Archive for the ‘community’ Category

Willow workshops at Castle Gardens

Friday, February 24th, 2012

The sweet peas will be looking good this year on these beautiful supports which were made during a workshop at Castle Gardens Centre in Sherborne, a superb location for a creative afternoon!

Willow bird houses – Sherborne

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

It was another sunny day at Castle Gardens!  I have put together a short series of willow workshops at Castle Gardens in order to keep me in touch with the gardening ‘world’ over the next few weeks and yesterday was a great start to the series with us making willow birds nests.  

I am grateful to Mike Burks and the team at Castle Gardens who have very kindly allowed me  to use the Butterfly House for the workshops, it is a great space at the heart of this superb garden centre.

Winter Solstice Lantern Parade – Shepton Mallet

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

The lantern parade that Martin and I organise, now in its second year, was a huge success, over 200 participants on the night, Bath Samba Sulis band and 4 days of lantern making workshops through December.  A great community building event for Shepton Mallet, noted by the local paper who gave us 2 pages cover (including front page!).

And a great video on Youtube thanks to Adam:    http://bit.ly/rwYvEj

More lanterns…

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

A few more photos from some very successful workshops I ran last week.

Christmas workshops

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Small cane balls, willow stars, coloured willow rings, herbal wreaths to the more traditional wreaths decorated with cones and apples…  all of these things have been made during the 3 Christmas workshops I have recently run.

Community Lantern Parade

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Shepton Mallet’s Lantern Parade, organised by Martin and myself is in its second year.  We have been running workshops, with the help of 4 volunteers, in one of the empty shops at the heart of Shepton Mallet.   Lots of exciting lanterns have been made and there is still one day of workshops to go, this Saturday. 

Residents of Field House in Shepton have been involved in the project thanks to funding from Shepton 21.

www.sheptonlanternfestival.org.uk



Chilly fingers in Radstock

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The rain held off and the sun did its best but an icy wind blew through every layer I was wearing which left me wishing I’d brought an extra coat, pair of socks and gloves.

December isn’t the best time for working with willow out of doors but the residents of this nursing home were grateful and amused at my activity in the garden.  Some brave residents, wrapped from top to toe, ventured out to take a closer look but I think they will enjoy the sculpture better this winter from the comfort of their sitting room. 

Winter twigs

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Well it is that time of year again, frosted leaves have been blown off the trees, shrubs and climbers to reveal grey, white, black, spotted, red or orange twigs…  I do love winter twigs and have planted a lot of different varieties in my garden, and why not…  since our winters can feel very long sometimes!

I feel that the subtleties of nature’s offerings get rather overshadowed by the tinsel in the shops at this time of year and that is why I offer workshops for natural Christmas decorations in December (next workshop on 14th December, see workshop page).  And it goes without saying that I am always  particularly pleased when my enthusiasm rubs off onto others hence the posting of the letter I recently received!

Good winter twigs you can grow in your garden for Christmas decorations include:
All willow varieties if you cut them to ground level every March (e.g. Salix alba britzensis)
All dogwood varieties if you cut them to ground level every March (e.g. Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’)
Silver birch (Betula pendula) twigs
Old man’s beard vines (Clematis vitalba)
Ash young shoots : grey in colour with black buds (Fraxinus excelsior)

A winning garden in Shaftesbury

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

A lucky couple in Shaftesbury won a free £6000 garden makeover from Castle Gardens (garden centre, Sherborne) earlier this year.  I was commissioned to redesign the front garden which I helped plant up today. 

The front garden to this 1930′s brick house was dominated by a tidy lawn however the borders were very overgrown and the drive did not allow for the easy manoevering of vehicles.   I slightly modified the  layout of the front garden  in order to accommodate more space for parking and turning cars.  Plants were saved from the original beds and reused in part however the new borders are planted to create year round colour including shrub and standard roses (these are due to be planted late November).

The garden work was carried out by the landscape team at Castle Gardens.

Dragon attracts 1000 visitors

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Over the summer months, ‘my’ willow dragon has become festooned with colourful ribbons, each ribbon representing one child who has found the dragon at the end of the ‘Palace Trail’.