Bamboo Trellis Workshop (Sold Out)
With its massive canes swaying in the wind, Blithewold’s spectacular Bamboo Grove (Phyllostachys aureosulcata) has long fascinated visitors. But beyond its ornamental and aesthetic value, bamboo is a highly functional, strong, and environmentally sustainable building material.
Our Grounds Manager, Fred Perry, has years of experience harvesting the stalks and constructing unique bamboo vine supports, trellises, and pergolas for the gardens. In this workshop, Fred will give a brief history of the bamboo plant, discuss its creative applications in the garden, and highlight popular trellis and support designs. After Fred has demonstrated stalk preparation, fastening techniques, and the trellis building process, you will get the opportunity to build your own trellis out of bamboo harvested from Blithewold’s grove.
All materials will be provided.
This class is full.
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