I recently enjoyed my last spring workshop at Southern Exposure.
Our assignment (after lunch, of course) would be to create a garden gate to use inside or out.
We arrived early to take a walk around the farm.
Daffodils were in great abundance...
...and there were even some other floral sightings!
As usual, the bird baths filled with flowers were my favorites.
And of course, there is always a lurker or two on the path. This fellow seemed rather harmless.
Southern Exposure is a beautiful spot to walk in contemplation, with an array of beautiful statues, a bench or two to rest upon and even an arbor -- not yet in bloom but one to watch out for as the green approaches.
Our workshop was Garden Gate.
We started with a model of the demo and various ways it could be changed from season to season.
This indoor-outdoor "gate" came to us pre-made but for one who knows their way around wood, a saw and some paint it would be a matter of measuring six graduated slats and mitering the corners, connecting them and adding a support piece on the back. That would take longer than our workshop, so we were glad it was assembled and painted!
We distressed the slats with a heavy-duty sandpaper and then added a clear coat. The type we used was "low odor" but I would call it "no odor" and would be glad to use it again! Everyone worked with great concentration, yet there was the energy and joy that comes from creating with company that was infectious.
Then we were given several small bottles and a selection of flowers. Bottles were hung on the fence in whatever way we chose.
And then, done!
Of course, there was time for another visit to the gift shop -- and as usual, just walking in was a treat for the senses.
The gardens are open to the public and I suspect I will return this summer to photograph it in its full glory.
Till then I have lovely memories of good company, camaraderie in creation and especially those beautiful flowers.
I must remember to look back at this post next January!
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