This talk invites you to join me on a historical garden tour. We will look at a number of famous French and English examples from the 18th century in order to understand some contrasting underlying ideas of gardening. While you enjoy the pictures, I will comment on selected historical sources, including treatises, periodical essays, personal letters, even excerpts from poems and novels. You will learn to "read" 18th century English landscape gardens as comprehensive works of art that continue to talk back to us to the present day, revealing how people perceived their natural environment and what they looked for in gardens. Many of these gardens continue to flourish and can still be visited!
What is more, 18th century English garden architects already applied principles that have lately become fashionable and are considered important to preserve healthy and livable natural environments for your own children and children's children. Sustainable landscaping is one such idea. While nobody used the term "sustainability" 250 years ago, many gardeners and garden theorists of the period already understood the economic, ecological, aesthetic, and social relevance of sustainable gardening. Mixing genuinely English ideas with concepts borrowed from ancient Greece and Rome or imported from the Far East, English landscape gardens did not remain "English" very long: As you will see, they quickly spread to the European continent and also resulted in a number of "transplants" on American soil.
|Instructor||Baerbel Czennia, Ph.D.|
|Location||Business Conference Center
McNeese St. University
|Time||3:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
|Cost||$49 Until Sept. 26
$55 After Sept. 26
To register, please call (337) 475-5616