Public Landscapes

    Great Gardens & Gardeners of the World

    • Villa D’Este
    • Villa Lante
    • Vaux-le-Viconte
    • Versailles
    • Stowe
    • Hidcote Manor

    People who Influenced Gardens

    • Sir Frances Bacon
    • Joseph Furttenbach
    • Sir Joseph Banks
    • Edward Beard Budding
    • Dr Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward
    • Plant Collectors -review of around 40 important collectors over the 19th and 20th centuries

    Globalisation of Gardens

    • Indian Influences
    • Chinese Influences
    • Japanese Influence
    • Eclecticism in the nineteenth and twentieth century
    • Resurgence of the Renaissance Garden
    • Influence of William Robinson and Gertrude Jeckyll
    • Burle Marx
    • Permaculture Gardens

    Scope and Nature of Modern Garden Conservation

    • Introduction
    • Approaches to Conservation
    • Conservation Policy
    • Collecting Information for Garden Conservation
    • Storing Information for Garden Conservation

    The Role of Organisations in Garden Conservation

    • English Heritage
    • Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England
    • The Impact of Registering Sites
    • CABE Space
    • National Trust
    • Royal Horticultural Society
    • Garden History Society

    When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

    Course Tutor(s)

    Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)

    Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.