Thursday, March 13, 2014

Get Ready for Spring at Shake Rag Alley's 2014 Garden Getaway

Garden Getaway
March 29 and 30

Whew, at long last. The temperatures are finally warming and the snow is melting. Looks like spring is actually going to happen after all! Which means we'll soon be out in our gardens. Just in time, Shake Rag Alley's annual rite of spring, Garden Getaway, is coming up on March 29th & 30th to get us in the mood.

Lecture Series
This year we've brought back the lecture series with three of our favorite gardening presenters:

  • Gardens of Stone If you garden here in hilly SW Wisconsin you may well have a rock wall somewhere (or if you don't, you probably wish you did). Landscaper John Gishnock of Formecology will tell us how to beautifully incorporate rocks into our landscape...and how to do it right so that retaining wall will last. 
  • Gardening for Drought If you've watched in dismay in recent years as your garden struggled to survive in the dry summers we've had, you'll want to hear what Bob Klebba of Morningwood Farm Nursery has to say.
  • Beginning Gardening If you are new to vegetable gardening (or even if you've been at it for a while) you don't want to miss out on the great tips and pointers for growing well from CSA farmer Kriss Marion of Circle M Market Farm. 

Hands-On Workshops
Choose from sixteen great hands-on workshops creating artful decor for you garden/patio or artful objects from the bounty of your garden. 

Here are some of the terrific things you can do:

Try your hand at bending some willow: 
Learn to work with bent willow from John Schakel, a true master of the craft. Make a Bent Willow Trellis or Gate to add an attractive and functional rustic element to your garden. A total win-win.

Sink your hands into some Portland cement:
Make an adorable Concrete Owl with mosaic features. Or carve your own design into a Hypertufa Slab. Both great one-of-kind decorations for your garden or patio. A bit more on the practical side, you can also make a Hytpertufa Planter or a Mosaic Birdbath.

Create something arty from natural materials:

Make a wonderfully rustic Woodsy Vase using bark, moss and other dried materials. Or how about creating some gourd art for your home. You can learn to Coil on a Gourd or make a fanciful "Whimsies" wall hanging using gourd pieces, beads, wire and yarn.

Make something practical for your garden:
Everybody needs plant markers, right? Make some Polymer Clay Plant Markers that are not only pretty but will stay readable throughout the season. And every garden needs compost, right? Start making compost year-round and indoors(!) when you learn about worm farming and make a bin in the Vermiculture Worm Farm workshop.

And, there are more workshop to choose from. Only a couple more weeks to sign up though (some workshops are already full and others have only a few spots left) don't delay! 

Click here to see the full 2014 Garden Getaway schedule.

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