THE ENGLISH LANDSCAPE GARDEN. ‘CAPABILITY’ BROWN’S POSTERITY (EGT3)

SUNDAY 6 AUGUST TO SUNDAY 13 AUGUST 2017

NEW FOR 2017

In 2017 our journey following the career of ‘Capability’ Brown examines his mature works. We also look at his influence on every aspect of landscape design up to the present day.

English gardening in the 18th century produced Brown’s vision of the smooth landscape park uniting sky, water and rolling green in a microcosm of creation. Chatsworth, Trentham and Harewood show his mature style and its integration of the landscape of culture into that of cultivation. Brown was followed by Humphry Repton with his famous ‘Red Books’. Tatton Park is a fine example of his work. With industrial urbanisation it became necessary to develop public parks in towns. The north of England is rich in this green philanthropy. Paxton, the Victorian renaissance man was a founder of several parks the most influential of which in Liverpool became the model for New York’s Central park (not on our programme!). Our contemporary world is very much a built environment but thanks to historic landscape architects it is a designed environment punctuated with green oases.

Price: £975 (GBP) per person

The package includes seven nights home stay in the pleasant suburb of Didsbury, South Manchester (bed, breakfast and evening meals)

  • English conversation classes
  • Picnic lunches
  • Transport and garden admission
  • Expert guide accompanying every visit
  • Manchester Airport transfers
  • Personal & baggage insurance (please see our Terms & Conditions Page)

 


 

Day Period Activity
Sunday 6/8 ARRIVALS
Arrivals Manchester Airport or Railway Station.
Transfer to host families.
Evening Dinner with host families.
Monday 7/8 MANCHESTER ORIENTATION & DUNHAM MASSEY
Morning Lunch and tour of Manchester’s historic centre followed by visit to Dunham Massey.  Landscape parks began as hunting preserves and Dunham’s ancient oak avenues are                            Norman pleasure grounds, ancestors to ‘Capability’ Brown’s smooth green deer parks
Evening Dinner with host families.
Tuesday 8/8 HAREWOOD HOUSE
All day Depart for whole day excursion to Harewood House where all the views are pictures! Fortunately we have the pictures to work with, some painted by Turner. The house provides a focal point in views of the landscape.    Turner was the first great artist to compliment ‘Capability’ Brown in this way
Evening Free
Wed.  9/8 TATTON PARK
Morning English conversation class and garden briefing
Afternoon Visit to Tatton Park. ‘Capability’ Brown’s most important successor was Humphry Repton with his famous interactive ‘Red Books’. Repton’s style was to take plain landscapes and make them picturesque.  Tatton Park is a fine example
Evening Free
Thursday 10/8 SARAH PRICE: ART GARDEN WHITWORTH  ART GALLERY
Morning English conversation class and garden briefing.

A lighter day permitting a chance to enjoy Manchester’s many cultural options and its new Art garden or participate in a cookery workshop, ‘The Great British Tea Ceremony’

Evening Free
Friday 11/8 TRENTHAM PARK & WEDGWOOD
Morning English conversation class and garden briefing.
A Gardener’s A to Z
Afternoon Visit to The Potteries and Trentham Park. At Trentham, ‘Capability’ Brown created one of his biggest lakes. This superb landscape  is the context for Victorian architectural                                              gardening and a recent restoration by  contemporary designers including Tom Stuart-Smith, Piet Oudolf and Nigel                                                                                                                          Dunnet
Evening Free
Saturday 12/8 CHATSWORTH
All day Depart for a whole day excursion to Chatsworth.

Chatsworth is a 17th century palace with a rich collection of art and antique furniture set in 400 hectares of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped park. At Chatsworth, Brown transformed the Derwent valley of the old deer park into a smooth green private world. All focus is on the palace in the trees, its gardens, water features and fabulous vistas

Evening Farewell Party at Moor Cottage with host families.
Sunday 13/8 DEPARTURES

Manchester Language School reserves the right to change the programme according to the availability of gardens, venues and speakers listed.

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