We are delighted to reveal details of our function programme and special events for 2019.
Full pre-payment will be required at time of booking and all events are subject to a 14 day cancellation policy.
Third generation David Levasseur is a passionate nonconformist. His microgrower Champagne house, vineyards planted by his grandfather Albert in the 1940s, produces 35,000 bottles a year from only his own organic grapes, grown across 4 hectares of plots in and around Cuchery and Châtillon-sur-Marne. Here in the heart of the Montagne de Reims national park, David has embarked on a sensory journey to unpick the intricate terroir of his little corner of Champagne, while
giving a leading role to Pinot Meunier, often the supporting act. “I like to compare my job to that of a chef as for when I am making my Champagne it is just like I am cooking with ingredients.” David Levasseur.
Make a small construction out of willow and wire and then decorate with pink and red roses plus other foliage and flowers to create a romantic design. Suitable for all abilities.
Monet and waterlilies are inextricably linked but when it comes to water gardening, Bory Latour-Marliac and William Robinson are far more important. The former engineered daring water lily couplings with consummate skill whilst forging a delightful professional and personal friendship with the latter not least in breeding the Nymphaea Robinsoniana. Caroline Holmes will navigate the launching of kaleidoscopic colour across Gravetye’s lakes matched by the men’s enthusiastic letters, presents and gossip from the 1880’s to WWI.
A day to spend quality time with Mum and attempt a new challenge creating a coffee table design filled with spring flowers to both take home.
Xavier Weisskopf founded Le Rocher des Violettes in 2005 after studying winemaking in Chablis and Beaune and earning his degree in viticulture and oenology. He quickly went to work for Louis Barruol at famed Gigondas producer Chateau de Saint Cosme. He quickly rose to the rank of chef du cave, making 4 vintages during his tenure. His love for Chenin Blanc drew him to Montlouis, where an underappreciation of this historic appellation allowed him to acquire 9 hectares of sacred old vine sites (mostly planted pre WWII!). He immediately converted his 13 hectares to certified organic viticulture and all grapes are picked by hand. The results are beautifully textured, individual dry wines with bags of personality and laser precision.
Our Chelsea award winning Head Florist, Sue Flight, will once again be hosting her Easter themed flower workshops. With her expert knowledge and guidance, create a stunning arrangement for the Easter table using a selection of spring flowers and a candle.
The first garden tour in this year’s event programme should coincide with the stunning tulip displays. The azalea bank will also be in full flower, providing a feast of colour and is the perfect antidote to the long winter gone. The leaves will be fresh on the many specimen trees and thousands of bulbs will be flowering amongst a tapestry of foliage. Join Tom as he talks through his plans for the coming growing season.
“The Grand Cru of the Midi”: within 40 years the Mas de Daumas Gassac wines have reached the rare status of “cult wine” that is only given to a few exceptional estates. The family winery, founded by Véronique and Aimé Guibert – and now run by their four sons Samuel, Gaël, Roman and Basile – has single-handedly rewritten the history of winemaking for the region of Languedoc. Known for a century as a place where only cheap table wines were produced, the Guiberts were instrumental in showing that this region in the south of France could produce world-class wines. Mas de Daumas Gassac’s wines are grown on a “magic” terroir strikingly similar to the best of Burgundy, with cool microclimate gifting finesse and complexity to its vintages.
May is probably the most glorious month in the garden and arguably a time when Gravetye is at its most beautiful. In the Flower Garden, sweeps of fox gloves, columbines and lupins should be taking over from the fading tulips and in the Kitchen Garden the first early potatoes should be ready to lift. It is however, the Wild Garden which really stands out at this time of year, with carpets of bulbs and wild flowers in the meadows. Our famed handkerchief tree will be looking its best, and is testament to William Robinson, who planted it nearly 150 years ago. Tom will focus on the work involved in managing Robinson’s historic Wild Garden.
On this tour, Tom will focus on the Flower Garden, where the mixed borders will be at their peak and bursting with flowers. As well as giving an insight into the overall management of the garden, Tom will discuss the intense planting of the Flower Garden and the nursery work involved in supplying the borders with plants. The Kitchen Garden will also be approaching its peak and will be producing an abundance of produce for both the Kitchen and the Florists.