Join this journey and explore the wondrous gardens, scenery and cultures of England and Ireland. Some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe will be at your fingertips during this program as you have the opportunity to experience many gardens, cultural sites and architectural landmarks. Taste the food, meet the people, and fill your camera memory cards with sights that will last a lifetime! You will gain an appreciation for history and the evolution of gardens. The gardens will serve as your classroom as you photograph, sketch, and use your senses to experience each setting. You will learn how historic European estates, gardens and arboreta reflect the climate, topography, history, philosophical social structure, art and politics at the time of their creation.
Natural and architectural wonders exist in unison, creating a dreamy experience for visitors of the British Isles. England and Ireland have long fostered a tradition of fine gardening, from quaint vegetable patches to sprawling aristocratic estates. Their cities, such as London and Dublin, have been experiments in urban living for centuries and are still leading with unprecedented advancements. Stewarding a glorious past while thinking forwardly about a sustainable future will be highlighted in contemporary landscape architecture projects and historic sites being redesigned for modern day use. Juxtaposed to the traditions of a dateless civilization, this cultural immersion will forever yield memories and inspiration. The goal of the program is to explore how students connect with the environment, their fellow-travelers, and themselves.
Tour London’s Kew Royal Botanic Gardens - London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, full of 50,000 species of native and exotic plants, trees and flowers
Explore Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - the 247-acre park at the center of the “Greenest Games”, the London 2012 Olympics
Witness the Ring of Kerry - rugged cliffs to golden beaches, small villages and pastures green to peat bogs, picturesque mountain ranges and magnificent views of Dingle Bay, the village Sneem, Killarney National Park, Lakes of Killarney and Black Valley
See Blenheim Palace - UNESCO World Heritage Site and masterpiece of 18th century baroque architecture boasting over 300 years of history, the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, surrounded by more than 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens
Visit Northala Fields - a country park of circular artificial hills built with 65,000 truck loads of waste material from the demolition of the old Wembley Stadium
Ride a ferry from Holyhead to Dublin
Walk through Newgrange - a grand passage tomb built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC
Hike on the Kilkee Cliff Walk - a face-to-face experience with nature and grand reveal of the sea architecture that defines an Irish peninsula
This program is open to all majors. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive 3 credits in Plant Sciences 491 or 591. A series of orientations will be held on UTK campus in the spring semester prior to departure where participants and the program leader will discuss expectations for the course and prepare for departure.
Students will be housed in hotels within walking distance or near public transportation routes to key city tourist sites. Breakfast is provided at the hotels each morning.
Housing is included in the program fee.
Your program costs include: tuition, a program fee, a study abroad administrative fee and additional program-related expenses. The program's detailed costs sheet outlines the fees that are billed to your myUTK account and the estimated out-of-pocket expenses. You should carefully review costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to the program contacts for guidance.
Program Director and Associate Professor, Department of Plant Sciences
Program Leader and Associate Professor, School of Landscape Architecture
Programs Abroad Office - Melrose Hall
Funding Your Study Abroad Program
You should carefully review costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your Programs Abroad Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program
Review the program's Costs Sheet to understand the breakdown of program expenses.