SP20 All About Willows | Building a Living Willow Structure

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Sunday April 26

9:30 AM  –  12:30 PM

All About Willows | Building a Living Willow Structure

Instructor: Sarah Coury

Sunday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$68 Member | $88 Non-member

Limit: 15 students

BREG Elective - 3 Hours


Willow species come in every size, shape, and color from flowering groundcovers suitable for containers, to small garden shrubs with ornamental foliage and colorful stems, to towering trees. The willow genus has tremendous wildlife value and a long history of human use, including basketry, building, medicine-making, and diverse cultural significance. One of the most creative ways to use willows in the landscape is through building woven and living structures. This course will begin with a classroom introduction to willows, then move outdoors to plant a living willow structure in the Arboretum landscape. 

Sarah Coury co-owns Saturnia Farm in Haywood County, which specializes in holistic production of perennials, natives plants and cut flowers. She helps manage several large gardens in Asheville, and formerly worked as a horticulturalist at TNCA. Sarah's background is in wildlife conservation, and her passion is creating multi-use garden spaces that provide both high habitat value for native plants and animals, and the healing qualities of beauty for people.


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