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.
A slightly different format for 2020!
We will be working with variable, living willow, which is beautifully flexible when fresh and has lovely colours. I grow most of the willow on site and buy in extra willow rods.
This year there are 2 options; an all day course for those with some experience of craft work or 3 hour sessions, preferably on consecutive days, which complete novices may find less exhausting! You would need 2 sessions at least, but may do as many as you wish! The numbers are very small for each course, so you can work at your own pace with assistance as required. All materials and refreshments are included, and you will also be provided with a sheet of basic instructions to take away.
The aim is to produce a simple basket, which gives you the techniques needed for practically any willow weaving. It can be addictive! With these first principles, and practise!, you will find other structures easy to work out and be truly creative.
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.
I decided that making lunch as well as teaching was just a bit much...but there will still be coffee and tea breaks with home-made cake and biscuits! You are welcome to bring a packed lunch, or there is also the Cwpan pinc cafe (at least 5 minutes walk away!) if you fancy something hot.
I will start teaching at 10am, so get here 9.45am if you'ld like to begin with a drink!
Dates; this depends partly on you! The best time for working the green willow is around the beginning of April. But the actual dates are flexible; If you can only do weekends, or only weekdays, school holidays or anytime but holidays! - I'm sure we can find suitable dates.
I will have a look and see if any courses could be run by September this year - otherwise it's fingers crossed for a better year in 2021!
Cost; All day course, 10am to 4pm, max 5 people per course, £40 inclusive
3 hour sessions, 10am to 1pm, max 4 people, £25 inclusive (thus, 2 sessions would be £50)
A few pictures of the 2019 courses. All unique - and really excellent results after all their efforts!
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