UCT's Summer School

University of Cape Town
Kramer Law Building, Cross Campus Road
Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7700,
South Africa
view phone021 650 2634

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UCT's 68th annual Summer School offers 68 courses, many of them of interest to gardeners and botanists.

In her course, Flowers in the Art of Great Masters (Monday 22-Wednesday 24 January), Hilary Guise covers three topics: the secret garden – from ancient Rome to the Medieval walled garden, the language of flowers – from the seventeenth century Vanitas to the Victorians, and flowers for healing, consolation and cure – from Manet’s courtesans and Monet’s water-lily pond to Irma Stern’s Cape flowersellers.

In her course, Gardens in Literature (22–26 January), Jean Moorcroft Wilson will look at gardens in famous works by Austen, Woolf and Bassani, among others.

Keith Kirsten's lecture, Gardening with Keith Kirsten, takes place on 17 January and presents ideas for sustainable gardening and a new style of gardening in South Africa.

John Rorke gives an overview of the travel journals of Thunberg and Sparrman, two 18th century botanical explorers at the Cape, on 24 January.