Petersham Nurseries will be transformed into a garden of inspiration and a platform for storytelling, sharing our ideas and projects that are making the world a better place. Join us on a spring evening to celebrate businesses and initiatives that are making our planet, our lives, one step healthier and happier. From slow food to sustainable gardening, from celebrating communities to tales about bees. The evening is for everyone, creating Alchemy across all generations. So bring your children, nephews, nieces and friends of all ages.
Everyone is welcome to join us as we connect around living consciously, respecting the wonderful world we live in.
Thomas Broom-Hughes and Amanda Brame will guide you through how to create your own long lasting containers for spectacular summer displays. The team will demonstrate how to plant seasonally inspired containers and provide expert tips and advice. (NB Tickets non-refundable)
Our horticultural team will guide you through their favourite plants for the white garden. We will discuss and learn how to create ravishing and sophisticated displays in both the garden and for containers. A white garden need not be worn and pale. In selecting white as your choice colour, your garden will have a stronger sense of shape and texture. It can also enhance the fragrance in the garden as well as yield beautiful flowers for cutting to neutrally decorate your home. (NB Tickets non-refundable)
The Petersham Cellar sommeliers have created a handpicked selection from one of their favourite regions in Italy for white wines – Fruili Venezia Giulia. Adored by Italian wine lovers, the light aromatic whites have gathered a reputation globally as being Italy’s best white wine producing region. Located in the top-right corner of Italy, between Austria, Slovenia, the Adriatic Sea, and Veneto. As the weather gets warmer, this is an excellent introduction to the region and its many wines that can be enjoyed throughout the summer months.
Join our horticultural experts as they demonstrate how to create a garden that is both beautiful and fragrant all year round. Tips and advice will be given throughout as well as inspirational ideas for your garden. An often neglected element when planning a garden, choosing plants for their scent can have a huge impact on the character and fruition of your garden. 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 fragrance; as well as plants you could use. There will be a practical demonstration followed by tips and advice - from bulb layering, to how to prolong the life of your displays. (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 on the fragrance and beauty of spring wild flowers and Fairy Ring Mushrooms, this event will include talk and demonstration will last 90 minutes and an hour long foraging walk. (NB. Tickets non-refundable)
Whilst any wine drinker is familiar with wines from Tuscany, the other smaller wine producing regions of central Italy are often discarded and unknown beyond their borders. Five handpicked wines will be tasted throughout the lunch from various regions across central Italy, including: Le Marche, Lazio, Abruzzo and Umbria. The selection of wine will be carefully paired with a menu created by Petersham Nurseries Head Chef, Damian Clisby.
Although many perceive shady areas of the garden to be a challenge, the dark corners of your garden can be filled with vibrancy. Our horticultural expert, Martin Ogden will discuss how to tackle the shady areas of your garden. Covering plant selection and understanding the varying degrees of shade, to ensure your garden has year-round colour and interest. This is an excellent workshop for beginner gardeners. (NB Tickets non-refundable)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)