En Plein Air at Red House

Painting Outside

Join us at Red House on the last Tuesday of each month to use the garden as inspiration for your art. March - September (weather depending).

The Garden


Red House’s one acre garden was designed by architect Philip Webb and owner William Morris to be an extension of the house. Remnants of the ‘garden rooms’ originally created can still be seen, with different areas created for different past-times.


On the west lawn the Bowling Green remains, surrounded by herbaceous borders and framed by the rose arch which opens out into the orchard. To the south of the house sits the well courtyard, a view highlighting the architectural details of the house from its steep gables to its many shaped windows.


The garden surrounds the house on all sides, and from the cottage garden vegetable patch to the wild meadow in the orchard, there are numerous spots perfect to pitch an easel if you're looking for some artistic inspiration. An important feature to William Morris, trees over 100 years old still surround the house, amongst new apple trees, ensuring the continuation of the orchard.

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Pear blossom at Red House, Kent
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Make Morris Proud

Follow in the footsteps of the Pre-Raphaelites artists and be inspired by Red House and the garden. Grab your easel and paints and join us for a day of quiet creativity in the garden on the last Tuesday of each Month. 

Please note that the house will be closed.