Saturday, 30 July 2011

Already Preparations For September Workshop In Full Swing!

Even though September 18th is still a few weeks away, preparations for our Down The Little Garden Path Workshop are well under way. Spaces are beginning to fill up for this September workshop however we do have a few more spaces available. It is advisable to book now to avoid disappointment.

These cold frames are being tweaked, easy to read instructions being worked out and with the 1/124th scale frame standing next to the 1/12th frame, you can see the huge difference in size.

Somewhat less exciting, but just as necessary, is the basic the good old miniature standby of tea for soil, means that tea-bags are being collected and the contents dried out!
We're having an old fashioned compost 'bin' made of posts and chicken wire, so two different sized net is sprayed silver ready to be aged and on the day. Now to create the compost itself.....

Celia & Robin

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Down The Little Garden Path Workshop Photos Revealed..............

At last Robin and I have been able to photograph the 1/12th scale garden for our next workshop project to be held in September.

We will be showing you how to construct a coldframe based on original 1930s plans, a crazy paved pathway, slug eaten hostas and even a compost bin! Different techniques are used for this scene that were not used in the first project.
Lots more photos can be viewed in the Second Garden Project Gallery on the website.
The delightful pansies were supplied by Georgina Steed of The Miniature Garden Centre.

Above you can see the first project from our Over The Little Garden Fence project alongside this next project. Our garden scenes have been designed to stand alone, butt up against an original dolls house or as above, join up to each other.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Over Another Little Garden Fence....

One of the nicest things about organising and running the workshop - was seeing how other enthusiasts took the basic idea in the form of instructions and materials, then made it all their own!!!

Janet has very kindly sent a photo of her 1/24th scale little garden which she put the finishing touches to at home - and it's lovely!!

We're delighted to see how each garden has emerged from those original bits of wood and bags of landscaping ... and the way that personal miniature treasures plus different choices in additional flowers and plants have made them so individual.

We have just finished working on and photographing the 1/12th scale prototype for the next project "Down the Little Garden Path", using some techniques and materials that are different again....... but more of that later.

Monday, 4 July 2011

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT- Waterperry Gardens Is To Be The Venue For Our All Day Workshop!

We are delighted to announce that Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire is to be the venue for our all day workshop on Sunday March 25th 2012.

This all day workshop will take place in the classroom block at Waterperry and will start at 10.30am and finish at 4.30pm. We will be making a unique quirky model of an old fashioned shed and contents. This will not be your old common or garden shed......oh no siree......think old, rusty, well-weathered with oodles of character! The techniques and materials used in this project will be different again from previous workshops eg. the roof will be constructed in such a way that it will take on the appearance of an old rusty corrugated metal roof!
The little shed will of course be set in another part of the back garden of our imaginary old cottage - so you will have to tackle some weeds as well! This project will stand alone or butt onto one of the previous gardens in our workshop series or join on to your existing dolls house - as it is offered in both 1/12th and 1/24th scales.

BOOKING IS NOW OPEN......places are limited so early booking is adviseable to avoid disappointment. A booking form can be downloaded from the website or alternatively please contact either of us (see Contact Details on the website).

WATERPERRY GARDENS is tucked away in Oxfordshire, a tranquil haven for garden lovers everywhere! It is easily accessible from the M40.
It was once the home of a Horticultural College For Ladies, founded in the 1930s by Beatrix Havergal and is steeped in history. It continues to offer horticulture and arts and crafts courses and the world famous beautiful gardens are breathtaking! Below you can see some photos that Robin took last year on one of her many visits.
Visitors do have to pay a fee to view the wonderful gardens, but is well worth it!

The rest of the estate is freely open to the public and you will be able to visit the Saxon Church, Garden Centre, Arts & Crafts Gallery, Barn Gift Shop, Museum Of Country Life and The Pear Tree Teashop!
So well worth a visit in it's own right.

We hope you can come and join us for the day and for full details, please see the website.