This month has seen the launch of the Raymond Blanc Gardening School at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, which is said to be the first of its kind in the UK.
The school promises to “combine the passion the whole team at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons share for the love of gardening, with the desire to pass on best kept secrets to guests.”
Chef Raymond Blanc said: “The gardens at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons are as much a part of the excellence as the two Michelin-starred food. The launch of the school is the perfect opportunity to enjoy learning more about the mystery of horticulture within a truly convivial environment.”
What will groups learn?
The gardening school, in Milton, will impart insider tips and expert advice in a ‘relaxed and creative environment’, appealing to those with a keen interest in all things botanical, or seasoned professionals.
Guests will be encouraged to discuss gardening experiences, and take home ideas and inspiration to create their own personal garden scapes.
The courses will be led by head gardener Anne Marie and her team, each of whom have a specialist interest. Courses will include Seasonal Vegetable Growing; Micro Greens; Orchard - Summer Pruning; Mushroom Growing; Understanding Your Soil; and Growing Organic.
Other courses aim to cover subjects such as herbs for their medicinal properties, fruit tree pruning and gardening for children, to prepare for the next generation of gardeners.
Guests joining the courses will be based in the Hartley Botanic Glasshouse in the Heritage Garden.
One day courses will run from 9am until 3.30pm with refreshments throughout and a working lunch. There will also be half day courses available.
There will be up to three day courses each week throughout the rest of July until October, with additional courses built into the winter calendar. A one day course includes tuition, morning tea on arrival and a working lunch.
For further information visit www.belmond.com or call 01844-278881.