Bee Mindful Masterclass

21 May 2020, Richmond
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An immersive masterclass centred around the honey bee. The day will encompass Petersham's core philosophies and will be a wholly sensory experience touching on food, horticulture, style and conservation.

This masterclass is centred around the honeybee. The day will encompass Petersham's core philosophies and will be a wholly sensory experience touching on food, horticulture, style and conservation.

We have gathered a group of specialists – all with outstanding knowledge and skills. Spend an immersive day learning about how a healthy bee population is essential to our human survival. Worldwide, research continues into the pressures on bees. Scientists sight complex causes, including disease, climate change and Agri-chemicals as key contributors.

Whilst we totally rely on bees to pollinate our crops and keep the cycle of life going, we will also revere the work of this humble insect and the pleasure and joy they bring to our environment.

During the day we will discuss the importance of bees and honey weaving through several topics.


Sarah Wyndham Lewis - Tutored raw honey tasting session.

Co-founder of the sustainable beekeeping practice 'Bermondsey Street Bees'. Sarah Wyndham Lewis is a writer, speaker and Bologna-trained Honey Sommelier.

Honey straight from a hive is full of unique flavour notes based on its location and season. With a little background information all these delicate variations can be appreciated with the same respect and admiration as the tasting of wine.

This session will be fun, lively and interactive, seriously informative and both thought and palate-provoking. As well as demonstrating professional honey tasting techniques (which turns honey from something sweet into something really mind-blowing), Sarah uses honeys as a route into a wide range of other topics - including the nature of raw honey, how it has been 'commoditised', the cultural role of bees and honey in world civilisations, medicinal honeys and many issues surrounding honeybees' survival in the modern world. Taste some very unusual and rare world honeys, each with a unique story to tell. Some of the honeys are sweet, others are bitter or medicinal tasting or have other fascinating characteristics of their 'terroir'. See, smell and feel honeycomb, wax and propolis adding to the rich sensory experience.


Ronny De Koning - Table styling ‘The Petersham Way’

Learn the art of styling a table using flowers from the garden and potted, bee attracting varieties of plants. A memorable meal is as much about the little details: the linen napkins, lighting and floral decoration, as it is about the food you eat. Ronny will provide tips and suggestions of how to use fruit, vegetables, glasses and crockery to create a table that is elegantly simple and understated, informal and welcoming.


Rachel de Thample – Preserving with honey.

Rachel de Thample has worked in the kitchens of Marco Pierre White, Heston Blumenthal and Peter Gordon. She currently teaches fermentation and preserve courses at River Cottage HQ in Devon and is currently writing the River Cottage Fermentation Handbook and the River Cottage Bees & Honey Handbook. She’s has several other books under her belt, including Tonics & Teas. She also teaches Wild Food Cookery at Made in Hackney. Her passion lies in local, sustainable food. Before working for River Cottage, she was the Head of Food for the pioneering organic box scheme Abel & Cole. She lives in Crystal Palace, London and has helped set up numerous local food initiatives, including the award-winning Crystal Palace Food Market.

In this hour-long hands-on session, Rachel will explain how to use honey instead of sugar to make wonderful preserves. She will offer up a palate of tasters before taking you through the process to make your own jar of honey-fermented rhubarb with rose petals to take home with you. As well as making and tasting, Rachel will talk you through the benefits of using honey in preserves and other cooking.


Linda Howell – Petersham Nurseries Beekeeper, will explain how working alongside the Petersham team, she has established a thriving population of happy bees in Richmond

Participants will enjoy refreshments on arrival and a 2-course honey inspired lunch, created by Head Chef Ambra Papa, which will be served in Petersham Nurseries Café.

NB. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Please note parking is restricted in the surrounding area and we encourage our visitors to travel via alternative means of transport whenever possible.
21 May 2020, 10:30 – 16:00
Petersham Nurseries
Church Lane
Off Petersham Road
TW10 7AB

Tickets £165