The Cambo Estate, Scotland, October 7-10, 2019.
A floral retreat at the stunning Cambo Estate on the east coast of Scotland. Immerse yourself in the 2.5-acre Victorian walled garden, named by Gardens Illustrated in 2016 as one of the top ten gardens in the UK to visit for planting inspiration. Develop your floristry skills, deepen your knowledge of plants, use unique materials from the garden, stay in the historic house, enjoy drinks in the drawing room and locally-sourced gourmet meals, a scotch tasting, two garden tours, and the company of other gardeners and designers. Spouses and dogs welcome.
The Cambo Estate: The Cambo estate has been in the Erskine family since the late 1670s however the current house was built in 1881 after a fire devastated the old house. Still the family home of the Erskines, Cambo house is much more than just a country house hotel. The estate features a recently restored stable building where our classes are held, a glasshouse, ancient stone walls, a garden shop, formal gardens, the Victorian walled garden, woodlands, and North Sea access. Cambo is next door to the famous Kingsbarns golf course and a short drive from St Andrews and the historic East Neuk fishing villages of Fife.
Accommodation: Cambo offers a wide range of accommodation including private rooms and large self-catering apartments in the house (wings and servants' quarters). Given the diversity of options, one fee will be charged for the workshop/meals and your accommodation of choice added on top. Partners sharing a room stay for free, but will be charged for meals/drinks. Dogs welcome in some rooms. We're happy to work with you on finding the right package for your needs.
For the three nights of the workshop, plan on budgeting $200 per night for a private room with bath. These rooms are listed under ‘bed & breakfast’ on Cambo’s site. A more economical option is to share an apartment/wing in the house (all offer private rooms) which costs under $300 for 4 nights inclusive. All rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! PS: We have booked the entire house for the workshop, so your accommodation will handled though Cultivated, not the Cambo Estate.
Schedule: Plan to arrive by 3pm on the 7th. Check-out after breakfast on the 10th (those staying in self-catering wings have the option of staying until the 11th).
Workshop fee includes: Two full days instruction; full access to the estate; three full Scottish breakfasts; two cafe lunches; a guided scotch tasting; drinks in the drawing room and three locally-sourced gourmet dinners prepared by Angels with Bagpipes from Edinburgh; foraging; all flowers & floral supplies; interpretive tours of the Cambo garden and the Wormistoune estate led by the respective head gardeners; a vessel to take home and bouquet photographs and headshots for your portfolio.
Investment: $3500 CDN (roughly equivalent to $2600 US and 2120 GBP), plus accommodation of your choice.
Instructors: Christin Geall is a Canadian floral designer, urban flower farmer, gardening columnist, teacher, and author of Cultivated: Elements of Floral Style forthcoming in 2020 from Princeton Architectural Press. Formally trained at Kew and in Environmental Studies, Christin also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and teaches creative writing at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia. She travels widely and first served as florist-in-residence at Cambo in 2016 before developing the Cambo workshop. Her design style is representative of her deep knowledge and love for plants.
Max Gill has been named by Harper’s Bazaar as one of the top wedding florists in the US. He holds a degree in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley and uses flowers and plants from his own garden his work in the Bay Area. Best known for his dramatic organic style, and work at Chez Panisse, Max’s creativity is informed by his interests in sculpture, gardening, and art and theatre history.