HIST216 Historic Garden Preservation

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Historic Preservation

I. Course Number and Title
HIST216 Historic Garden Preservation
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course provides an overview of garden preservation and/or restoration for historic sites. The student will be introduced to American landscape design, the science of horticulture, and landscape site preparation. Students will receive hands-on training in many facets of a formal garden restoration project on campus. Field trips are included.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    1. To reinforce the importance of landscape preservation/restoration, which has typically been overlooked during the restoration of historic buildings;
    2. To introduce the student to the four broad periods of American landscape design;
    3. To provide the student with the knowledge and ability to conduct a site analysis, carry-out comprehensive research on the particular and similar sites, and develop a long-term plan for restoration;
    4. To provide an overview of plan anatomy and physiology. Authentic plants for period gardens will be emphasized, as well as growth requirements and other environmental considerations important for plan longevity;
    5. To stress the importance of site maintenance following restoration. This aspect of the garden restoration plan tends to be given minimal attention, if not overlooked entirely; and
    6. To enable the student to participate in a comprehensive restoration project on campus; whereby, each student would be presented with the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained from lecture, text readings, and class trips.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Introduction to Course
    2. Early 20th Century American Landscape Design
    3. Overview of Tyler Formal gardens, Site Analysis
    4. American Landscape Design -- Colonial, New Nation, Victorian
    5. Research and Plan Development
    6. Introduction to Botany, Authentic Horticultural Plants for Period Gardens
    7. Overview of Soil Science, Site Preparation for Planting
    8. Work in Tyler Garden
    9. Maintenance in the Restored Garden
    10. Field Trip -- Winterthur Museum, Garden, Library, Winterthur Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Wilmington
    11. Field Trip -- Chanticleer, Wayne
    12. Field Trip -- Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square
    13. Project Presentations
    14. Work in Tyler Garden
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 12/99; New Core 8/2015