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Onion den in show garden at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show this week

It's a new month and a new RHS Flower Show! Chatsworth House in Derbyshire hosts this month's RHS Flower Show from 6th-10th June, and one of my large onion-shaped willow dens is making an appearance in a show garden there. 'A Family Garden' has been designed by Amanda Waring of Catfoot Garden Design for CCLA.  Amanda has won gold medals at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2016 and RHS Tatton Park 2014, as well as Best Show garden at Tatton 2014 and a Silver-Gilt Medal at Tatton 2015. This onion den is for sale at 25% off to anyone who...

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See my playhouses at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week

Chelsea discount onion RHS

These three onion-shaped willow dens are on show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London this week. They are in two areas of planting designed for the RHS by Kevin Bownes and Robert Wadman. All three are for sale with a 25% discount on normal prices on the basis that customers will arrange collection from the showground at the end of the show next week-end. They are listed separately on the website.  A further large onion den will be available at the same discount after it has made an appearance in a show garden at the RHS Chatsworth Flower...

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Last playhouse of the season delivered last week.

Last week I delivered the very last playhouse of this season to St Joseph's Specialist School near Cranleigh. The school caters for children with autism who cannot attend mainstream school. They have a very active art department who brought me in to do some willow weaving with some of their pupils this summer and who have raised the funds to buy this onion playhouse.

They are very much a seasonal product. I won't start making more until January 2018 but am happy to take orders for delivery from February.

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Maltings Festival of Crafts - this weekend

Looking forward to the Farnham Maltings Festival of Crafts this week-end. It's always a great show. You can see the complete list of exhibitors here. My stall will be on the stage where I will be running a 1 hour FREE workshop each day making woven willow coasters. To get a place you will need to go to the box office on the morning of the workshop and book there. I suggest you get to the box office as soon as you can after the Festival opens at 10am.

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Workshop at New Ashgate Gallery

On Monday this week I taught for the first time in the beautiful surroundings of the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham. The room we used was not large so it was a select group of four students and we removed some of the paintings from the walls before we started - just in case! We made Catalonian tension trays. It's a really good project for a class because the basic process is straightforward, great fun and very addictive, and there are lots of possibilities for finishing the tray. On Monday one student added a huge flamboyant handle and another used...

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