The Craft Garden
All gardens, large or small, can provide materials for crafts. Some, such as particular dyes, need to be grown deliberately. A list of useful plants will be featured. Opportunities on the day will be to use elegant leaves such as lemon scented geranium, mints and jasmine for printing on silk or linen and dyeing embroidery threads with walnuts and commonly grown herbs. Time can also be given to designing pictures or miniature gardens using dried herb flowers, seeds and seed heads. This will be a day to relax and enjoy the therapeutic benefits or appreciating beauty in simple crafts.
Christina Stapley BSc (Hons) MCPP is now a retired qualified medical herbalist with a degree in Phytotherapy (plant therapy). She has grown some 300 herbs, studied and used them for over 30 years. Her Hampshire garden was featured on television several times. She has written three books on cultivating and using herbs in cookery, fragrant recipes, wines and liqueurs, crafts and home remedies. Christina has also edited and interpreted a 17th century book of cookery and physic recipes.
Please bring with you a pen and paper and suitable clothing footwear as you will spend part of the day outside. The course takes place in an historic building which can be cool, it is advisable to wear warm layers.
Fee & Refreshments
£70 per person, including tuition, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know in advance of any dietary requirements. The Museum café will be open for lunch or alternatively participants can bring their own packed lunch.