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The Art of the Garden: from Rome to the Renaissance; from Versailles to Giverny and Beyond

Who doesn’t love a garden?  From the Biblical Garden of Eden to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon–one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World –gardens are part of our civilization.  The Romans had their interior peristyles and Campanian villas: gardens, with pools, fruit trees, fish ponds — cool, peaceful, often colorful, and restful.  Medieval monasteries had their cloisters.  In the Renaissance garden, design and construction became a science that developed into high art in Tudor England and 17th C France, culminating in the landscape garden of the 18th C.

In this class we will look at gardens and their design from Rome to the Renaissance, from Versailles to Giverny and beyond.  We will study the history of the garden design and notable landscape gardeners.  The class will be heavily illustrated with photos from life and gardens in paintings and where to see them in film and locally. 

The class will be taught by Laura Donnelly, MA, who earned her master’s in Medieval and Early Modern European History from the George Washington University where she concentrated on 15th and 16th century British history.

This class is being presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University in partnership with The Village at Rockville.  Classes are $120 for Village Residents/ Osher Members and $135 for Non Residents/Community Members.  To register, email or call 301-294-7047.