BELMOND LE MANOIR AUX QUAT' SAISONS
THE RAYMOND BLANC GARDENING SCHOOL
THE FIRST EVER SCHOOL WITHIN A HOTEL PROPERTY DEDICATED TO HORTICULTURE
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons launched The Raymond Blanc Gardening School in July 2017 – the first of its kind in the UK. Inspired by a deep joy and curiosity for the wonders of nature, this school promises to combine the passion the whole team at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons share for the love of gardening, with the desire to pass on best kept secrets to guests.
Blanc has always said that the gardens at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons are as much a part of the excellence as the two Michelin-starred food and the launch of the school is the perfect opportunity to enjoy learning more about the mystery of horticulture within a truly convivial environment. Quite simply, it is a perfect marriage of true minds – where nature and culture coexist.
EXPERT KNOWLEDGE AND PASSION
Guests who visit Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons almost always head to the kitchen garden, a magnificent two-acre vegetable and herb scape producing over 90 types of vegetables and 70 herbs and this is where the inspiration to create the first ever hotel gardening school originated.
Head gardener Anne Marie Owens, who has worked at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons for over 30 years, shares the same passions as Blanc, and together they have combined heritage and modernity when it comes to growing methods with the passion for spreading that knowledge. Utilising tried and tested and more recent techniques, the team will also offer tips on the whole process – from planting and growing to picking and cooking.
UNFORGETTABLE 'NATURAL ESCAPES'
The Raymond Blanc Gardening School will impart insider tips and expert advice in a relaxed and creative environment, appealing to those with a keen interest in all things botanical, or seasoned professionals.
Guests will be encouraged to discuss gardening experiences with greenfingered experts and take home ideas and inspiration guaranteed to transform natural spaces or feel energised to create a personal garden scape.
There will also be courses run by specialist growers and experts who have consulted with Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons over the years. Courses aim to cover subjects such as herbs for their medicinal properties, fruit tree pruning and gardening for children – to prepare for the next generation of gardeners.
Address: Church Road, Great Milton, Oxford, OX44 7PD, United Kingdom