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Willow Garden Obelisk Workshop

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Learn the art of weaving natural plant supports in the Lovely Greens Willow Obelisk Workshop on January 27th, 2024. It includes an introduction to willow and step-by-step guidance on creating a beautiful garden obelisk from scratch.

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Learn to weave willow garden obelisks using locally foraged willow switches. Workshop taught by Tanya Anderson of Lovely Greens and Isle of Man willow legend John Dog Callister.

This workshop will be on Saturday, January 27th, 2024, at 11:30 a.m. Gift vouchers are available upon request.

Willow Garden Obelisk Workshop

If you have ever wanted to know how to create beautiful, handmade plant supports, now is your opportunity. The Lovely Greens Willow Garden Obelisk Workshop begins with an introduction to willow and willow weaving. You’ll then be instructed, step-by-step, how to weave a stunning garden obelisk. Garden obelisks are used outdoors to create a framework for growing climbing plants. You can grow sweet peas on them, clematis, beans, and any other plant that likes to climb. The workshop will take approximately four to five hours, and by the end, you’ll have a finished piece to take home. If you make smaller obelisks like the one shared further below, you may even be able to make two.

A one-year-old obelisk on the far left and two newly woven ones.

About the Willow Garden Obelisk

The willow obelisk you’ll make in the workshop will be approximately five feet tall. The willow switches provided in the workshop may come in various colours, including yellow, red, green, and brown. All colors will fade and darken over time into natural tones of light brown to chocolate. The willow of your obelisk will darken as it dries, leaving you with a beautiful wooden piece to add to your cottage garden. You can use it over the growing year, and by storing it indoors over the winter, it can last for several years.

You can choose to make a tall obelisk or smaller ones.


Further Workshop Information

This workshop is available to book individually or in small groups, with the maximum number of attendees being twenty. This is an adults-only workshop.

On the day, please bring a vehicle that is large enough to transport your DIY garden obelisk home. Ordinary cars with their back seats folded down are fine. Alternatively, contact Tanya ahead of time to discuss other options. Please also bring these items with you to the workshop:

  1. A packed lunch
  2. A large bucket or trug that’s been half-filled with soil or sand. The diameter of the bucket/trug will be the diameter of your garden obelisk.
  3. Pair of sturdy secateurs
Each obelisk is woven inside a large bucket that you bring with you. The wider your bucket, the larger the obelisk can be.

Workshop Venue

We are still finalising the workshop venue but will update this page and email attendees when that information is available.

More Lovely Greens Workshops

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7 reviews for Willow Garden Obelisk Workshop

  1. Sharon Bruce (verified owner)

    Treated Mum (early Mother’s Day pressie) to the ‘willow obelisk workshop’ with Tanya and John Dog – what a lovely day we had! We both thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, found it very interesting, therapeutic and good fun, with a lovely self made garden product at the end of the session. Can’t wait to see our sweet pea seedlings growing up our obelisks this year, very exciting!

  2. Cathy Fargher (verified owner)

    Thoroughly enjoyed learning to make a willow obelisk in this friendly and relaxed setting. Tanya and John Dog made it accessible and fun for beginners like me, with Desi adding his wisdom, too. Now just need to find some willow and get practicing! An ideal opportunity to learn this traditional skill from experts and produce a useful (if slightly wonky 😆) climbing frame for sweet peas, beans, etc

  3. Helen (verified owner)

    Brilliant afternoon. So proud of my work but could not have done it with out Tanya and John. Well organized, all material provided . I am
    Looking forward to the next willow activity. Thank you

  4. sue moore (verified owner)

    I had a fab day making my willow obelisk. Highly recommend this class. Tanya, John dog and Dennis were enthusiastic and very helpful.

  5. Suellen Daniel (verified owner)

    Tanya and John are a great team, so willing to unpack their wealth of knowledge and skill, in such a wonderful manner. Thank you for teaching my husband and I to make our own obelisks.. invaluable thing to know being the avid growers we are. Sue & Dirk

  6. Ravina Talbot (verified owner)

    Great event with John Dog and team, special thanks to Tanya for such an interesting workshop which enabled everyone to go home with a new obelisk for the coming season. 😀

  7. Della Newstead

    Really enjoyable and informative workshop, plenty of assistance offered Highly recommend

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