The workshops are held in the spring and fall (summer is devoted to weddings and during the winter they offer foreign tours). Each workshop includes a fabulous meal with wine along with all the supplies to complete your project. This year I have signed up for four.
The first was this past week -- Autumn Door Arrangement. But before you see the project, let's take a walk around the gardens.
There's something about a garden at the end of season. The flowers are a bit more battered than they were a month or so ago, yet they're still putting on a rather good show.
Certainly the butterflies didn't mind one bit!
Although not fully decked for fall, we saw some wonderful pumpkin arrangements -- I liked this one.
Around the corner, the holly (no doubt to be used in workshops later in November and December) was plentiful and beautiful.
I always love the greenhouse!
I loved the way they included plants in the vintage typewriter.
The statuary in the garden always seems to speak volumes.
They seem to stand guard...
...and reflect both our peace and our sorrows.
We were happy to tell the chickens they were not on our menu that night!
Our dinner was a wonderful beef and rice inside an acorn squash which was delicious, served with a broccoli salad with grapes and cranberries and variegated carrots.
Pumpkin roll was the seasonal dessert.
Then we started stuffing our vessel, a galvanized tin with a flat back, perfect to hang on a wall or door.
Voila! The end result, with my friend Kate!
And, on the door!
My next visit is for "Christmas on a Shoestring," with loads of decorating ideas. Stay tuned!
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