The garden, since time immemorial, has been the touchstone for humans’ interactions with the environment. The relationships between humans and their environments have been so intimate that the creation and origins mythologies of many cultures are set in the context of a garden or paradise. The garden is the environment in which humans have been created, and reciprocally gardens, by definition are the product of human design and environmental manipulation. This seminar examines the interactions between humans and gardens from the perspectives of creation mythologies, the origins of domestication of plants, the cultural expression and design of gardens, the historical exchange of cultivated plants, and evolution of garden design, and the interface of gardens and human biology. Each student will present a seminar based either on their own major interest, an historical, or garden design perspective. One all-day field trip will be scheduled for sometime during the semester.
Format: seminar; discussion classes, student-led seminars, and one all-day field trip
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
weekly reaction papers (500 words) to reading assignments, seminar presentation, final paper in lieu of final exam
an application (e.g., online form, statement of interest)
senior and junior ENVI majors and concentrators
No divisional credit