Join us for this exclusive evening, celebrating the farm to fork philosophy and the relationship between chef and farmer. Launching the Farms Not Factories series of two minute video clips for social media with a number of renowned chefs and pig farmers, our Executive Chef, Damian Clisby will be joined in the kitchen by James Golding from The Pig Hotels and Gelf Anderson from the River Cottage HQ. All who are behind this campaign are passionate about raising pigs to high welfare standards as well as the production of the best quality of meat in terms of flavour and texture. By exposing the true costs of cheap meat from animal factories, their aim is to inspire consumers to make more considered decisions in their meat consumption.
Tickets will include a seasonal Bellini on arrival, a three-course feast style sharing menu* with James Golding and Damian Clisby both cooking a course. Wine will be donated by Petersham Nurseries. All proceeds from the evening will go to Farms Not Factories.
Damian Clisby and Harry Boglione, owner of Haye Farm and supplier of pork to Petersham Nurseries are both involved in the #TurnYourNoseUp campaign. Previous supporters include Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Irons, Jon Snow, Dominic West & Helen McCrory who have all posted humorous selfies or videos turning their nose up. The full video will be launched on the evening.
Power lies in the hands of the consumer, each and every one of us can help change the system if we choose to. Help us to support this worthy cause by joining us for this inspiring evening.
*Guests will dine at communal tables.
Edible flowers have been rapidly gaining popularity in the creative and culinary worlds, massively influencing our menu and style here at Petersham Nurseries. The scope of use for edible flowers extends far beyond just the decorative. They can be used to infuse, flavour, and preserve to name just a few of their many uses. Our Head Chef and horticultural experts will guide you through how to grow, select and cook with edible flowers. The lunch, in our restaurant will be interactive. The table will be beautifully decorated with edible flowers for you to use throughout the three-course meal. (NB Tickets non-refundable)
Celebrating our heritage and traditions, this workshop focuses on the informal yet distinctive style of garden that has become known as the ‘cottage garden’. While the earliest cottage gardens were more practical than they have become today. Amanda Brame, our horticultural expert will discuss and demonstrate how to create your very own cottage garden, concentrating how to skilfully design the irregularity that is so prominent in the cottage garden style.
You will learn how to combine fruits, vegetables and herbs with flowers to add beauty, as well as acting as a method of natural pest prevention. (NB Tickets non-refundable)
Eating is something we all do several times a day and most of us take it for granted. Being more mindful and bringing our full attention to the quality of how we eat can radically change our experience. By focusing our awareness on the diversity of ingredients, where they come from and their texture and taste, we start to connect to food differently, nourishing our body, mind and heart.
Palma Michel is a sought-after public speaker, mindfulness teacher, coach and author (The Authority Guide To Mindful Leadership). She offers mindfulness as a way to exercise your brain and increase self-awareness, which is the first step to self-mastery. Her aim is to empower her clients to live with more presence, inner peace, gratitude and love for life. Palma holds monthly sessions at the Soho House Group and has been hosted by Jamie Oliver's Big Festival, Google Campus, Second Home and The London School of Economics. To find out more, visit Palma’s website www.palmamichel.com
This workshop will consist of an hour long talk in our private glasshouse, followed by a seasonal, mindfully chosen brunch curated by our Executive Chef Damian Clisby.
Mindful Eating forms part of Petersham Platform which is used to promote philosophies, likeminded people and organisations or charities that complement our ethos and encourage positive living.(NB Tickets non-refundable)
This event is designed to open your eyes to alternative wines from the Tuscan region - it's not all about those big reds we know and love, there are so many other 'under-the-radar' wines that deserve to be put on a pedestal as well. This is a wonderful opportunity to try a few of the stunning whites, rosés and pudding wines the region has to offer. Petersham Cellar will be presenting five different wines and offering a 10% discount on purchases made on the day. NB Tickets non-refundable.
Petersham House Garden, (adjacent to Petersham Nurseries) the private garden of the nurseries' owners, Francesco and Gael Boglione opens to the public to raise funds for the National Gardening Scheme. Tickets are only available to purchase on the door.
Sardinian wines have gained a reputation like the terrain on which they grow – a little rough. Wine cultivation for personal consumption is embedded in Sardinian culture. Families have been producing their own wine for centuries. Perhaps most renowned for its Vermentino and Cannonau, the second largest island in the Mediterranean boasts a number of indigenous varieties. There are many differences between Sardinian wines and those from mainland Italy due to factors such as the climate, the salty air and the strong winds. This wine lunch will introduce you to some of the most interesting wineries on the island, the wines will be carefully paired with a Sardinian inspired menu created by Petersham Nurseries Head Chef, Damian Clisby.
Join Amanda Brame for our second seasonal all day workshop devoted to the Kitchen Garden. 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. (NB Tickets non-refundable)
In the third of our seasonal container masterclasses, Thomas Broom - Hughes and Amanda Brame will guide you through how to create beautiful late summer flowering containers to continue to add colour and life to your garden. The demonstration will cover many important aspects of container planting, from bulb layering, to prolonging the life of your displays. (NB Tickets non-refundable)
Learn how and where to plant a variety of bulbs in preparation for a beautiful bloom in the season ahead. Amanda Brame will provide tips and advice on the key to planting and maintaining healthy bulbs, how to anticipate and counter pests and blight, as well as finding inspiration for colour schemes and design. (NB Tickets non-refundable)
Pruning is essential in maintaining healthy plants, as well as encouraging new growth and sucession of beautiful blooms the following season. Our in-house expert, Martin Ogden will share his knowledge, giving you confidence in your own garden. 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. (NB Tickets non-refundable)
We continue our series of seasonal Wild Food Walks this year 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. Focusing late summer fruits and berries, to be paired with cheese in his demonstration, this event will include talk and demonstration will last 90 minutes and an hour long foraging walk. (NB. Tickets non-refundable)
We conclude our series of seasonal Wild Food Walks this year 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 and many foreign species that have found their way into the UK over the past couple of centuries with various positive benefits. Focusing on the large variety of mushrooms available to us even so close to the city. The walk will also be an introduction to truffles and where they can be foraged in the UK and how to cook with them. This event will include talk and demonstration will last 90 minutes and an hour long foraging walk. (NB. Tickets non-refundable)