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.

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 your easel. 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


The Red House garden is full of nature and beauty to inspire the creation of crafts and art, just as it did 150 years ago for William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites. On Tuesday 11 June we are inviting you into this small oasis to use as your muse.


En Plein Air is a free event, with the garden open for all artists. Tea & coffee will be available and picnics are welcome.


Please note that the house will not be open for this event.