Willow Fences and Garden Structures

Weaving Garden Fences

Participants learn how to use green waste from pruning the garden to weave a number of decorative yet functional fences in a whole day workshop. Waste materials can be supplmented by willow that is provided by the artist to explore one of the most ancient construction techniques.

Large-scale permanent fences can be created with decorative elements and features added to make each one unique. Small garden borders can be created for decoration as well as function; they stop birds from being destructive and keep the mulch on garden beds! Techniques can be developed further to create movable barriers that can be used as a gate, garden structure or part of an animal pen.

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Participants working together to make a permanent fence at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre in September 2015.

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The permanent fence above was created using a variety of willows collected in the Hepburn Shire. The willow was used green and gradually dried over time, which has had a noticeable impact on the colour of the fence over time.

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Participants working together to make a small garden border at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre in September 2015.

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Images above show a little bit of the construction process of the small garden border at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre in September 2015.

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A small garden border at Jodie Goldring’s home

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Participants working together to make a movable hurdle at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre in September 2015.

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The finished hurdle has been utilised by the Creswick Community Garden where it operates as a screen and plant support.

Weaving Garden Structures

Participants learn how to use locally sourced willow to weave decorative yet functional garden structures. In the morning the basketry technique of twining is used to create a willow teepee or cloche that can be taken home to support and protect plants. In the afternoon willow will also be used to create a border in the community garden using one of the most ancient fence construction techniques.

P1220349The process of weaving a willow teepee is shown at Darley Neighbourhood House, August 2016.

P1220363A participant pictured with her finished willow teepee at Darley Neighbourhood House in August, 2016.

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Participants pictured with their finished willow teepees at Creswick Neighbourhood Centre in September, 2016.

P1230822P1230814P1230825P1230823P1230830P1230840P1230838P1230847P1230843P1230855P1230863P1230858P1230862Another year flies by… and participants at Creswick Neighbourhood Centre make incredible willow teepees at 2 workshops during September 2017. Next year I will have to bring my step ladder!

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