floral retreat: The Art of Flowers at belcombe court, Bradford-on-Avon

Friday 4th - Saturday 5th october 2019

Escape with the JamJar team and embark on a two day floral retreat at the magnificent Belcombe Court, a stunning Grade I listed Georgian house situated in Bradford-on-Avon, six miles from Bath in Wiltshire. Over this two day retreat, we will explore The Art of Flowers, creating free flowing floral sculptures without the use of floral foam. We have curated a stimulating programme of workshops to both inspire and challenge your creative senses. Fill your arms with exquisite seasonal flowers and foraged foliage and take time to create some truly stunning floral pieces under the expert guidance of JamJar. From elaborate centrepieces to large scale floral art pieces, we will take our lead from the beauty of the house, the cutting garden and surrounding landscape.

The house was originally built in 1734 by John Wood the Elder, who was known for designing many of the finest buildings in Bath. Inside, the house is a blend of the classic and the contemporary, decorated by the current owners, Paul & Caroline Weiland, with an eclectic mix of antique and modern furnishings. The garden is registered by English Heritage as being of special historic interest. Developed in the 18th Century in neo-classical ‘Picturesque’ style, the gardens and parkland contain the original features of a grotto, rotunda and a ruined ‘temple’, constructed during the same period as those at Stourhead. The four acres of landscaped gardens include lawns, an ornamental pond with Koi carp, box and yew topiary and fine specimen trees. Modern touches have been sympathetically introduced, with carefully placed sculptures, infinity pool and terrace, tennis court, a beautifully converted church barn, six acres of woodland walks, a shell house and walled garden incorporating roses, grasses and fruit, with views extending across the valley. The 45 acres of Parkland are visited by an abundance of wildlife and are grazed by Hebridean sheep.

Explore this beautiful estate where, through garden walks and floral workshops, we will immerse ourselves in the glories of nature. Breathe clean air away from the stresses of screen and city, and come with us on a journey of exploration.  

This course is suitable for both professional florists with a desire to learn about the art of creating big sculptural pieces without the use of floral foam; but also, simply for people who love flowers and would like to expand their knowledge and skills.


friday 4th October

10.00 -10.30 Arrival at Belcombe Court

10.30 -11.00 Coffee and Introductions - Garden Terrace.

11.00 -12.00  Garden tour with Paul, Caroline & Head Gardener, Sue Cranch.

12.00 - 12.30 Foraging for foliage in the grounds of the estate and selecting your flowers.

12.30  Lunch in the barn, followed by table flowers demonstration.

13.30 - 15.30 Working in the barn on floral arrangements and table dressing. Guests to make elaborate low urn arrangements focusing on colour and form to dress the dining tables for evening dinner. Styling with beautiful table linens, candles and tableware. Photography of styled table scapes.

15.30 Tea and Cake on the terrace overlooking the gardens and surrounding landscape.

16:30 Group work: begin to construct foam free structures from which to build our floral art pieces.

17.30 Finish for the day. Free time to explore the grounds or relax with the JamJar team.

19.15  Informal talk with Melissa Richardson - The Art of Flowers.

19.45  Dinner in the dining room.

Saturday 5th october

8.00 -10.00 Breakfast in the dining room

9.00 - 12.00 Demonstration and group work creating large scale foam free art pieces around the grounds of the house and main barn.

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch        

13.30 -15.00 Continue working on art pieces, and styling for photo shoot.

15.00 Tea and cake.

16.00 Photography for portfolios.

17.00 Departure 


Two days with overnight stay including all meals:


One Day:

£450 (Friday 20th, places limited please contact Belcombe for details)

For more information and to book please contact Sarah at Belcombe Court:

+44 07801 822 062