Saturday, 27th June 2015, 09:30 AM - Sunday, 28th June 2015, 16:00 PM

Bettys are hosting a weekend celebration of tea and cake in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Harlow Carr.

The Petal to Pot Summer Garden Party will celebrate the quintessentially English tradition of taking afternoon tea and cake with a series of demonstrations from Bettys Cookery School and Craft Bakery in a purpose-built marquee.

Demos will include how to use seasonal produce from the garden to create delicious afternoon cakes and desserts, cake decorating and bread making.

Visitors can meet the chocolatier and hear the behind-the-scenes story of Bettys Chocolate Room and there’s a chance to take a peek at previously unseen material from Bettys archive.

Lovers of craft bakery will get a peek at Bettys original menus and advertising leaflets, silverware, china and chocolate boxes – as well as founder, Frederick Belmont’s personal scrapbook charting the early development of the business.

 Lisa Bennison, senior tutor at Bettys Cookery School, said: “Tutors from the Cookery School and craftspeople from the Chocolate Room and Bakery are looking forward very much to sharing our passion for craft skills and our Bettys expertise with visitors to Petal to Pot. “

 There will be a selection of local artisan cake stalls and tea-enthusiasts can discover the therapeutic properties of herb and flower teas with herbalist, Bel Charlesworth, and mix their own tea blends to take home.

 For those wishing to improve their fruit and vegetable know-how, a series of walks and talks around the kitchen garden are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 Paul Cook, curator at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, said: “There’s a wealth of produce that people can grow in their own gardens and turn into delicious meals, drinks and desserts. Petal to Pot is a celebration of what can be done with quality products and a little bit of know-how.”

 Families can bring along a picnic and relax in a vintage deck chair on the garden’s lower lawn where there will be live music and garden games for all the family to enjoy.

 For more information,  contact 0845 265 8070.


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