This is a great event for small garden owners, or those of you who want to add a burst of summer colour to your window-boxes, patios and balconies. The team will be demonstrating how to plant a seasonally inspired container of summer flowering bulbs. Plenty of expert tips and advice will be available throughout, including secrets to bulb layering, and how to prolong the life of your displays. (NB. Tickets non-refundable).
Back by popular demand, join us as we share our knowledge on how to create a garden that is both beautiful and highly fragrant all year round. An often neglected element when planning a garden, choosing plants with their scent in mind can have a huge impact on the character of your garden and your enjoyment of it. During the morning our horticultural experts will discuss: how to plan your planting to give a succession of seasonal fragrance; the placing of plants for the most evocative scent; as well as the plant selection from herbs, to lavender, sweet peas, highly scented roses and scented climbers (to name but a few!). Tips and advice will be given throughout, as well as inspirational ideas for your own garden. Questions will also be welcome. (NB. Tickets non-refundable).
“Bocciofila” is the name given to an Italian community venue where traditionally, locals meet to drink wine and play bocce, the Italian version of Boules. They also eat honest, homemade small dishes which are typical of the area.
Claudio Bincoletto, our expert forager, together with Chantal Prosse, our Teahouse manager join forces to discuss this old custom and demonstrate regional home style cooking at its best.
During this workshop the focus will be on one particular region, with an emphasis on its seasonal ingredients and how they are used in the kitchen.(NB. Tickets non-refundable).
‘The Chelsea Chop’ (so called because it is usually carried out at the end of May, coinciding with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show), is a pruning method by which you limit the size and control the flowering season of many herbaceous plants. Join Martin Ogden for an informative workshop, where you will be given instruction on ‘how to’; when, and which plants will benefit from ‘The Chelsea Chop’. (NB. Tickets non-refundable).
One of the biggest challenges for a gardener is how to deal with shade, and most of us have at least one difficult area in the garden. Throughout this morning workshop our horticultural experts hope to inspire you with knowledge and confidence to tackle the shady areas of the garden. From plant selection to understanding the varying degrees of shade for the season, you can be rewarded with a beautiful garden that can provide you with colour and interest throughout the summer. (NB. Tickets non-refundable).
Following the success of our White Garden workshop in 2015, we have decided to devote a whole day to the subject. This year we have planted our very own white border within the nursery. During the morning session, Thomas Broom-Hughes and Amanda Brame from our horticultural team will guide you through their favourite plants for the White Garden, including: where to plant them, and how to create ravishing displays in both the garden and containers. After a 2 course lunch including a glass of Petersham prosecco in our Cafe catered by our Head Chef Damian Clisby and his team, Thomas will demonstrate the art of using white flowers within the home, in both planted form and floral designs. You will then have the opportunity to create your own arrangement (to take home with you) using carefully chosen British grown blooms. The day will conclude with afternoon tea and a Q & A session. Price includes all flowers, materials, coffee & freshly baked biscuits on arrival, 2 course lunch in our main restaurant followed by tea & cake from our teahouse . (NB. Tickets non-refundable).
We love using edible flowers at Petersham Nurseries, you will often spot them sprinkled over summer salads, or used throughout the dishes on our menus. Therefore we look forward to welcoming you to join us as our horticultural experts provide an introduction to edible flowers using an array of beautiful blooms picked from our own Kitchen Garden including scented geraniums, violas, thyme flowers and nasturtiums. The morning will cover how to grow edible flowers from seed, tips on incorporating them into borders and boxes, as well as how to harvest them. We will then demonstrate how to use these delicious, pretty and delicate ingredients within your cooking, sharing some of our favourite recipes and offering small tastings to all. (NB. Tickets non-refundable).
A first at Petersham Nurseries, but one that has been inspired by the trend to grow your own wedding flowers. This workshop is sure to attract the attention of brides planning a wedding for next year.
Flower farmer and artisan florist Georgie Newbery of Common Farm Flowers in Somerset brings all her country garden expertise to Petersham Nurseries to share her knowledge and experience when it comes to growing and arranging wedding flowers.
Her new book, Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers, is entirely informed by her working with and growing for more than fifty brides a year. This includes; brides who want to grow some or all of their flowers and to arrange some or all of them, brides who don’t want their weddings to cost the earth, and those who long for flowers which really have been freshly cut from the garden for them to carry down the aisle still dew-drenched and full of scent.
Georgie will bring buckets of gorgeousness from Common Farm Flowers for everybody to play with, whilst sharing top tips and clever planning ideas for growing, cutting, conditioning and arranging your own wedding or event flowers. Whether you’re just growing a stand of sweet peas for the special day, or plan to supply and create a wildly luxurious wedding flower scheme, Georgie will help you curate your flower-growing choices. In addition she will help you to forward plan in order to optimise the time available to you without leaving you needing to lie down in a darkened room with your feet up when the big day arrives. You will also be shown how to create the most beautiful bouquets and posies yourself, an achievement you can be proud of for the rest of your life, and which might give you a serious cut flower growing addiction. During the day you will make your own posy to take home.
The day starts at 10am and finishes at 3pm. Tickets £100 and includes refreshments and lunch (with a seasonal bellini and glass of house wine) in the Petersham Nurseries Cafe.
Head Chef Damian Clisby entices us to direct our senses out of our kitchen garden, and towards flavours of street food in Thailand. Jane Alty from the Begging bowl in Peckham joins us for a special cookery workshop where you will learn how create deliciously fragrant bowls of food that authentically reflect how Thai people eat.
The Begging Bowl (which seats 50 customers inside and 20 on the terrace), opened in August 2012 bringing the spirit of Thai street food to South East London. This jewel of a restaurant, close to Peckham Rye rail station, has steadily grown in popularity.
Jane has been cooking since she was 16 and specialised in Thai food when she went to work at David Thompson’s Michelin-starred restaurant in Belgravia Nahm in 2003. She later assisted him in Thailand with the development of his cookbook 'Thai Street Food'.
Following a period at Galvin at Windows, she started her own catering company 'Tastebud', where she delved deeper into Thai cooking and the concept of The Begging Bowl was born.
Unlike the menu at Nahm, which focuses on formal, royal Thai cuisine, The Begging Bowl’s food reflects the way most Thai people eat today – seasonal small sharing plates which are served as they are cooked. Receiving fresh seasonal local produce, as well as exotic ingredients direct from Thailand, the begging bowl chefs make fresh coconut cream daily and everything is made from scratch.
This will be a very hands on workshop with lots of audience participation. During the workshop Jane will be demonstrating the following menu:
Crispy pork skin with grilled banana chilli relish
Charcoal grilled coquelet Jaune with a black long pepper, tamarind dipping sauce
Green Papaya salad
Relish of Tiger prawn, minced pork and salted duck eggs, coconut cream with seasonal raw vegetables
Clear soup of shiitake mushroom, young coconut and Thai basil soup
Price includes refreshments on arrival, workshop and lunch with a Petersham Prosecco & a glass of House wine. (NB. Tickets non-refundable).
Discover the joys of foraging with the charismatic and knowledgeable chef and horticulturalist, Claudio Bincoletto. Claudio explains: “Changes in landscape management and cutting regimes during the past decade, along with increased shade created by invasive tall trees (Sycomores) are reducing the habitats for sun loving plants. Whilst the meadows are beautiful and the grazing cattle recreate that “pastoral feeling” (magnificently reproduced in Turner’s art), but where are the different flowers? A plant that is becoming rare to see locally around Petersham is Hypericum perforatum, known as Saint John's wort. The other I have noticed is missing, is Marsh Marigold (Calta Palustris). In this period, the flowering tops of Saint John's wort are harvested, infused in fat or oil and used as ointment for skin problems, whilst leaves are dried for herbal tea – considered to soothe the mind”. Our local walk will last an hour after with we return to the Nurseries for a late lunch (NB. Tickets non-refundable).
Petersham Nurseries has from its outset been quietly dedicated to supporting a number of community projects. Our chosen charity of 2015 was The Holly Lodge Centre in Richmond Park. This year, we have decided to dedicate our entire annual charitable budget to one event with all funds raised being donated to The Resurgence Trust.
On the evening of Friday 17th of June we will be hosting a magical dinner set within the enchanting Petersham Nurseries Café glasshouse.
Guests will dine in candlelight surrounded by verdant flora and foliage. A special menu will be prepared by Head Chef Damian Clisby and the team, including canapes and a Petersham Bellini on arrival, a seasonal, produce-led three course meal inspired by the garden and wines paired wines from the Petersham Cellar collection.
During the evening the inspirational Satish Kumar, editor-in-chief of Resurgence & Ecologist will speak on "A story of a pilgrimage for peace - walking 8,000 miles for peace from India to America".
Tickets are limited for this special event. All money raised will go towards the charitable and educational work of The Resurgence Trust as well as The Ecologist website. (NB. Tickets non-refundable)
You do not necessarily need to own a cottage to think about creating your own Cottage Garden. This traditional, informal style of planting is great for small plots and can be recreated in all kinds of garden spaces. A Cottage Garden was historically a garden which provided fruits, herbs and vegetables to its owners - however there are a number of flowers which compliment this style of garden, both to aid pest prevention but to add beauty and interest also. We adore Cottage Gardens at Petersham Nurseries as they are generally full and abundant of growth, therefore this summer we look forward to sharing this interest with you. During the course of the morning, our horticultural experts will introduce the topic, starting with the history then leading a conversation on the plants to use and how to create your own. Questions welcome throughout. (NB. Tickets non-refundable).
Discover the joys of foraging with the charismatic and knowledgeable chef and horticulturalist, Claudio Bincoletto. Claudio explains: “Along the Thames, just up-river from Petersham Meadows, an edible mushroom commonly known as ‘chicken of the woods’ has been fruiting in the summer for the past few years. 2015 was not a good year for them, however maybe 2016 will bring this magnificent mushroom to our table. Wild cherry plums are also one of the highlights of the urban forest. In the countryside they have hybridized and the variety of colours and flavours is incredible. It is a great time for making wild fruit juices and preserving summer berries. Fresh walnuts are equally ready for pickling. They should be firm and without visible holes (maggot inside). You should also be able to pass a needle across, however if this is not possible, it means it means the woody shell is already formed and you will have to wait until next year!” Our walk will last an hour after with we return to the Nurseries for a late lunch. (NB. Tickets non-refundable).
Celebrate late summer colour as our horticultural experts demonstrate how to create beautifully planted containers. This is a great event for small garden owners, or those of you who want to add vibrancy to your window-boxes, patios and balconies. Covering many aspects from bulb layering to how to prolong the life of your displays, there will be a practical demonstration followed by tips and advice. Questions will be very welcome throughout. (NB. Tickets non-refundable).
Join Amanda Brame from our horticultural team for our second seasonal all day workshop devoted to the Kitchen Garden. At Petersham Nurseries we are spoilt as we are able to venture into the kitchen garden and harvest our own vegetables throughout the seasons. During this workshop we look at how to keep your kitchen garden active through the last of the summer weeks, and leading into autumn and winter. We begin discussing late sowing options for early September, whilst the ground is still warm, as well as sharing our expert knowledge on hardy crops for winter and protecting your plot against frost. Autumn is also a key time to prepare your plot for the next growing season, from replenishing nutrients in the soil – to planning your planting for a spring harvest. This event includes a tour of the Petersham House kitchen garden, where you will be introduced to soil preparation and maintenance. After lunch, the afternoon session will introduce you to the art of sowing successional salad and vegetable crops, drawing on Amanda’s years of experience as a kitchen gardener and allotmenter. The day will close with afternoon tea and a Q&A session. (NB. Tickets non-refundable).
Immerse yourself into the colourful world of the Dahlia, in our first all day masterclass devoted to these delicious blooms. The morning will commence with a step by step guide to growing the perfect Dahlias, with our horticultural experts Amanda Brame and Rosie Bines. This will be followed by a tour of our Dahlia patches, where you will be introduced to all of our favourite varieties and advice will be given on how to mix colours and use them within your garden. After lunch you will join Thomas Broom-Hughes one of our resident florists for a Dahlia filled masterclass. Thomas will demonstrate the many ways in which you can use Dahlias as a cut flower around the home, useful tips on conditioning and how to extend the vase life of your flowers. Thomas will then demonstrate how to create a garden gathered style vase arrangement, after which you will be able to create your own arrangement to take home with you. The afternoon will close with a Q & A session and afternoon tea. (NB. Tickets non-refundable).
The second installment in our seasonal series of wreath making workshops, this time we invite you to join us and create a beautiful autumnal wreath. Inspired by the season, under the guidance of Thomas Broom-Hughes and Amanda Brame you will learn the heritage of wreath making, after which you will create your own garden inspired autumn wreath, using woodland materials. Ticket price includes all materials.(NB. Tickets non-refundable).
With such a variety of roses and varying instructions, pruning can sometimes be daunting. However it is a key element in maintaining healthy plants, as well as encouraging new growth and a succession of beautiful blooms the following season. During this morning workshop our expert horticulturalists will discuss the types and different varieties of roses, and appropriate seasons to prune. They will share their knowledge on how pruning can assist with pest prevention as well as stimulate new growth, equipping you with technical know-how, including techniques and tools required. (NB. Tickets non-refundable).
Petersham House Garden (adjacent to Petersham Nurseries) is the private garden of the nurseries' owners Francesco & Gael Boglione. These magical gardens will open to the public to raise funds for the National Gardening Scheme - a registered charity*. This is a chance to see the 150ft long double borders in all its splendour. The nursery will be stocking many of the plants you see which have been sourced from specialist suppliers, so that you can create your own Petersham border. Entrance to Petersham House Garden is via Petersham Nurseries. Note: Tickets will be available on the door only.
Why not make a day of it and enjoy a slower means of travel to Petersham Nurseries, enjoying Richmond and the river Thames along the way. We can be reached by Hammerton’s Ferry from Marble Hill Park; or by ferry or train to Richmond from central London – followed by a leisurely stroll along the Thames Embankment and Petersham Meadows. For further details please refer to the travel pages of our website.
*The NGS currently give away more than £2.5 million each year to nursing, caring and gardening charities. For further information please visit www.ngs.org.uk.
Spend the morning with our horticultural experts and share their knowledge of bulb planting this autumn. Prepare for a colourful and fragrant spring and early summer by learning how and where to plant bulbs, the key to maintaining healthy bulbs, how to anticipate and counter pests and blight, as well as finding inspiration for colour schemes and design. Questions will be very welcome throughout. (NB. Tickets non-refundable).
Indoor bulbs are the key to having beautiful scent, flowers and growth in the depths of winter. They anticipate spring outside which can sometimes seem like a phantom at this time of year. Hyacinths, Amaryllis, and the various Narcissi, from “Paperwhites” to “Bridal Crown”, can all be planted now so that you have blooms for the festive period. Spend the morning in our enchanting glasshouse and set to work under the guidance of our horticultural experts to create your own take-home planter of festive bulbs. (NB. Tickets non-refundable).
Having a fruit tree in your garden can be very rewarding. With the correct care they will not only yield a delicious harvest, but can also be great for introducing structure – even within a smaller garden or courtyard. During this morning event we will be sharing our expert knowledge on autumn pruning: a key element in training your fruit tree and ensuring a good crop of fruit every season. This is the perfect event for beginner gardeners who are keen to learn the basics of autumn pruning, from when to start and the tools you need. There will also be an opportunity to put your questions to our experts and acquire the knowledge to nurture your fruit tree year-round.
(NB. Tickets non-refundable)
Join Thomas Broom-Hughes and Amanda Brame for a morning of festive creativity, as we demonstrate the art of styling your table for advent, using seasonal British grown flowers, foraged garden foliage and forest floor finds.
During the morning we will teach you how to create beautiful floral arrangements and how to integrate them into a seasonal table scape. You will then make your own festive arrangement to take home with you.
(NB. Tickets non-refundable)
We conclude our series of seasonal Wild Food Walks this year with a special event focusing on the bio diversity of ingredients available to us in London. Not only in our shops and restaurants, but also in our gardens and hedgerows, where plants have been introduced from all over the world.
Claudio, our resident foraging expert will introduce you to many native species (30%) and many foreign species (70%) that have found their way into the UK over the past couple of centuries with various positive benefits.
The talk and demonstration will last 90 minutes, followed by an hour long foraging walk. (NB. Tickets non-refundable)