USING ELEMENTS OF HISTORIC DESIGN IN THE LANDSCAPE: ISLAMIC, CHINESE AND JAPANESE GARDENS                                                                                    CREDIT: 1.5                                                                                                                                             INSTRUCTOR: MARIE STELLA, MA, MS
COURSE DESCRIPTION: ONLINE, 8 WEEKS This module will explore historical elements in the design of Islamic, Chinese and Japanese gardens. Ingenious applications of water, symbolic use of plant material and a plethora of ornamentation engage our attention and invite a closer look. Illustrated lectures will highlight concepts, materials, and functions to be further developed by weekly reading and design exercises. A thorough knowledge of the design vocabulary of Oriental landscapes is an invaluable tool for the well-educated designer. A two day Field Trip to New York City (one overnight) will feature tours of the Japanese Stroll Garden in Mill Neck, Long Island (26 miles from Manhattan) and the Chinese Scholar’s Garden in Staten Island.


ITALIAN GARDENS: CONCEPTS, ELEMENTS AND DESIGN IMPLICATIONS: AN UNPARALLED SELECTION OF EXAMPLES FROM POMPEII TO THE 21ST CENTURY                                                                                                              CREDIT: 1.5                                                                                                                                                        INSTRUCTOR: Marie Stella, MA, MS
COURSE DESCRIPTION: 8 WEEKS The study of Italian gardens, from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance, provides a fundamental appreciation and understanding of the classical approach to function and aesthetics, essential components of a landscape designer’s vocabulary. The interrelationship of natural, agricultural and ornamental elements of gardens will be studied, as well as the display of water, green architecture, symbolism and narrative storytelling, technological applications, organization of plant material and the use of sculpture. Early twentieth century adoption of the Italianate style in America through the influence of Charles Platt and Edith Wharton will be studied, as well as Cecil Pinsent's (1884-1963) anglicized Italian gardens for the English colony in Florence. Discussion will focus on restoration and preservation strategies for gardens, their uses and function over time, and the protection of “green” architecture through assiduous maintenance, Several local field trips to gardens of Italian inspiration will provide further insights