What with my recent terrarium book collaboration with Amy Bryant-Aiello , I’m becoming a bit of a nut for combing the ground for beautiful things to add to terrariums, wreaths, and vases, not to mention sandwiches and anything else that seems to merit it. Gleaning is a long-standing tradition in some places and I come from a long line of gleaners on my mother’s side. In case gleaning also flows is your blood – or if you’d just like to explore a craft/art form that gives you license to play with beautiful plants and living materials with your hands – here’s the class for you:
WHAT: Class on creating an autumn wreath or centerpiece from forest gleanings, organized by the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon’s Garden School Program
WHEN: Sunday, November 14, from 10 am to 12:30
WHERE: Garden Fever Nursery, 3433 NE 24th Avenue
COST: $35 (you will take home your hand-made wreath or tabletop arrangement)
Françoise Weeks normally teaches classes out of her own southeast Portland studio but every once in a while, she takes her classes "on the road" and teaches through the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon or other interesting venues. I’ve taken several classes from her at her home studio – and should add that she has become a friend, originally through our shared love of flowers. Her classes are fun and I always learn a lot – and then head home with a gorgeous, long-lasting arrangement or wreath. I highly recommend the experience of taking a class with her. (Here is her complete autumn schedule of classes.)
If you have gleanings from your own woodland or garden explorations – pieces of moss, lichen-encrusted twigs, cones, berries, rose hips, evergreen branches, etc – bring them to the class and find out how they might be incorporated. (A variety of materials will also be provided.) Participants should also bring pruners or floral scissors.