Gardens and Villas of Italy: Private Spaces and Public Places

From the horticultural tradition that Lucullus brought to Rome with projects on the Pincian Hill, shocking and amazing his contemporaries in their magnitude, to the elaborate development of gardens in Pompeii and Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli, the wealthiest Romans built extensive villa gardens with water features, including fountains and shaded arcades. Vitruvius wrote the oldest manual of design, which some still consider essential to landscape construction and composition. In the Middle Ages, monasteries across Italy created horti conclusi or secluded gardens. The Italian Renaissance inspired a revolution in private gardening full of scenes of allegory and mythology. In the 16th century, Italian universities created the first botanical gardens in Europe. The tradition of gardening continues today at Ninfa and Landriana. Let’s explore these gardens together on a virtual tour of Italy.

  • Group Leader(s): BETH SANDERS
  • Days: Wednesdays
  • Times: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Start Date: 10/2/2019
  • End Date: 11/20/2019
  • Sessions: 6
  • Exceptions: 10/9/2019, 10/23/2019
  • Venue: The Engineering Center
  • Teaching Style: Lecture and discussion
  • Weekly Preparation: Optional
  • Biography:

    Beth Sanders has pursued an artistic, culinary and botanical path in Boston, Switzerland, North Carolina, Padua and Rome in Italy, and Portland, Maine at museums, universities and botanical gardens. She worked as a docent and artist-in-residence at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University, where she also served on the advisory board, and as a master gardener for the Durham County Extension service. Currently, she is a docent at the Portland Museum of Art and its Winslow Homer Studio. At the MFA Boston, she is a gallery instructor, a liaison to the Boston Public Schools, and vice-chair of the gallery instructor advisory board. She serves as chair of the membership and marketing committee for Beacon Hill Seminars. Her botanical illustrations and calligraphy are found in international collections.

  • Address: 1 Walnut Street, Boston, MA 02108