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Spectacular & Surprising European Gardens

Step into a world of stunning beauty and timeless elegance and explore the history of gardens from the Renaissance to the Nineteenth Century. Journey through the majestic gardens of Italy and France, and uncover the secrets behind some of the most exquisite outdoor spaces in history.


This immersive course will take you on a journey through the evolution of two distinct garden styles, from their origins in the Renaissance to their peak during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, all the way to the revival of both styles in the nineteenth century. You'll explore the cultural, social, and political influences that shaped these gardens and the philosophies that inspired their designs.

Through captivating lectures, stunning visual aids, and engaging discussions with an intimate community of fellow art & garden enthusiasts, you'll gain a deep understanding of the features that define French and Italian gardens, such as their use of symmetry, water features, naturalistic planting, and picturesque views. You'll delve into the lives of the key figures who shaped these gardens, from the legendary landscape architect André Le Nôtre to the women who played an influential role in garden history, from Marie de Medici to Marie Antoinette.

Throughout the course, you'll explore iconic gardens such as the Palace of Versailles, the Boboli Gardens in Florence, and the Villa d'Este in Tivoli. You'll also engage with drawings, and paintings to gain a deeper understanding of the cultural, social, and political contexts that shaped these gardens.

This course includes a guest lecture by an 18th century garden and Marie Antoinette specialist!

Whether you're passionate about art, gardens, history, or simply someone who appreciates beauty and elegance, this course will take you on a captivating journey through the history of French and Italian gardens, leaving you with a newfound appreciation for these timeless outdoor spaces. Come and join us on this enchanting journey, and let the history of these beautiful gardens inspire you!

Voyage virtually through Italy & France and discover the history and splendor of European gardens!



Mondays @ 1:00-2:30 pm ET 

April 24 - May 22 

Wednesdays @ 9:00-10:30 am

April 26 - May 24*


*Both classes will meet on Wednesday, May 3rd @ 9 am for a conversation with Dr. Susan Taylor-Leduc, art historian and author of Marie Antoinette's Legacy: The Politics of French Garden Patronage and Picturesque Design, 1775-1867.


All sessions are recorded and can be streamed at your convenience.


On Zoom from your home or office. Sessions are led by Lauren Jimerson, PhD.

  • Webinars are sold in packs of 5

  • Each webinar is limited in size to enable lively and engaging discussions.

  • Held on the same day and time each week, each session is 90 minutes. ​

  • All that's required is a curious mind.

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