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Ancient Roots: Exploring Roman Gardens, the Seeds of Modern Gardens

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Start date: 12th Jan 2021

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Cost: £48

Day: Tuesday

Duration: 4 weeks

Tutor: Gillian Hovell

Course code: 21SP015

Four 2-hour sessions, discovering how Roman gardens planted the seeds for our modern gardens;


We explore the history of ancient gardens, Roman formal garden design and its place in society (reflecting on our own gardens too!), then Kitchen Gardens and finally the sometimes surprising uses made from the various herbal products in Potions, Poisons & Poultices.  


Join me for a timeless journey into the wonders of the ancient gardening world.


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Hovell, Gillian, Head 3 Muddy Archaeologist (2)

Gillian Hovell

Gillian Hovell BA(Hons), professionally known as ‘The Muddy Archaeologist’, is an ancient historian and archaeologist who lectures for York University and for the British Museum and throughout Britain as well as internationally.
She has spent years lecturing on tours and cruises throughout the Ancient Mediterranean, inspiring guests to really enjoy their explorations into the ancient world, and she has excavated at sites including Roman Pompeian Oplontis.
Gillian shares her expertise and passion for ancient history by engaging with audiences in books, in person, in the field, in the media and on line.
Her speciality is in digging deeper into our ancient past to add depth, colour and meaning to our modern lives today; the ancient cultures have much to tell us about our common humanity, and they influenced our own heritage and still speak to us today.
Prepare to visit the past and to discover about ourselves as well as those who lived, loved and died millennia ago.

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