• Price: from £465
  • Leaving on: 29/09/2017
  • Arriving back on: 01/10/2017
  • Location: Herefordshire

This unique and exclusive tour with Jonathan Moseley takes you to some real British gems, and offers a delightful Herefordshire countryside experience, as you delve into the success behind the boutique British flower industry - bring your wellies!

Come and celebrate a Beautifully British World of Flowers with Jonathan Moseley.

Arrive on Friday evening at Brooks Country House Hotel, an elegant and welcoming Georgian country house hotel located in the Wye Valley, in time for a pre-dinner drinks reception and welcome before being treated to an expert floral demonstration by Jonathan. Group dinners on both nights take place in the hotel and will be accompanied by Jonathan and light lunches are included on both days out.

As well as visiting two outstanding British flower growers, seeing expert demonstrations, and taking part in floral workshops led by Jonathan, you will also visit the lovely Stockton Bury Gardens where you will meet gardener and garden writer Tamsin Westhorpe.

Accommodation

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.

Itinerary

Friday 29 September 2017

Guests arrive at Brooks Country House Hotel, near Ross on Wye.  Pre-dinner drinks reception with welcome and introduction by Jonathan Moseley, followed by a private group dinner.

Saturday 30 September 2017

A visit to the Great British Florist, including a welcome presentation from Heather Gorringe and a short workshop by Jonathan, using flowers from the farm.  As well as refreshments, a light lunch will be included.

In the afternoon, there will be a visit to Stockton Bury Gardens where there will be a welcome and introduction by gardener and freelance garden writer, Tamsin Westhorpe before you view the gardens.

Sunday 1 October 2017

A morning visit to Far Hill Flowers, where flower farmer and artisan florist, Justine Scouller will welcome you to her rural setting.  Jonathan and Justine will provide floral demonstrations and refreshments and a light lunch are included.

More information about this tour

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. 

Their 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.

We 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) we 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. 

Stockton Bury Gardens are looked after by its creators Raymond Treasure and Gordon Fenn. They are also joined by their niece Tamsin Westhorpe who is a well known garden writer. Before joining the team at Stockton Bury she edited The English Garden magazine and was deputy editor of Amateur Gardening magazine. Tamsin now writes freelance for many nationwide gardening titles.

 


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Tour price per person

£465/£565 pp twin/single
Open to individuals and groups

Tour Includes

  • Two nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Pre-dinner drinks on both evenings
  • Visit to the Great British Florist farm, with presentation and floral workshop
  • Visit to Far Hill Flowers with floral demonstration
  • Visit to Stockton Bury Gardens
  • Transportation to all visits
Optional Extras
  • Travel Insurance