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This subject examines the history of garden making in Europe and Australia and the influence history has had on contemporary garden design. The focus is on the 18th to the 20th Century. Notable gardens discussed include those from Islam, Medieval Europe and the areas of Renaissance and Baroque Italy. The influences of the Arts and Crafts movement, modernism and postmodernism and their relevance to contemporary design are explored. Elements of and approaches to contemporary garden design are explored within an Australian context. Guest lecturers and site visits will include successful practitioners in the field. Management and design issues relating to large gardens such as a Botanic or National Trust Garden will be explored through lectures provided by operational managers and via excursions to Australian heritage, botanical and contemporary garden sites.
Intended learning outcomes
The objects of this subject are intended to extend the participant’s ability to read a landscape and be able to:
- discuss historical garden and landscape styles and their relationships;
- discuss contemporary design issues and elements and their relationship to garden history;
- describe processes and practices used in residential and small-scale landscape design;
- understand management issues in a heritage, botanical or contemporary landscape
At the conclusion of this subject the student should be able to:
- discuss historical and contemporary garden and landscape styles and their relationships;
- describe design principles and plant composition and applications;
- outline the processes and practices used in residential and small-scale landscape design;
- analyse planting design using outcome-based criteria; and
- demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues in garden design.
Last updated: 2 December 2019