Willow-weaving and Basketmaking Workshops

Ecological, Sustainable and Naturally Beautiful

About Me


About Me About Me
I can still remember the day when my curiosity about basketmaking began – a demonstrator at The Eden Project in Cornwall was showing visitors how to weave some blades of grass into the beginnings of a simple basket. How intriguing! . . . to be able to create something so useful out of something so commonplace . . . ?

When, a few weeks later, I saw an advertisement for willow basketmaking classes I simply had to enroll! From that moment I was hooked. The possibilities for creativity out of, essentially, a pile of sticks were endless and I just had to learn the techniques. I joined the Basketmakers' Association which opened my eyes to the incredible diversity within basketry, both traditional and contemporary, and to the many makers in this country and overseas. That was back in 2002 and since then I have deepened my knowledge through attending as many workshops and courses by as many different basketmakers as I could find or afford! The City Lit College in Covent Garden, West Dean College near Chichester and Westhope Craft College in Shropshire have all provided me with inspirational teachers and teaching. In 2016/17 I completed the City & Guilds course in Basketry at Westhope.

Gaining this qualification gave me the confidence to share my passion with others through teaching and I now run a range of workshops close to my home in Hampshire, as well as adult education classes in Winchester. I hope I can encourage you to join me on one of my workshops so that you too can experience the pleasures of this ancient and sustainable craft. Or if you have someone special in your life who would appreciate attending a workshop, I offer gift vouchers: just drop me a line.

I display and sell my baskets at a handful of garden and Christmas fairs around my home area in Hampshire, including past participation in the annual Hampshire Open Studios event. My upcoming events are listed under Events & Shows.

If you have any questions, or just want to chat about baskets, do get in touch via the Contacts page.

Louise



About My Workshops




My new workshops for Spring/Summer 2020 are now up and running, and take place in my new regular venue, the Ropley Coffee Room in the village of Ropley where I have recently moved.  See WORKSHOPS LOCATION.

I have listened to what previous students have asked for in terms of topics so I hope I have covered all suggestions!  With the exception of the Pet Bed workshop in June, all workshops are suitable for absolute beginners.  

I am always asked whether basketmaking is hard on the hands, and the answer is yes, to some extent!  Certainly some beginners can find that a whole day can be quite tiring on thumbs and fingers, so I have introduced several half-day and evening workshops to lessen the impact!  However, these can be doubled up to form a full day if you wish (charged at the one-day rate, saving £10).   

I generally teach monthly on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Many, but not all, topics are duplicated on different days so hopefully you will find a date and time that suits.

My full range of workshops is listed under WORKSHOPS BY DATE/TOPIC.


Cost

Half-Day and Evening workshops: £35      One-Day Workshops: £60      Two-Day Workshops: £110

If you book two consecutive half-day or half-day+evening workshops the charge will be the same as for a one-day workshop: £60 ( a discount of £10).


How to Book

You can book online by clicking on the topic of your choice and then clicking the READ MORE button which will take you to a page of more information where you can fill in your details in the TICKETS box.  Then click CHECKOUT.    I do not have the facility to take payment online, so upon receipt of your booking I will email you with confirmation and payment details (cheque or bank transfer).


Private Workshops

If you cannot find the topic you would like, do let me know and I can either set one up in the future or run one specially for you.  One-to-one lessons can be arranged also.  Equally if you have a group of friends who like to socialise with a focus, a basketmaking day can be a lot of fun.  I run private workshops either at the Coffee Room or in your home (if you have the space!)   - just get in touch to discuss.


Other Teaching Venues

I also teach regularly at Winchester Adult Education: Peter Symonds College Adult & Higher Education Division, Stoney Lane, Weeke, Winchester, SO22 6DR - 01962 886166 - ahed@psc.ac.uk. If you cannot find a convenient date for any of my Ropley workshops then you might like to see what I have on offer in Winchester: click here.


Talks & Demonstrations

I am happy to give talks about basketmaking, where I bring along lots of examples of baskets, including ones in various stages of construction and talk about how they are made.  If you represent a group who would be interested in this, please get in touch.




Workshops Location


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The Coffee Room
Church Street, Ropley, Hampshire SO24 0DS

My workshops take place next door to my home in the village of Ropley, near Alresford, Hampshire, in a little hall known at the Coffee Room.  On one side is my home, Meadowside, and on the other is the Courtyard Village Shop.  
What could be more convenient!

If you are unfamiliar with Ropley, it is about 10 miles equidistant from Winchester, Alton and Petersfield. It is easily accessed off the A31, the major trunk road from Winchester to Farnham/Guildford.

Directions and parking information are provided with your booking confirmation.


Workshops by date/topic


  • £35.00
  • 06/02/2020 02:00 PM - 06/02/2020 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. Make a simple container suitable for holding any of those pots of herbs you buy in the supermarket - so much nicer than a black plastic pot sitting on your kitchen windowsill! Woven from natural willow and using several traditional basketry techniques, this is a very easy project to complete in half a day - ideal for complete beginners.

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  • £35.00
  • 06/02/2020 07:00 PM - 06/02/2020 10:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

With St Valentin'es Day just around the corner, make a collection of willow hearts for your loved one(s!). Choose your sizes, either little ones to pop in a card or hang from a door knob, or larger ones to accompany a bouquet of flowers, potted plant gift, or just to hang on the wall as a pretty decoration. You could later decorate them with ribbons and dried flowers.

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  • £35.00
  • 07/02/2020 10:00 AM - 07/02/2020 01:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Dispense with unsightly plastic in your garden and make a beautiful willow bird feeder which you can hang from the branch of a tree or on a hook in your garden. The birds will love perching on the side to get to the fat balls inside.

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  • £110.00
  • 08/02/2020 10:00 AM - 09/02/2020 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED - IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST OR TO ASK ABOUT ALTERNATIVE FUTURE DATES PLEASE CONTACT ME. Two-Day Workshop: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February 2020, 10am-5pm each day. On this two-day workshop you will make a traditional round basket with a handle - suitable for just about anything! . . . shopping, gathering garden produce, picnics. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners and those who have a little previous experience.

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  • £35.00
  • 12/03/2020 02:00 PM - 12/03/2020 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

A topical little basket. Using 'random weave', make a little nest basket with a simple cross-over handle. Lovely for displaying mini eggs, egg gathering, or just as a pretty Easter decoration. Depending on your speed of work, you may be able to make more than one during this workshop.

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  • £35.00
  • 12/03/2020 07:00 PM - 12/03/2020 10:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

On this evening workshop you will make a large two-dimensional fish, woven from natural willow. This makes a wonderful statement platter for your dining table for serving or displaying bread, fruit or cheese, or alternatively hang it on your wall as a piece of decorative art. You will be able to make one large fish during this workshop or, if you prefer, several much smaller ones. No previous experience is required - ideal for beginners to willow weaving.

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  • £60.00
  • 13/03/2020 10:00 AM - 13/03/2020 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Get ready for Easter Egg Hunts with this simple Egg Gathering Basket. The quick and easy border and simple handle make this basket very achievable in a day, even if you have never made one before. If, however, you prefer to make it without the handle (or simply run out of time!) it is perfect as a bread basket.

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  • £35.00
  • 13/03/2020 07:00 PM - 13/03/2020 10:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

A topical little basket. Using 'random weave', make a little nest basket with a simple cross-over handle. Lovely for displaying mini eggs, egg gathering, or just as a pretty Easter decoration. Depending on your speed of work, you may be able to make more than one during this workshop.

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  • £110.00
  • 14/03/2020 10:00 AM - 15/03/2020 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Two-Day Workshop: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March 2020, 10am-5pm each day. This is such a useful basket for gardeners, or anyone who carries their hand tools around. The extra-wide base provides stability so it doesn't topple over and the long handle makes the basket easy to grasp with very little bending down!

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  • £35.00
  • 21/05/2020 02:00 PM - 21/05/2020 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

These dragonflies make a lovely addition to your garden, either within the border or in pot, but especially lovely by a pond. They appear to float, waving gently in the breeze. You will be able to make more than one during this workshop - one for you and one for a friend!

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  • £35.00
  • 21/05/2020 07:00 PM - 21/05/2020 10:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Make a wigwam plant support (approx 3ft high) to fit into a patio plant pot, suitable for training clematis or other lightweight climbers. Fast workers may be able to complete two small wigwams during this workshop.

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  • £60.00
  • 22/05/2020 10:00 AM - 22/05/2020 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

These large wigwam plant supports, or obelisks, add height and drama to the garden. Plunge into the border for training climbing beans or flowering climbers for instant effect. You will make at least two large wigwams during this workshop, size to suit. NB: The height and diameter of these wigwams requires a large car to transport them home! You may wish to consider the size you can accommodate in your car before you weave! Max size we can make is approx 24" dia and 7'-8' high, but narrower/shorter may be preferable.

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  • £35.00
  • 22/05/2020 07:00 PM - 22/05/2020 10:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

These dragonflies make a lovely addition to your garden, either within the border or in pot, but especially lovely by a pond. They appear to float, waving gently in the breeze. You will be able to make more than one during this workshop - one for you and one for a friend!

Read More
  • £60.00
  • 23/05/2020 10:00 AM - 23/05/2020 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Weave a charming sweet pea planter - a basket with extending uprights which form the supports for climbing plants such as sweet peas to scramble up.

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  • £60.00
  • 24/05/2020 10:00 AM - 24/05/2020 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

These large wigwam plant supports, or obelisks, add height and drama to the garden. Plunge into the border for training climbing beans or flowering climbers for instant effect. You will make at least two large wigwams during this workshop, size to suit. NB: The height and diameter of these wigwams requires a large car to transport them home! You may wish to consider the size you can accommodate in your car before you weave! Max size we can make is approx 24" dia and 7'-8' high, but narrower/shorter may be preferable.

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  • £35.00
  • 11/06/2020 02:00 PM - 11/06/2020 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Weaving a sunflower not only provides you with a lovely decoration for your home or garden, but provides the basic techniques you might later use for weaving a basket. In this workshop you will make at least one flower, depending on your speed of working - perhaps some little daisies too! This is a perfect project for a complete beginner.

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  • £35.00
  • 11/06/2020 07:00 PM - 11/06/2020 10:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Make a simple container suitable for holding any of those pots of herbs you buy in the supermarket - so much nicer than a black plastic pot sitting on your kitchen windowsill! Woven from natural willow and using several traditional basketry techniques, this is a very easy project to complete in an evening workshop - ideal for complete beginners.

Read More
  • £60.00
  • 12/06/2020 10:00 AM - 12/06/2020 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

This is a sweet little basket that is made using traditional basketry techniques - but kept as simple as possible. The quick and easy border, and the single rod handle mean that a complete basket can be whipped up in a day, even by a beginner!

Read More
  • £35.00
  • 12/06/2020 07:00 PM - 12/06/2020 10:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Weaving a sunflower not only provides you with a lovely decoration for your home or garden, but provides the basic techniques you might later use for weaving a basket. In this workshop you will make at least one flower, depending on your speed of working - perhaps some little daisies too! This is a perfect project for a complete beginner.

Read More
  • £110.00
  • 13/06/2020 10:00 AM - 14/06/2020 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Make your favoured pooch the perfect bed to suit them! In this two-day workshop you will make an oval bed with a lowered front for ease of entry. Note: the size will be suitable for a cat or a small dog. Two-Day Workshop: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June 2020, 10am-5pm each day. Suitable for those with some previous experience (see Description below).

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  • £35.00
  • 24/11/2019 02:00 PM - 24/11/2019 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Learn how to weave one or more cute little reindeer to add to your rustic decorations this Christmas. Simple to make, once you know how! - you should be able to make several during this workshop. Pop one or two on the mantelpiece or a window sill, or add to an existing festive scene, or if you can bear to part with them they make lovely gifts. You might like to combine this workshop with the Christmas Trees workshop in the morning or one of the other decorations workshops over this weekend.

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  • £35.00
  • 24/11/2019 10:00 AM - 24/11/2019 01:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Weave yourself a Christmas Tree! You will make one or more Christmas Trees during this workshop, varying the shape to your design. Once at home, decorate with mini baubles, ribbons, place in a pot or hang from a ribbon. However you display them, they bring a simple rustic touch to your festive decorations. You might like to combine this workshop with the Reindeer workshop in the afternoon or one of the other decorations workshops over this weekend.

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  • £35.00
  • 23/11/2019 02:00 PM - 23/11/2019 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

This is a second workshop making stars, although there is no necessity to have attended the previous one - each workshop is a stand-alone. On this workshop we will be creating larger stars which use threading and tying techniques rather than weaving. As before, they make a great Christmas decoration - decorate if you like with lights or greenery (not provided) and hang in a window or on your front door in place of a wreath. If time allows you can also make a string of simple stars, each from one rod of willow. NB: The alternative Stars Workshop takes place on the afternoon of Thursday 21st November or again in the morning of Saturday 23rd just before this workshop. Why not do both?!

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  • £35.00
  • 23/11/2019 10:00 AM - 23/11/2019 01:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED BUT THERE ARE STILL SPACES ON "MORE STARS" IN THE AFTERNOON OF 23rd NOVEMBER. These festive stars make lovely Christmas Decorations. You will make one woven star using a mix of different willow colours for variety, and if time allows you can also make a string of simple stars, each from one rod of willow. NB: There is a second Christmas Stars workshop : More Stars (Saturday 23rd November, afternoon), where a different design of star is made, should you wish to take part in both!

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  • £35.00
  • 22/11/2019 02:00 PM - 22/11/2019 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Weave yourself a Christmas Tree! You will make one or more Christmas Trees during this workshop, varying the shape to your design. Once at home, decorate with mini baubles, ribbons, place in a pot or hang from a ribbon. However you display them, they bring a simple rustic touch to your festive decorations. You might like to combine this workshop with the Reindeer workshop, either immediately before or after this one, or one of the other decorations workshops over this weekend.

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  • £35.00
  • 21/11/2019 07:00 PM - 21/11/2019 10:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Weave yourself a Christmas Tree! You will make one or more Christmas Trees during this workshop, varying the shape to your design. Once at home, decorate with mini baubles, ribbons, place in a pot or hang from a ribbon. However you display them, they bring a simple rustic touch to your festive decorations. You might like to combine this workshop with Stars workshop in the afternoon or one of the other decorations workshops over this weekend.

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  • £35.00
  • 21/11/2019 02:00 PM - 21/11/2019 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. THERE ARE STILL SPACES ON "MORE STARS" WORKSHOP ON THE AFTERNOON OF SATURDAY 23rd NOVEMBER. These festive stars make lovely Christmas Decorations. You will make one woven star using a mix of different willow colours for variety, and if time allows you can also make a string of simple stars, each from one rod of willow. NB: There is a second Christmas Stars workshop : More Stars (Saturday 23rd November, afternoon), where a different design of star is made, should you wish to take part in both!

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  • £60.00
  • 17/10/2019 10:00 AM - 17/10/2019 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

This is a sweet little basket that is made using traditional basketry techniques - but kept as simple as possible. The quick and easy border, and the single rod handle mean that a complete basket can be whipped up in a day, even by a beginner!

Read More
  • £35.00
  • 10/10/2019 02:00 PM - 10/10/2019 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

On this half-day workshop you will make a large two-dimensional fish, woven from natural willow. This makes a wonderful statement platter for your dining table for serving or displaying bread, fruit or cheese, or alternatively hang it on your wall as a piece of decorative art. You will be able to make one large fish during this workshop or, if you prefer, several much smaller ones. No previous experience is required - ideal for beginners to willow weaving.

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  • £35.00
  • 10/10/2019 10:00 AM - 10/10/2019 01:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Catalan platters, also known as tension trays, are one of the simplest yet most effective items to make from willow - ideal for the absolute beginner but equally fun for those with some experience. They can be used for serving bread or cheese, displaying fruit, or (my favoured option) mince pies! On this workshop you will be able to make at least two platters, allowing you to experiment with size and colour of willow.

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  • £35.00
  • 03/10/2019 02:00 PM - 03/10/2019 05:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Dispense with unsightly plastic in your garden and make a beautiful willow bird feeder which you can hang from the branch of a tree or on a hook in your garden. The birds will love perching on the side to get to the fat balls inside.

Read More
  • £35.00
  • 03/10/2019 10:00 AM - 03/10/2019 01:00 PM
  • Ropley Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS

Make a simple container suitable for holding any of those pots of herbs you buy in the supermarket - so much nicer than a black plastic pot sitting on your kitchen windowsill! Woven from natural willow and using several traditional basketry techniques, this is a very easy project to complete in half a day - ideal for complete beginners.

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Events & Shows


Past Events

Title Date Location
Victorian Christmas Fair, Ropley 28 Nov 2019 Parish Hall, Church St, Ropley
Drawn to Craft - exhibition - 21 Nov to 20 Jan 21 Nov 2019 Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin St, Salisbury SP1 3UT
Charity Gift Fair, Crawley 16 Nov 2019 Crawley Village Hall, Nr Winchester, SO21 2PR
Christmas Craft Fair and Coffee & Mince Pie Morning 30 Oct 2019 Chilworth Hall, Chilworth Road, Southampton SO16 7JZ
Real Craft at Charterhouse 26 Oct 2019 Charterhouse, Godalming, Surrey GU7 2DE
Curdridge Country Show 13 Jul 2019 Curdridge Reading Room & Recreation Ground, Reading Room Lane, Curdridge SO32 2HE
Hannington Country Fair 23 Jun 2019 Hannington Village RG26 5TZ
Solent Gardeners Fayre & Craft 02 Jun 2019 Southampton University Playing Fields, Wide Lane, Eastleigh SO50 5PE
Garden Craft Fair 25 Apr 2019 Upper Farm, Down Farm Lane, Headbourne Worthy, Winchester SO23 7LA
Easton Village Christmas Fair 02 Dec 2018 Easton Village Hall, Easton, near Winchester
Inner Wheel Christmas Fair, Chilworth, Southampton 22 Nov 2018 Chilworth Village Hall, Chilworth, Southampton
Charity Gift Fair, Crawley 17 Nov 2018 Crawley Village Hall, Crawley, near Winchester SO21 2PR
Hampshire Open Studios 24 Aug 2018 14 Forest Road, Chandler's Ford SO53 1LZ
Curdridge Country Show 14 Jul 2018 Reading Room Lane, Curdridge, Southampton SO32 2HE
Itchen Abbas Flower Festival 08 Jul 2018 Village Hall, Itchen Abbas, Winchester, UK
Solent Gardeners Fayre & Craft 03 Jun 2018 University of Southampton Playing Fields, Wide Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 5PE
Bishop's Waltham Garden Fair 06 May 2018 Winters Hill Hall, Durley, Hampshire SO32 2AL
Charity Plant Sale & Open Garden 03 May 2018 Little Court, Crawley, Hampshire SO21 2PU

Contact


  • Meadowside, Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 0DS