Welcome to Garden History Grapevine



We’re Letta Jones, David Marsh and Stephen Smith  – all experienced and enthusiastic lecturers and researchers in the history of gardens, landscape and horticulture.  We noticed that there were fewer and fewer garden history courses being laid on by institutions across the country and decided we’d try and do something about it, because we also noticed that there was a big demand for lively and informative ‘leisure’ courses, and for in-depth more specialist training and research based courses.


View from the roof of Broughton Castle, nr Banbury

View from the roof of Broughton Castle, nr Banbury

We’ve been working with all the big horticultural organizations  to try and stimulate and co-ordinate efforts to alter this, and its beginning to pay off.  In particular we’re working with The Gardens Trust to develop garden history courses outside of London.

Over the last couple of years,  in conjunction with the Birkbeck Garden History Group, [for more info see:  https://birkbeckgardenhistorygroup.wordpress.com]  we have run a series of one day introductions to garden history.  These proved a big success and we’re planning to run another one this autumn.



At the same time we’ve persuaded City Lit, the country’s biggest provider of adult education, to run a series of much longer courses looking at the subject chronologically over the next 4 or 5 years. So far we’ve covered  mediaeval, Tudor and 17thc gardens and are currently in the middle of the 18thc.

In the autumn we’ll be running one on the picturesque garden and designed landscapes of the later 18thc, and in the spring of 2019 taking that through into the early 19thc with one that looks at John and Jane Loudon, Joseph Paxton and Shirley Hibberd amongst others.

For more on these see:   http://www.citylit.ac.uk and search for garden history.

We’ve also been running some more specialist courses based at the Institute of Historical Research.  So far we’ve covered the  History of Botanic Gardens, Research skills and sources, the History of Public Parks, Humphry Repton in Context, and we hope to offer one on Plants in Garden History this autumn.  You can find details of the forthcoming ones on the Courses page.

from In the Garden  with the Totterings, copyright Annie Tempest

from In the Garden with the Totterings, copyright Annie Tempest

You’ll also find more detailed descriptions and outline proposals of all of these, and book  a place on Eventbrite:




We operate as individuals, working in co-operation rather than working for a business. And we all have other interests that we like to pursue as well.  This gives us more freedom to pick and choose what we do, but it also means that we get the advantage of working with like minded colleagues, and building up an audience of equally enthusiastic and lively people.  We’d love you to come along to one of our classes or study days and see for yourself!

We’re also looking for new colleagues who want to work with us in the future. If you want to discuss the possibilities with us then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our email is gardenhistorygrapevine@zoho.com

Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire

Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire

If you want to know more about us then follow the links to our own individual websites.

Letta:  http://lettajones.co.uk

David:  www.gardenhistorytalks.com

Stephen: http://www.srasmith.co.uk

Version 2

In the new gardens at Hidcote, Gloucs


About The Gardens Trust

Email - education@thegardenstrust.org Website - www.thegardenstrust.org
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s