Stately Winter Botanicals

Stately Winter botanicals - harewood house

9th December 2018

 Rainbow and stormy skies over Harewood terrace and wreath installation

Rainbow and stormy skies over Harewood terrace and wreath installation

The team at Harewood House and I have worked together to create a magical day of immersion into florals and botanicals, from the history of the house to actually getting involved outside yourself and of course making your own gorgeous wreath.

Every part of the day will tie into my love of this wonderful season and the huge array of often overlooked treasures for festive decorating that is available to all of us.

Enjoy a touch of foraging from the vast estate…

Learn about the botanical history of the Still Room, our ‘Below Stairs’ workshop for the day …

The Still Room Harewood House

Create your own stunning wreath…

large natural winter wreath

And SOOO much more…

So join us at Harewood House on December 9th 2018. It is in such an amazing environment it will be a lovely, slow and mindful way to build up to Christmas. How often do you spend the time to go out in December and see the natural beauty around you, let alone pick it and use it?

 Wreath installation on the terrace at Harewood House. You will get a private insight into the concept and creating of these huge wreaths

Wreath installation on the terrace at Harewood House. You will get a private insight into the concept and creating of these huge wreaths

Focussing totally on ingredients that are available in the garden, hedgerow or roadside, I guarantee this will make you look differently at everything around you.

This is the only festive event I will be doing and I won’t be selling any wreaths this year.

We will be working ‘Below Stairs’ ( very Downton!)  with lots of exciting activities to entice you, including a private, tailor made tour of the festively dressed house and much, much more.

foraged wreath Harewood House

Your day

The day will start with a private, tailor made tour of the festively dressed house, focussing on flowers and botanicals. We will then move down to the Still Room (which holds its own interesting botanical history) where I will demonstrate how to make your own large, natural and everlasting wreath using dried herbs, roots, seedheads, foliages and trimmings from Harewood’s gardens and grounds as well as from my own Yorkshire cutting garden and local hedgerows (and even the tips at the house - I LOVE using the most innocuous of ingredients!).

The wreath will last all year round and would happily grace your lounge wall as a natural piece of art.

After a private festive afternoon tea in the newly opened Billiard Room, not previously seen by the public, I will guide you round the Terrace Garden and point out all the garden has to offer at this time of year, you will start to see new found potential in every stem, stick, root and leaf.

You will also get a guided tour of the large wreath installations I designed and created on the terrace, taking you through the initial concept, the foraging and ‘finding’ to the actual making of these dramatic, one-off pieces.

Then you head back inside to the Still Room to make your own oversized wreath to take home, not forgetting to take your welcome gift too!

You will have then have the option of revisiting the house and gardens again at your leisure until they close at 6pm.

Freestanding oversized wreath on Harewood House terrace

What's Included:

  • Demonstration and workshop led by Fiona Pickles of Firenza Flowers

  • Make and take home your own large “artwork” wreath

  • Guided tour around Fiona’s installation wreaths on the Terrace with insights into the concept, right through to the creation

  • Festive Afternoon Tea held in Harewood’s newly opened Billiard Room

  • A private tour of Harewood’s Christmas experience in the House

  • A festive welcome gift

Investment:

Full day at Harewood House and all tools, teaching, ingredients, food and drink provided - £285

To Book:

Follow the red BOOK TICKETS box under the images on the Harewood House page (you will need to tick that you have a HH membership even if you haven't and I will verify your details with Harewood House.) For your peace of mind, it might be worth just e-mailing me separately to let me know so I can verify you promptly.
OR
Complete this form and I will pass your details on - Harewood House Bookings will then ring you to make payment

Places are strictly limited to 8 only to keep it intimate and special - there are now only a couple of spaces left so don’t dilly dally!

It will be an amazing day of creativity, a bit of culture, cake and an opportunity to take a bit of time out to appreciate the beauty that is still around us, even though we hardly notice it in the chaos that is December! 

I cannot wait to see you there,

Fiona