Create something new for your home or garden at Garden Expo this year with one of many hands-on workshops.

Workshop fee includes instruction and supplies. Workshop attendees must purchase admission tickets separately.

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2010 Garden Expo Hands-On Workshops

Check back in November for a list of 2011 hands-on workshops.

Nancy's Meadow Herbs, Nancy Momsen Hand-Crafted Herbal Seasoning
Nancy Momsen / Nancy’s Meadow Herbs

Take your fresh herbs and garden harvest to the table. Learn how to design, hand-blend, and use herbs and spices to create original seasonings. Use your creativity to take home five unique spice blends: Bouquet Garni, Herbes de Provence, Fines Herbes, South of the Border and a salt substitute. (1 hr.) $15 per person; limit 20

Friday, February 12 at 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 14 at 10:30 am

Price: $15.00

Aromatherapy for the Home, Bath and Body
Nancy Momsen / Nancy’s Meadow Herbs

Essential oils, a valuable harvest from the garden, truly enhances our lives with products for our bodies and homes. Join us to experience essential oils first hand. Take home a cleaning product, choice of a bath or body scrub, an air freshener, and choice of a body deodorant or massage oil. (1 1/2 hrs.) $25 per person; limit 20

Saturday, February 13 at 3:30 pm – CANCELLED
Sunday, February 14 at 2:30 pm – CANCELLED

Price: $25.00

Mosaic Bird Bath
Judy Sutcliffe / Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts

Want to try a little pique assiette mosaic? That’s the fancy term for using broken crockery for the pretty bits. We’ll supply plenty of pre-broken crockery, and you’ll make a shallow hypertufa bowl, adhere the mosaic and grout it. Come spring, your feathered friends will be delighted with their colorful bath. (3 hrs.) $45 per person; limit 20

Saturday, February 9 at 9:00 am

Price: $45.00

Hypertufa Planter Bowl
Judy Sutcliffe / Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts

Hypertufa means lightweight concrete and it gets that way by using vermiculite, perlite, and/or peat moss as part of the mix. As it ages, it takes on the rugged look of old tufa stone. Have fun making a simple bowl-shaped planter, perfect for Alpines or succulents. If you wish, you can add pebble or twig embellishments. (2 hrs.) $40 per person; limit 20

Sunday, February 14 at 10:30 am

Price: $40.00

Veggie Leaf Casting
Judy Sutcliffe / Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts

It’s winter and the rhubarb patch is still asleep, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn the basics of leaf casting and be ready for summer fun making concrete castings for garden decor, fountains and even indoor art pieces. You’ll turn a collard or cabbage leaf into a pretty leaf tray or bowl that can be left as it is or painted later with colorful acrylics. (2 hrs.) $40 per person; limit 20

Friday, February 12 at 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 14 at 1:30 pm

Price: $40.00

Mosaic Glass Wind Chimes
Denny Berkery / The Vinery

We will help you create a glass-to-glass mosaic and turn it into a beautiful wind chime. No previous skills necessary and we will provide all materials! Pattern ideas will be available. (2 hrs.) $34 per person; limit 24

Saturday, February 13 at 1:30 pm

Price: $34.00

Mosaic Garden Address Stone or Stepping Stone
Denny Berkery / The Vinery

Transform an ordinary paver stone (12 x 12 inches) into either an address stone or beautiful stepping stone. Learn the basics of simple mosaic techniques while creating a beautiful accent piece for your home. All materials and tools provided, including pattern suggestions and numbers. A durable thin-set mortar will be used as a waterproof adhesive. A grouting demo and grout will be provided since grouting cannot be done for 24 hours. (2 hrs.) $39 per person; limit 24

Saturday, February 13 at 9:00 am

Price: $39.00

Mosaic Garden Stake: Glass-to-Glass Mosaic
Denny Berkery / The Vinery

Make a beautiful glass-to-glass mosaic insert for a decorative garden stake. Students will learn the glass-laminating mosaic method to create an artful addition to the garden. Each student will create an 8 1/2-inch circle mosaic. All materials are provided, including the metal garden stake. (2 hrs.) $49 per person; limit 24

Saturday, February 13 at 11:00 am

Price: $49.00

Mosaic Picture Frames: Glass-on-Glass Mosaic – Cancelled
Denny Berkery / The Vinery

Each student will have an 8 x 10 inch blank canvas of glass to create their masterpiece! You will have plenty of help with both technical and design ideas. All skill levels welcome. We will provide all tools and materials. (1 1/2 hrs.) $29 per person; limit 24

Saturday, February 13 at 3:30 pm

Price: $29.00

Scarves to Dye For
Shelley Ryan / Wisconsin Public Television

Create beautifully dyed silk scarves using common garden plants and weeds, as well as grocery store finds such as blueberries, tea and bad wine. Shelley Ryan, host of Wisconsin Public Television’s The Wisconsin Gardener, will guide you through an easy technique that can confidently be repeated at home. The process is simple but scarves take four weeks from start to finish. – Two weeks for initial dying and two weeks to dry. Shelley will walk you through the process. You’ll go home with four dyed scarves – three that you started on your own and one that Shelley started for you. They will be ready in four and two weeks respectively! One of Shelley’s students said. “Unwrapping these scarves after they’ve fermented for two weeks is like unwrapping a Christmas present. Each one is a surprise.” (2 hrs.) $50 per person; limit 15

Saturday, February 13 at 1:30 pm – SOLD OUT

Price: $50.00