view of Capel Manor GardensCapel Manor Gardens

The lovely gardens of Capel Manor in Enfield make it a great venue for all artists interested in horticultural subjects. There are over 60 themed award winning gardens to enjoy on this 30 acre estate first established in the late 13th century.I have always been a keen gardener and have trekked up to Capel each time I needed inspiration with planting schemes for my own little plot.Whatever the season there is something unusual and interesting to see. There are even gardens in the grounds that have been rebuilt following wins at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The gardens are open daily to the public from 10am – 5.30pm between March to Oct. Weekdays only Nov – Feb. avenue of Prunus Serrula trees at Capel Manor Admission fee is £5.50 (concessions £4.50)If you are a student on one of my art courses this admission fee is included in the course fee.There is ample free parking and the venue hosts many interesting events and activities throughout the year. to find out more about what is on offer you can take a look at theCapel Manor website.Soon you will even be able to get married there once they are licensed for civil you could be one of the first!

taking photos of the gorgeous acers at Capel ManorArt Courses at Capel Manor

The aim of my courses there are to teach a few "tricks of the trade" that will improve your drawing & painting skills using the beautiful gardens for inspiration. This is a great opportunity to increase your source material for future paintings with photos taken during the course (weather permitting) Bulbs and cherry blossom in the spring, beautiful flowers in the summer and awesome acer trees in the autumn as you can see from the students clicking away with their cameras in November last year.Who needs to travel to Virginia in the fall for autumnview of Capel  Gardens colour!Journalist Caroline Foster wrote a two page feature about the art classes at Capel in Hertfordshire Life article March 2011.

Le Jardin de Vincent at CapelYou can purchase drinks & snacks from the restaurant or alternately bring your own as after the lesson ends at 1.30pm you can spend the rest of the day in the gardens working on your art …or just relaxing!For further information and the list of suggested materials and conditions for attending this course contact The Studio.

Capel Manor contact details

Capel Manor is situated by junction 25 of the M25 just off the A10 signposted Enfield.The address is Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 4RQ tel 08456 122 122 map & where to stay during course

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