Many of you know that I always have a couple of PENNY SIMONS' willow structures here for sale in the Barn....whether they be tall and 'wigwam' shape or squat and 'cloche' like. And I'm sure most of you also know I've had a longterm kind of obsession with this style of plant support in the garden! Whether in fact you use them to support peas, beans or clematis, or any plant with a tendril, or tendency to scramble; or for purely decorative means: to add height, texture or a point of interest in your garden; they add charm and whimsy. My fascination for these structures includes all the flat weave versions like panels and hurdles (some of the best to be seen are at Le Prieure Notre Dame d'Orsan in France....still my absolute favourite garden, while many English gardens are littered with attractive specimens, and some beauties are also to be found at The Cloister Gardens in New York, see blog post). I know I'm not the only one to suffer from this peculiar obsession!
So I am delighted at last to invite you to a WILLOW STRUCTURE WORKSHOP with PENNY on SATURDAY 18 AUGUST. So very many of you have asked over the years if we can please have a workshop where you can learn how to make one of these creations and now you have the chance. Penny will do all the hard work of collecting the material for you to use, and she will guide you through the process of how to make your very own structure to take home on the day. What a treat!
Penny wishes to emphasise that this will be a beginner - intermediate willow weaving course - no prior experience required. However, it is hard work on the hands and fingers, so please keep in mind that you will need good flexibility and strength in your hands and fingers.
The day will go ahead, rain hail or shine. Whilst it would be lovely to spread out in the August sunshine, should we need to, the Dairy, Loggia and Hayshed are all under cover as a backstop, and we may just need a modified version of our usual long table lunch should the weather be against us....as I just know the amount of weaving material on the day is going to be voluminous!
Gosh I'm so excited. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. All details and the booking form are here. Penny and I will much look forward to spending the day with a group of like-minded willow enthusiasts!
Very best wishes as always,
ps There are still some places available at next week's BONES & BROTH WORKSHOP.....I can't think of a better way to spend a winter Saturday, learning how to make the best possible broth with the most capable (and fun) broth lady in town! Come and join us - you will cook better and eat better as a result - it doesn't get better than that!