Somerville Garden Club

Medieval Gardens Workshop – Lesley University

Medieval Gardens Workshop
Priscilla Baumann

Lesley University Continuing Education
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2010
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: University Hall, 4-040
Tuition: non-credit: $100

This one-day workshop traces the history and evolution of medieval gardens in western Europe, from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance. Topics of discussion include the varieties and influence of monastic gardens, the impact of the water gardens of Islamic Spain, and the exquisite ornamental gardens of the fifteenth century, designed solely for pleasure and sensual delight. Selected slide images of paintings and manuscript illuminations illustrate details of medieval gardeners at work, the tools they used and the surprising views of their garden designs.

The workshop is full of slides of Medieval art and lecture/discussion about Medieval gardens, and finishes with a project where attendees utilize the day’s lecture to create their own design for a Medieval-style garden.

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