Garden History and Contemporary Design

Subject 207-312 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-six hours lectures
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Ms Anne Virginia Vale
Subject Overview:

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, modernism, postmodernism and the contemporary garden are explored within an Australian context.

Processes, principals and planting design applications behind contemporary garden design are outlined in conjunction with the creation of a garden design portfolio assignment. Guest lecturers will include successful practitioners in the field.

The 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 excursions to Australian heritage, botanical and contemporary garden sites.

The content includes:

  • an overview of garden history and its influence on contemporary design
  • contemporary garden design and designers
  • processes, principals and practices used in garden design
  • design conservation and management of heritage, botanical and contemporary sites
  • planting design and applications
  • visits to contemporary and heritage landscapes.

The objectives of this subject are intended to extend the participants' 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 the garden design process
  • understand management issues in a heritage, botanical or contemporary landscape.

Design portfolio assessments - 40%

Essay/report assessment - 40%

In class assessment - 20%

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Related Course(s): Bachelor of Horticulture
Bachelor of Horticulture (Honours)

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