ENGLAND, FRANCE, BELGIUM, AND NETHERLANDS
The European Gardens and Urban Agriculture program is designed to provide the best experience in distinguishing beautiful landscape features and how cities grow food indoors or on rooftops while maintaining a positive, healthy environment. We will study sustainable plant systems through creating environmental beautiful and renewable resources in major cities of Europe.
European Gardens and Urban Agriculture study abroad will examine the differing design and indoor agricultural features of England, France, Belgium, and Netherlands—all of which have unique design characteristics that make them beautiful, yet exclusive. We will link basic design principles and incorporate distinctive features and plants associated with England, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
Plant systems and landscape architecture create food in urban areas and help us make informed decisions when purchasing plants and landscape materials. Students will understand how plants create art in the landscape, understand how plants influence the environment, understand plant biology, identify issues and challenges dealing with landscape planning and maintenance, and enjoy plants more while understanding their role in the built environment.
We will highlight differences and similarities of the plants and growing conditions of different regions but will also identify unique landscape characteristics and what technology allows us to do in indoor food production. We will observe public gardens to learn design styles and plant materials essential for those designs, and gain an appreciation for the central importance of plants in our world and society. This will be an active study abroad as we tour through multiple gardens, greenhouses, roof top gardens, and flower markets. We will visit with professionals, design our own landscapes, and enjoy historical locations.
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