At first glance, the tranquil acres surrounding Gliffaes Country House Hotel appear to be a carefully-tended paradise of manicured lawns, specifically-chosen plants and exquisite rare trees. And you’d be right in thinking this.
However…take a step beyond the sculpted beauty of the cultivated gardens, and you’ll find that there’s a fascinating and untamed side to Gliffaes. The successive generations that have loved this house and its grounds have allowed nature to do its own thing, too, and so there is also a Secret Garden, a garden, full of unexpected and wild delights.
In the company of forager Adele Nozedar (author of The Hedgerow Handbook) come and explore the untamed side of Gliffaes, learn about plant identification, and be surprised at the qualities of some of our more common – and possibly uncommon – wild plants.
‘For me, foraging is a very philosophical pursuit. As Elizabeth Taylor said of her priceless jewels, ‘It’s not the having, but the getting’. We have no idea what we’ll find at Gliffaes; we do know, though, that if we like spectacular scenery, a wander with like-minded people and the chance to look at the world in a slightly different way, then we’ll be happy’.
Meet at Gliffaes at 10.30 on 20th April for a 2 hour ramble followed by a lunch including foraged ingredients. After lunch, Susie Suter will give a short talk about the story of Gliffaes, and Adele will tell you more about the intriguing history of our often-overlooked hedgerows.
You’ll need decent footwear (wellies are always a good bet) and clothing suitable for the weather (ie. bring a water proof jacket in the hope that you won’t need it). You might also like to bring a camera and a note book to help remember the plants you’ll be learning about.
If you would like to come please call the hotel on 01874 730 371 or send us an email via the form on the contact us page.
Adults £15 each including a light lunch and children under 16 £5. No dogs please. We look forward to seeing you.