Visit: Emmetts

There was a bit of a family reunion at the weekend. I did none of the organising and was quite pleased to be given a “proper” bed in the girl’s dorm.  Lots of chat, endless cups of tea and cocktails in the evening.


A range of activities was put to the vote on Saturday morning.  We agreed to walk through the woods and up to Emmetts, the National Trust property at Ide Hill, near Sevenoaks.



First stop was the café for lunch.  We sat outside in the warm autumn sunshine and meandered the pathways in the afternoon.  As well as the views out across the Kent countryside, there was plenty to feast our eyes on within the garden – a nature lover’s delight …




Back home through the woods I had my assistants on their hands and knees collecting beech nut husks for me.  As well as a bit of foraging, I was allowed to cut autumn-tinged hydrangea heads from our hostess’s garden.  Family and flowers: bliss




I do love autumn with its blue skies and a chill in the air.  If you’d like to embrace the changing season and try something new, how about signing up to one of my classes at Kent Adult Education?  The Ashford sessions are now fully booked, but there are still places at:

  • Deal for a beginners course in floristry starting on Tuesday 14 October (please note the change of date); or
  • Canterbury for a short course on Wedding flowers starting on 7 October

If you’d like to find out more about my next flower arranging workshops, you can sign up direct to my mailing list on the home page of my website – or, if you’d rather, just email me at

Until next time, happy flowers!


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