Experts & Artisans in the Demo Teepee

For two days in September our rustic Demo Teepee on the Top Lawn was full of delightful smells and sights, the location for two days of workshops and talks on a range of harvest topics. We had Flora Arbuthnott on using flowers and leaves to make dyes, Grace Alexander on growing flowers, Hog & Tallow showing how to make botanical soaps and Jan Billington from Madocks Farms on which flowers you can eat and decorate cakes with. The Two Thirsty Gardeners, experts on making booze from your garden, showed how to press apples and make cider while the boys from Taylors Traditional Bakery made a traditional wheatsheaf complete with harvest mouse!

 

Jump to events schedule

Find out more about our demo’s & workshops at forde below:

Saturday 16th September

Tea Tent

NatureMakes: Making boats & fairy houses from natural materials – all ages

Jane Welsh: Basket Making

Cornucopia: Audrey and David Rolfe making corn dollies

Chapel

Thornhayes Nursery: Apple Ident Display

Simple Pleasures: Bulb Display

Ready Veggie Bake!: Cake Competition Display

Demo Tepee

Homemade Preserves with Kamil Oseka, Head chef The Pig at Bath

Grace Alexander: Grow your own flowers and natural arrangements

Make a Wheatsheaf the boys from Taylors Traditional Bakery show you how

Fermenting Veg with Katie Venner, Radio 4’s The Archers fermenting expert

Two Thirsty Gardeners Cider Making – Nick and Rich show you how

Forde’s Trees

Kevin Croucher: Tree Tours – meet 12.30 at the Plant Creche

Gastro Garden

Ed Mello – Cheese-making, smoked meats and charcuterie

Make your own Festival Gin – with Cosmo from Devon Distillery and his Still on the Move

In a Jam with your Jam? – Antonia Mottola’s pickle and jam surgery all day both days from her stall

Great Hall

Charlie Dimmock: In Conversation with Jim Buttress

Toby Buckland: Practical Autumn Gardening

Jim Buttress: in conversation with Kamil Oseka and Ollie Hutson from The Pig

Alan Down: Lasagne Style Bulb Combos

Long Grass Area

Chris Riley: Scything – all days demo’s on meadow and long grass management

Walled Garden

Danny Burlingham, Head Gardener: Kitchen Garden Tours

 

 

 

Sunday 17th September

Tea Tent

NatureMakes: Make boats & fairy houses – all ages

Jane Welsh: Basket Making

Cornucopia – Audrey and David Rolfe show how to make corn dollies

Chapel

Thornhayes Nursery: Apple Ident Display

Simple Pleasures: Bulb Display

Ready Veggie Bake!: Cake  Competition Display

Demo Yurt

Edible Flowers: Grow your own flowers for edible arrangement with Jan Billington from Maddocks Farm Organics

Hog & Tallow: Botanical Soap Making

Dazzling Dahlias: with Rob Evans owner of award-winning Pheasant Acre Plants

Flora Artbuthnott: Make natural dyes from garden plants

Forde’s Trees

Kevin Croucher: Tree Tours – meet at 12.30pm at the Plant Creche

Forde’s Willow Tunnel

Stefan Jennings: Weaving willow garden structures

Gastro Garden

Ed Mello: Cooking/Charcuterie/Cheese-making/Smoking

In a Jam with your Jam? All day jam and pickle surgery with Antonia Mottola of Bunnies’ Love

Great Hall

Christine Walkden: Grow your own Fruit & Veg

Toby Buckland: Practical Autumn Gardening

Ben Richards – grow your own beer

Jim Buttress: Compere/Q&A

Alan Down: Lasagne Style Bulb Combinations

Long Grass Area

Chris Riley: Learn to Scythe & manage wild meadows and long grass

Walled Garden

Danny Burlingham, Head Gardener: Kitchen Garden Tours

 

 

 

Walled Garden Tours

Dating back to the 19th century, Forde’s Walled Garden is the working part of the garden situated behind the house, a series of rectangular beds bisected by paths and edged on one side by lean-to greenhouses. In late summer, the Garden is replete with cut flowers and vegetables, including dahlias, cosmos and marigolds in full bloom, with ripening pumpkins, cabbages, kale and blocks of sweetcorn. In the adjacent greenhouses there are grapevines dripping with bunches of grapes. Today the garden produces enough fruit, vegetables and flowers for use in the house and tearoom for much of the year. From here you can access the shop and Forde’s lovely Plant Centre.