Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the glorious gardens of England and Scotland!
Join us as we travel to beautiful England and Scotland and explore the wondrous gardens and scenery of the region. Some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet will be at your fingertips as we experience over 20 key gardens and cultural sites. You will be given the opportunity to compare historic and contemporary gardens and architecture and meet some fabulous people along the way!You will learn how historic European estates, gardens and arboretas reflect the cliamte, topography, history, philosphical social structure, art and politics at the time of their creation. The program will focus on the observation of local plant materials, study of different garden and landcsaping design styles, and will foster an appreciation of international cultures. The gardens themselves will serve as our classroom as we photograph, sketch and use all of the senses in documenting each different landscape.
The program is open to students from all majors.Upon successful completion of the course students will receive 3 credit hours in Plant Sciences 491. The text for the course will be Paradise on Earth: The Gardens of Western Europe by Gabrielle van Zuylen. A series of orientations will be held on UTK campus in the spring semester prior to departure where participants and the program leader will discuss expectations for the course and prepare for departure. The coursework will consist of a brief essay on an assigned garden, topic, or individual. Also, students will be assigned study and reading from a selected text one month prior to departure. While in country students will be expected to keep a journal documenting their observations and experiences. A CD containing 10 of the participant's best photos will be required. Each of these components will be factored into the overall course grade.
Participants will be housed in quaint local hotels and bed and breakfasts in double and triple rooms and enjoy traditional English breakfasts.
Please see Budget Sheet at the top of the page.
The Department of Plant Sciences
Ellington Plant Sciences Building
2431 Joe Johnson Drive
Office Phone: (865) 974-0216