Join us for a celebration of Humphry Repton during British Flowers Week, with a guided walk by Pentillie Castle’s Ted Coryton through the Repton designed Pentillie gardens, followed by a two hour floral workshop with artisan florist Miranda Hackett and finishing with a delicious 2 course lunch in the Castle dining room. There will also be an opportunity to view Pentillie’s Repton Red Book during the day.
09:30am – Arrival and welcome with tea/coffee
09:45am – Tour of the gardens with commentary on Humphry Repton garden designs at Pentillie with Ted Coryton. A chance to pick picking foliage and branches to assist in the workshop.
10.45am – Refreshments in the Bathing Hut
11:15am – Floral Workshop with Miranda Hackett
1:30pm – 2 course lunch and glass of wine in the Castle dinning room (Menu TBC)
3.30pm – Depart with your beautiful creation!
– to start ~
Catch of the Day
orzotto, fennel & bouillabaisse sauce
wild garlic & summer vegetables
– to finish –
served with clotted cream
Pentillie Chocolate Mess
vanilla ice cream
Miranda will introduce the workshop with commentary on British Flowers Week and the British cut flower industry and details of the flowers and foliage to be used at the workshop.
Then Miranda will demonstrate how to create a beautiful, softly designed hand-tied bouquet, in the very fashionable loose and eccentric style inspired by Constance Spry. We will use seasonal garden flowers from local growers and foliage pickings from our morning in the gardens at Pentillie. With Miranda’s guidance it will then be the guests’ turn to create their own bouquets to take home.
All materials, tools and equipment will be provided and no prior floral experience is necessary.
We are delighted to be hosting an event in celebration of the work of Humphry Repton, who was one of the great British landscape gardeners of the 18th Century. Humphry Repton was commissioned by John Coryton in 1809 to ‘work his magic’ on the Pentillie Gardens, and much of Repton’s recommendations were based on changing the landscape as a whole (including the Castle), rather than re-designing flower beds. Unusually many of Repton’s ideas were implemented at Pentillie, and the changes his designs were to make on the landscape can still be seen today. Repton’s designs were often captured in a ‘red book’ and Pentillie’s copy (dated 1810) has been reproduced in order that all visitors to the gardens are able to cast an eye over this magnificent and rare work.
Antiques Roadshow October 2015 – Pentillie’s Red Book was reviewed by expert Rupert Powell on the Antiques Roadshow in October 2015! Click here to see the book for yourself.
Please call us on 01579 350044 to book your space – places are extremely limited.