Beautifully British: An Early Summer Floral Tour with Jonathan Moseley
Come and celebrate a Beautifully British World of Flowers with Jonathan Moseley.
This unique and exclusive tour with Jonathan Moseley takes you to the Herefordshire countryside where you will discover some real British gems and learn about the success behind the boutique British flower industry. (Bring your wellies!)
Day 1: Monday 11th June 2018
Arrive at Brooks Country House Hotel mid-afternoon.
Enjoy a glass of prosecco with Jonathan, your Tour Manager and fellow guests, then take part in a talk and demonstration by Jonathan, then a short workshop making corsages and buttonholes to wear to your dinner.
3 course meal in the hotel.
Day 2: Tuesday 12th June 2018
Visit British flower grower Wild Bunch where you'll enjoy a talk, tour of the farm and demonstrations by owner, Tammy, and Jonathan. Enjoy a light buffet-style lunch here.
Visit the Great British Florist where you'll receive a welcome presentation from one of the directors and a tour of the business and cutting garden. Here you'll also enjoy a workshop lead by Jonathan creating floral crowns and demonstrations from the directors, showing the company's floral style.
Day 3: Wednesday 13th June 2018
Visit Far Hill Flowers for a tour of Justine Scouller's beautiful cutting garden whilst Jonathan cuts stems to create demonstrations for you. Learn how Justine founded Far Hill Flowers and has grown her company into a successful British floral business.
Enjoy lunch at Hampton Court Castle (not Palace!), followed by a guided tour of the spectacular gardens with the Castle's head gardener. Continue to soak up the garden's beauty or venture into the castle for a guided tour.
Return to Brooks Country House Hotel where the tour will end at approximately 17:30 - 18:00.
Far Hill Flowers is run by Justine Scouller; having trained in horticulture at Sparsholt College, Justine worked as a garden designer before settling on Far Hill and establishing her flower farm. Far Hill supplies flowers and foliage to local florists, including Kate Humble's 'Humble By Nature' farm shop and The Great British Florist in Herefordshire, as well as direct to the public.
Justine's flowers are grown on organic principles and the natural floral arrangements, using flowers grown on their farm and foliage foraged from their woods and fields, ensure that no two are the same.
Far Hill Flowers are an eco-friendly business growing a sustainable product in an ethical manner – "helping those who help us" – bees, birds and the vast range of wildlife (and not so wild) they have on Far Hill.
Heather Gorringe is a rural business enthusiast. She lives on a 650 acre Duchy Farm with her husband Phil. She and business partner, San Montague, developed the brand The Great British Florist - an all British Flower online florist shop - after running online gardening company Wiggly Wigglers for many years and needing to diversify in the face of a recession-led decline.
With on-line floristry providing greater resilience to tougher times, the business swiftly developed into one which provided a full service for weddings, funerals and much more, using their own and locally sourced flowers in a major distribution operation via mail order. The philosophy is ‘Grown not Flown’ and Heather deals with eleven British growers, as well as having a walled garden from which they pick and forage.
Heather is a 2007 Nuffield Scholar, having studied The Development of the Web and Social Media and she is also a member of The Institute of Agricultural Management Leadership course and a leader of Duchy Women in Rural Enterprise.
In the three years since The Great British Florist started, the brand has won the national award for Best Funeral Florist and is the current West Midlands Wedding Flower award winner (as voted for by brides). They were finalists last year in the national blog awards and Good Website awards and have had numerous wedding flower designs featured on Rock My Wedding and other prominent blogs.
The Gardens at Hampton Court Herefordshire are one of the most ambitious garden creations of our time.
The Exachorda macrantha ‘The Bride’ has got to be one of the largest shrubs you’ll see of this variety anywhere. With masses of delicate white flowers it lifts the South lawns making us aware when spring arrives and the growing season is really starting to begin.
Original Victorian garden walls enclose stunning flower gardens divided by canals, island pavilions and pleached avenues. The kitchen garden is an ornamental garden of fruit and vegetables. It is managed organically, supplying produce to the Orangery for its seasonal menu. Here, apple and pear espaliers and orchard fruit trees look stunning when in full bloom and smell fantastic attracting many pollinating insects early on in the season.
There is a maze of a thousand yews with a gothic tower at its centre. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of the gardens or descend underground to a tunnel that leads to a waterfall in the sunken garden. Walk behind the waterfall and hop across the cascade stepping stones.
Beautiful herbaceous borders stretch out from a one hundred and fifty year old wisteria tunnel that leads to vast lawns and ancient trees beside the castle. Beyond the lawns are riverside and woodland walks.
Adjoining the castle, in the grand conservatory designed by Joseph Paxton in 1846, is the Orangery Cafe, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch on arrival.
Nestling in the foothills of the Welsh Borders and at the meeting place between the ancient counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Powys, Wild Bunch was born in the rambling garden on Tammy's family farm. Celebrating the revival of home-grown and beautifully scented British blooms and the natural seasonal rhythms on the farm, Tammy and her family began with flowers mixed amongst the veggie garden, apple orchard, children and chickens. To meet increasing demand for the Wild Bunch way of life and philosophy, they now have metre-wide rows of flowers running down a paddock known as the Meadow. Their new Spanish-style poly tunnels and a rose garden bursting with the most wild and graceful varieties allow them to grow a wider range of beautiful and unusual flowers whilst still working with nature and not against it.
Tammy describes Wild Bunch as a state of mind – free, relaxed and in harmony with nature, their floral arrangements are wild and romantic, designed with a focus on colour, texture and movement. Wild Bunch flowers and foliage form part of the life cycle of the farm and nature itself: working seasonally they produce and use what can be ploughed back into the land. Just as each client and event is unique, so is each Wild Bunch arrangement, and Tammy can often be found foraging in fields and hedgerows for the perfect piece of wild foliage! As well as creating bespoke floral arrangements for weddings, gallery openings, lunch parties or evening events, Tammy also loves passing on the knowledge and lore of flowers in her seasonal classes.
Brooks Country House Hotel is a Georgian manor located in the Wye Valley, between Hereford and Ross on Wye offering affordable luxury. The hotel has a restaurant in the former library, as well as a guest lounge, bar, gym and swimming pool available for residents’ exclusive use.
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- Two nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation
- 2 practical workshops lead by Jonathan Moseley
- Welcome glass of prosecco (or alternative soft drink)
- Visit to the Great British Florist farm, with presentation and floral workshop
- Visit to Far Hill Flowers with floral demonstration
- Visit to Hampton Court Castle with garden and house tours
- Visit to British flower grower Wild Bunch with tour and demonstrations