En Plein Air at Red House

Painting Outside

Pick up your easel and paints and head over to Red House for a day of outdoor painting in 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.

One the west lawn the Bowling Green remains, surrounded by herbaceous borders and framed by the rose arch which in turn opens out into the orchard.

An important feature to William Morris, trees over 100 years old still surround the house, in amongst new apple trees, ensuring the continuation of 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 your easel.

En Plein Air is a free event, with gardens open for all, tea & coffee will be available and picnics are welcome. The house will not be open for this event.