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 is supplemented by willow 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.

1 P1200250Participants working together to make a permanent fence at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre in September 2015.

2 P12002603 P12009034 P12009105 P1210382The 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.

6 P1200251Participants working together to make a small garden border at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre in September 2015.

7 P12002538 P1200262Images above show a little bit of the construction process of the small garden border at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre in September 2015.

10 P12002219 Garden FenceA small garden border at Jodie Goldring’s home

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

12 Finished Hurdle13 P122008814 P1220089The 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. It takes all day for participants to learn the basketry technique of twining to create a willow teepee  that can be taken home to support and protect plants.

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.

p1220416Participants 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.

In 2018 participants braved cooler weather to make a garden cloche out of wild willow at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre. It took most of the day to learn the basketry technique of twining to create the garden cloche, which everyone took home to protect their plants from animals such as rabbits, possums and birds. These charming rustic structures can also provide support to plants that need a little protection from the wind or a place to climb.

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