Willow Weaving: Flower basket course

6th June 2015





Weave a gently curving, elegant basket, ready to pick the lush early summer blooms. This project is a great introduction to willow work. Working step by step, you’ll learn how to select the right materials, techniques for two different weaves, how to make a handle and lots of other skills in shaping and trimming your work.

All courses are suitable for beginners or those with some experience – experienced tutor Jo Hammond will guide you step by step through your project.

Materials and useful handouts are included. Drinks will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch.

NOTE- Willow weaving is moderately hard work and does require a firm grip, and the flexibility to bend over and squat down occasionally.

£55 (£50 for members of Cressing Temple Gardens Friends Group)

Places limited to 12 people. £15 deposit required to secure your place.

To book email

Pests and Diseases workshop at Cressing Temple Barns

Saturday 9th May 2015

10.00am – 1.00pm


Holes in your hostas? Black spots on your tomatoes?



Come and learn more about what is eating leaves and fruit, disfiguring leaves and flowers, or even killing your precious plants.

During the day we will examine the most common pests, diseases and disorders – as well as those that are harmless and beneficial – that might be found in your garden and greenhouse. Discover the clues that will identify problems before moving on to prevention and control.

black spot

We will take a stroll around Cressing Temple to find and see what pests and diseases we can find in the gardens and grounds there and work out what they are and whether or not they need to be eradicated. You are welcome to bring samples of plant problems from home too.

Your tutor for the day will be Jane Palmer. Jane originally trained as a secondary school teacher, teaching in schools in London and Essex, but her real passion was gardening. After obtaining a first class honours degree in horticulture at Writtle College she worked in the gardens at Cressing Temple, is working with a local landscape design business advising on planting schemes and writes articles on horticulture for local publications and organisations. Jane has been a volunteer in the arboretum at Marks Hall for 11 yearsand is planning to return to teaching this September; this time training adults in horticulture. For fun she battles the wildlife in her own 2 acre garden!

The cost of the course will be £35 (£30 for members of the Friends Group), which includes tea/coffee and cakes throughout the morning. To book your place on this course, please email

A deposit of £10 will be required to secure your place on the course.


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