Foghar: A Collaborative Autumn Floral Workshop at the Cambo Estate, Scotland

October 10-12th, 2017

Join us for a two-night 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 and business skills, use unique materials, and learn from three experienced designers. Stay in the historic house, enjoy locally-sourced meals and the company of other growers and designers.

Cambo Country House. Photo courtesy of Sir Peter Erskine

Cambo Country House. Photo courtesy of Sir Peter Erskine

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 Erskine's, Cambo house is much more than just a country house hotel. The estate features a recently restored stable building, 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.

Early October in the walled garden. Photo courtesy of Sir Peter Erskine

Early October in the walled garden. Photo courtesy of Sir Peter Erskine

Accommodation: Cambo offers a wide range of accommodation including private rooms, glamping, a boat, and shared self-catering accommodation in the house (i.e. a wing and servants' quarters—all with private bedrooms). We are holding a block of five ensuite rooms and a wing. If you are traveling from abroad, planning a longer break, or are willing to share large apartment in the house, please let us know. 

Classes: Our classes will be held in either the glasshouse or the newly restored Cambo stables.

Cambo stables. Photo courtesy of Sir Peter Erskine

Cambo stables. Photo courtesy of Sir Peter Erskine

Teachers: Christin Geall is a flower farmer, floral designer, teacher, and gardening columnist. Formally trained at Kew and in Environmental Studies, Christin also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and teaches at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia. She travels widely and served as florist-in-residence at Cambo in 2016. Her design style is representative of her deep knowledge and love for plants. 

Sarah Statham left a busy career as a lawyer to pursue her love of flowers. She is the owner and operator of Simply by Arrangement and students from around the world travel to 'her small corner of Yorkshire' to learn about her lush, naturalistic designs.

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Formally trained as an architect, Rachael Scott runs an event floristry business, Hedgerow, based in Edinburgh. Rachael's commitment to seasonal flowers and her eye for design has made her one of Scotland's leading floral artists.

Photo courtesy of Sir Peter Erskine

Photo courtesy of Sir Peter Erskine

Late October at Cambo

Late October at Cambo

Workshop fee includes: Two dinners, one lunch; all flowers & floral supplies; a guided garden tour at Cambo and the Wormistoune estate; a compote-style vessel and  photographs for your portfolio.

    The Dining Room. Photo courtesy of Sir Peter Erskine

    The Dining Room. Photo courtesy of Sir Peter Erskine

    Itinerary: Tuesday, October 10th

    Check-in & Welcome

    Cambo Garden Tour

    Dinner in the Dining Room

    Wednesday, October 11th: 

    Breakfast

    Bouquet Theory & Practice

    Lunch

    Centerpiece Design

    Drinks in the Drawing Room

    Dinner in the Dining Room

    Thursday, October 12th

    Breakfast

    Roundtable: The Business of Flowers

    A trip to the gardens at Wormistoune

    Farewells

    The Cambo Estate with Kingsbarns links along the beach and Kingsbarns distillery. Photo courtesy of Sir Peter Erskine

    The Cambo Estate with Kingsbarns links along the beach and Kingsbarns distillery. Photo courtesy of Sir Peter Erskine

    Investment: 

    • Classes + 2 dinners + lunch: £700
    • Accommodation options/prices can be viewed at: http://www.camboestate.com/stay. Please note: We'll be making the accommodation arrangements with the estate, so please visit their website to view pricing and options. Some rooms are B&B, others self-catering. We will try to honour specific requests. If you would like to bring a non-participating spouse or companion to share your room/tent/vessel (at no extra charge), please let us know; we may be able to organize meals for them.

    Please enquire by filling in the form below. We hope you can join us!

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    Flowers from the walled garden, late October

    Flowers from the walled garden, late October