Sunday, February 17, 2013

Get Ready for Spring at Garden Getaway

9th annual
Garden Getaway at Shake Rag Alley
March 23 & 24

Tired of winter and yearning to get out in your garden? Shake Rag Alley's kick-off event of the season is coming up in just a month! Packed with 17 workshops, Garden Getaway is sure to chase away those winter blues and get you geared up for spring.

It's all about creating art for your garden, creating art from the products of your garden, and learning gardening skills.

Willow Master John Schakel will bring lots of fresh willow and show you how build a sturdy Bent Willow Trellis that your sweet peas and other climbing plants will love.

Mosaic and hypertufa classes are some of the most popular at Garden Getaway. Make a Hypertufa Planter or carve a decorative "bas-relief" Hypertufa Carved Slab. Make mosaic Pebble Balls or a Mosaic Rock Garden Ornament or a Mosaic Terra Cotta Birdbath.

Or, make something artful out of what grows in your garden. The ever creative Terri Schmit of Wisconsin Gourds will bring plenty of gourds and show you how to do some Wild Weaving or how to make a delightful  "Whimsies" wall hangings from gourd pieces and embellishments.

Shelley Ryan, creator and producer/host of Wisconsin Public Televisions’s "The Wisconsin Gardener" series will also be on hand to lead a fun session Dyeing Silk Scarves with unorthodox materials like leftover wine, weeds, leaves, nails and more.

And there's much more:
  • Learn to do Home Canning from Master Preserver Judy Pincus, 
  • Make a Vermiculture Worm Farm
  • Paint a fun Gourd Birdhouse
  • Learn how to Grow Big on Your Small Spot from CSA farmer Kriss Marion of Circle M Farm, or 
  • Make an elegant Ikebana Tray to hold the bouquets from your flower garden.

See our blog posts on the 2012 Garden Getaway and the 2011 Garden Getaway.

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