Choose from a general gardening course to set you on the right path, specialist courses on pruning and propagation for the keen amateur gardener, willow weaving or informal floristry.
I am also happy to do shorter one- on- one sessions, give me a call and we can tailor any course to your needs!
The courses are very much hands-on and numbers are therefore limited to 8 per course. You will need outdoor clothing; I suggest warm and waterproof layers to be hopefully shed if the sun comes out! There are tunnels and greenhouses to retreat into as needed, but we will be outside as much as possible.
Tools will be on site but do bring your own gloves and secateurs if you have them. I will provide summary sheets of terms and techniques, so bring a notebook and pen to add your own comments.
The format for the day; a civilised 10am start to the morning session with a break for coffee and biscuits, a simple but tasty home-made lunch, the afternoon session, followed by a cup of tea and the opportunity to wander around the garden before a 4pm finish.
We will be working with variable, living willow, which is beautifully flexible when fresh and has lovely colours. I grow some of the willow on site and buy in extra willow rods. These latter have to be ordered by January.
One day may not be long enough, if you are starting as a beginner, to create a perfect masterpiece - but it's really good fun! and gives you all the basic knowledge to practise on your own.
We will attempt a medium basket, but also look at the techniques used in hurdles, sculpture, tripods, and talk about growing your own willow. I am happy to help you do your own project if you have something in mind.
Everyone works at their own pace but as the course numbers are limited, you get assistance as required. It does help if you have strong fingers, but don't worry! I have lots of different ways to get around this.
You will need the layered clothing appropriate to Welsh weather as we will be outside or in the stable or polytunnel - there will be opportunities to warm up! - perhaps bring fingerless gloves if you have them.
I have several pairs of secateurs, which will be sharp (N.B.!) If you have your own do bring them, we can sharpen them as necessary.
You will be provided with a sheet of basic instructions to take away, but bring a pen to add notes.
Coffee, tea(s) and biscuits available at any point with home-made bread, vegetarian soup, cheese, fruit and cake for lunch, so you shouldn't go hungry! I will start teaching at 10am, so get here 9.45am if you'ld like to start with a drink!
If you have specific dietary requirements, just let me know.
Well that was hectic...but great fun! The format will change slightly for 2020, check back here in January!
Cost £42 per person inclusive
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A few pictures of the 2019 courses. All unique - and really excellent results after all their efforts!