Willow Garden Structures (2 days)

The Course

Get creative in the garden! Expert Carole Beavis will teach you all you need to know about willow. Projects include obelisks, plant supports and hedgerow baskets. Carole will also explain how to build larger structures such as dens, domes, tunnels and arbours as she covers the theory and practice of producing living willow sculptures. (Note the actual planting of living willow is a seasonal activity, taking place only in the winter months.)

Traditional frame baskets can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes using very old and accessible techniques. By working mainly in willow but incorporating other materials pruned from shrubs and hedges, you can create something beautiful, functional and totally sustainable.

Willow is an intensely satisfying and versatile medium. Develop your ideas in whatever direction you choose; be classic and ornamental or wild and wacky! Carole is happy to offer practical advice to those with specific projects awaiting them at home. She provides handouts giving clear step by step instruction and listing suppliers.

Most of the class will be garden-based, with the studio as back-up in the event of poor weather. We back onto organically farmed land with views across the fields to Carsington Water making it a lovely place to work.

Open to all – both beginners and those with experience.

“A wonderful course – the perfect combination of learning, doing and eating…being nourished all round. I will definitely be back for more!” M.J. (Derbyshire)

Tutor: Carol Beavis

Carole is a hugely talented willow weaver and creative practitioner. Her portfolio boasts a raft of innovative work from school and community projects to private commissions. She has exhibited at the RHS Flower Show Hampton Court and Burghley House. Her sculptures have been featured in World of Interiors and Gardens Illustrated magazines and on BBC’s ‘Countryfile’ programme.

Carole is a passionate gardener and has for many years used willow to create interesting, practical and sometimes quirky features for gardens. She enjoys passing on her enthusiasm and skills to others.

To view Carole’s own website visit www.carolebeavis.co.uk

“To be totally absorbed in something so pleasurable is such a wonderful experience.” G.H. (Abergavenny)

Materials

A basic charge of £20 per person covers the willow required to make a couple of objects over the 2 days. Additional materials including living willow can be purchased (or ordered depending on the season) at the end of the course.

Carole grows her own willow for her ‘living’ sculptures, but also uses other hedgerow materials where available. In her opinion, nothing in the garden should be wasted when it could be turned into a magnificent masterpiece!

Tools are provided but feel free to bring your own secateurs if you prefer.

Note: This materials charge is in addition to the course fee

Timings & Refreshments

Start time: Join us from 10.00am for tea/coffee and introductions. Tuition starts at 10.30am
End time: Tuition finishes around 4.30pm

There is an hour for lunch and breaks whenever you wish.

A tasty light lunch is included in the course fee. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day to help yourself and there will be home-made cake mid afternoon.

Course Fee

2 day workshop:  £185 (includes professional tuition, lunches and refreshments)
An additional materials fee applies.

Accommodation

There are plenty of options locally if you need somewhere to stay: