August

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August 13 – Drying Flowers & Dried Flower Topiary 

$125/pp or $195 for two 

Sunday, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine Martin

First up! You’ll be greeted at the porch door with a mimosa and take a stroll through a gorgeous French Peasant Garden. By day’s end, you’ll have created your own gorgeous Dried Flower Topiary to take home!

Have your questions about drying flowers prepared! Elaine will be answering questions throughout the day while she gives you some of those hard-to-come-by tips and tricks, gleaned from generations past.

In the garden, you will gather flowers ready to dry to become french everlastings.

In the studio, you’ll learn how to prepare the flowers and arrange them oh-so-artistically to become a pretty swag for you to take home.

Our chef will be creating a lunch inspired by the garden, using edible flowers and herbs.

At last, the grand and gorgeous Dried Flower Topiary. A beautiful “lollipop-shape” Provence-inspired decor for your home. When cared for properly it will last you many seasons.

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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August 27 – 1-Day Workshop: Of Fairies & Flowers

$125pp or $195 for two

Sunday 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine Martin

 

Ok Ok Ok – we listened ! If you missed our Mother’s Day workshop – here you go !

They say the best gift is your time – so, how about this? Grab your Mother. Daughter or friend – and both of you take some time away from busy! You’ll feel lke Fairy Queens !

Gift yourself to a day in the country, just outside of downtown Galt, Cambridge. Feel inspired among French Peasant Gardens and a charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio.

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with a mimosa!

Your day will begin with a tour of our famous French Peasant Gardens. & collect the floral gems for your own Fairy Crown !

Afterwards, we will be making our way back into our Studio space where we will begin the first project of the day – flower crowns! What fun it will be having everyone wear a fairy crown for the rest of the day’s events and photo op’s!

Lunch will lead by our private Chef – a menu inspired by fresh herbs and savoury sweets from the garden. Feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs! Be prepared to forage – he might ask you to grab some herbs from our potted gardens from indoors and outside.

After lunch, we will begin our primary project: a beautiful twig wreath (Fairy Circle) inspired with summer flower ingredients. You will entwine fresh flowers (designed to dry) to become an everlasting wreath for your home.

Before you go home, enjoy some light refreshments and take some time to get those profile picture and instagram-worthy photographs so you can capture these memories and special day.

Connect: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

September

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September 17 – 1-Day Workshop: Harvesting the Garden 

$195 per person

Sunday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Design Gorgeous Garden Treasures in a Vintage Gathering Basket

Includes materials, instruction, workshop and catered lunch.

Are you starting to think about harvesting your garden, bringing it indoors, putting the garden to bed or preparing for the changing of seasons? (Transplanting, dividing, gathering seeds, pruning, etc.)

Have you ever wondered how to preserve and decorate your garden for winter interest (not over pruning and using structures) so that you can continue to cook throughout the autumn and winter months?

How about displaying your harvested herbs, vegetables and flowers as a living centrepiece (potted plants, drying, etc.)? Cooking and entertaining?

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch of our 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio with an herb infused mimosa or tea.

Take a tour of our French Peasant gardens. Have your questions prepared! Elaine will be sharing her secrets of harvesting the garden , passed through her family from one generation to the next.

Enjoy a lunch catered by our very own chef! He will be focusing today’s menu on root vegetables and herbs.

Before going home, you will be making a harvest basket stocked full of dry and fresh plants, herbs, gourds and more in a vintage woven basket that we have lovingly collected in antique markets all summer long.

Connect: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

October

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October 13 to 15 – Weekend Floral Retreat 

Friday to Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

$695 investment before Labour Day ($895 reg. price) 

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine Martin
Limited to 15 students

We are thrilled to announce our very first Weekend Floral Retreat!

Here’s the brief outline to get you excited!

Friday evening:
Happy Hour Reception in the Garden, Introductions, Review of Programme, Tour of Stone Cottage Studio & French Peasant Gardens

Saturday:
Continental Breakfast at our Stone Cottage Studio
Fashion Bouquet Making (several styles)
Catered Lunch (we’ll be foraging herbs for this)
Grand Floral Decorative in hand-crafter French Stone Urn (yours to take home)
Planning for Rose Petal Sculpting

Sunday:
Breakfast at Langdon Hall
Tour of Langdon Hall – focus on Wedding/Event Venue
Back at our Stone Cottage Studio we will Install Rose Petal Paisley Sculpting on outdoor ceremony aisle
Catered Lunch
Design/Instal grand florals for – Pergola, Obelisk, Archway
Professional Photographer session
Happy Hour in the Garden for family & friends

Interested? Connect with Elaine directly to reserve your spot & for hotel recommendations: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

 

From The Potting Shed

October 29 – 1-Day Workshop: Design as Lifestyle

Sunday, 11:00am – 4:00pm

$195 investment 

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine Martin

“How does she do it?!”
Alas! You have asked and we have answered!

For years Elaine has been asked about how she has collected, designed and staged the items in the interior and exterior of her home and business.

How does design become lifestyle? How does gardening tie into interior and exterior design? How can you apply these basic principles to all areas of your life, including your wardrobe?

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with an herb infused mimosa or tea.

Your day will include an in-depth tour of our French Peasant Gardens, where you can get all manner of questions answered. How can design be a lifestyle? Where do you begin?

Hear how the influence from Elaine’s former career in fashion has tied into her garden designs and can be applied to your own.

Learn how to use the elements of space, texture, art selection, colour combination and fabrication to create a timeless and magazine-worthy design.

For the first time ever, get a tour of her whole house – bedrooms and everything! She will share with you helpful hints on how to create warmth and a cozy, joyful atmosphere. Casual yet elegant.

You’ll be covering a lot before lunch!
– How to use small-medium-large spaces
– How to create vignettes (placements of art and antiques)
– Preparing your home and garden for entertaining
– Creating an outdoor living space
– Staples for that timeless fashion wardrobe
– Creating a home that reflects your personality

For lunch, Cleve the chef will prepare for you a garden-to-table inspired menu, with herbs picked from our very own. He’ll share tips on culinary presentation.

After lunch, you will be creating a foraged wreath! Why? One of the best-kept secrets on using Design as Lifestyle is texture, and what better way to apply your skills!

For photographs of our gardens and home, visit our Facebook photo albums: https://www.facebook.com/pg/fromthepottingshed/photos/?tab=albums

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

November

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November 18 – 1 Day Workshop: Ode to Joy! Dried Flowers & Berries

Friday, 11:00am – 2:30pm 

$145 investment

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch 

Instructor: Elaine Martin

Gift yourself to a day in the country, just outside of downtown Galt, Cambridge. Feel inspired among French Peasant Gardens and a charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio.

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with a mimosa!

Your day will begin with a tour of our famous French Peasant Gardens & then we will jump right into the main project of the day – Ode to Joy!

Dried flowers, pomegranates and berries are designed to be a joyful arrangement that will last several seasons – very French Country – You will select your container when you arrive – many are handsome vintage ones $145
 
Lunch will lead by our private Chef – a menu inspired by fresh herbs. Feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs! Be prepared to forage – he might ask you to grab some herbs from our potted gardens! 
 
 

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

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November 18 – 1 Day Workshop: Table Top Dried Flower Christmas Tree

Saturday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125pp or $195 for two

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine Martin

Gift yourself to a day in the country, just outside of downtown Galt, Cambridge. Feel inspired among French Peasant Gardens and a charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio.

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with a mimosa!

Your day will begin with a tour of our famous French Peasant Gardens. Back in the Stone Cottage Studio, you’ll make a sweet little arrangement shaped like a Christmas Tree – with fresh Boxwood (designed to dry) approx 24″ to 26″ tall

& then you’ll adorn it with a roping of Hydrangea, mini roses and lavender – yep !
F A B U L O U S !!!

This is a very interesting technique that the well-seasoned floral enthusiast will most certainly wish to glean!

With the proper care this arrangement can last many seasons!

Lunch will lead by our private Chef – a menu inspired by fresh herbs. Feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs! Be prepared to forage – he might ask you to grab some herbs from our potted gardens! 

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

 
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November 24 – 1 Day Workshop: A Christmas Evergreen Hoop 

Friday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$175 investment

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Gift yourself to a day in the country, just outside of downtown Galt, Cambridge. Feel inspired among French Peasant Gardens and a charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio.

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with a mimosa!

Your day will begin with a tour of our famous French Peasant Gardens – then let’s jump right in and start designing A Christmas “Hoop”.

You’ll design – a handmade wreath of Evergreens, berries, hydrangea & other cool stuff, on a metal hoop !

This is one we are very excited about -and cannot wait to show you this technique !
Lunch will lead by our private Chef – a menu inspired by fresh herbs. Feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs! Be prepared to forage – he might ask you to grab some herbs from our potted gardens!  
Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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November 25 – 1 Day Workshop: Woodland Foraged Wreath

Saturday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125pp or $195 for two 

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Gift yourself to a day in the country, just outside of downtown Galt, Cambridge. Feel inspired among French Peasant Gardens and a charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio.

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with a mimosa!

Your day will begin with a tour of our famous French Peasant Gardens – then we’ll forage to find goodies for our gorgeous Woodland Wreath (foraging the grounds is something our students love!) 

Lunch will lead by our private Chef – a menu inspired by fresh herbs. Feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs! Be prepared to forage – he might ask you to grab some herbs from our potted gardens!  
Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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November 26 – 1 Day Workshop: Evergreen Mantel Spray

Sunday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$175 investment 

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Gift yourself to a day in the country, just outside of downtown Galt, Cambridge. Feel inspired among French Peasant Gardens and a charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio.

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with a mimosa! Your day will begin with a tour of our famous French Peasant Gardens – be ready to ask Elaine all your gardening questions! 

Imagine how gorgeous your home will be for the Holiday Season !

One of our best-selling items at Christmas time – when we make them for delivery – they start at $275 – so this is quite a savngs when you make it yourself ! 

You will be creating your own gorgeous mantlepiece as seen in the photo. First up is gorgeous greenery – all of the season’s best !
Then, decorate your work of art with pomegranates, antique garden roses, berries, pinecones and the like!


This is made cleverly in a hidden water source so it can stay fresh well into the new year (although you may need to freshen up the roses).

 

Lunch will lead by our private Chef – a menu inspired by fresh herbs. Feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs! Be prepared to forage – he might ask you to grab some herbs from our potted gardens!  
 
Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com

December

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December 1 – 1 Day Workshop: Evergreen French Topiary

Friday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$145 investment 

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Gift yourself to a day in the country, just outside of downtown Galt, Cambridge. Feel inspired among French Peasant Gardens and a charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio.

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with a mimosa! Your day will begin with a tour of our famous French Peasant Gardens – be ready to ask Elaine all your gardening questions! 

Imagine how gorgeous your home will be for the Holiday Season with a stunning Evergreen French Topiary set in a vintage cachepot ! 

Lunch will lead by our private Chef – a menu inspired by fresh herbs. Feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs! Be prepared to forage – he might ask you to grab some herbs from our potted gardens!  
 
Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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December 2 – 1 Day Workshop: Worth Repeating – a set of 2 Tabletop Urns 

Saturday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$145 investment (reg. $195)

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Gift yourself to a day in the country, just outside of downtown Galt, Cambridge. Feel inspired among French Peasant Gardens and a charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio.

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with a mimosa! Your day will begin with a tour of our famous French Peasant Gardens – be ready to ask Elaine all your gardening questions! 

This one is so beautiful that it is worth repeating! You will be making two!

First up – select from our variety of hand-crafted stone table-top containers by one of our favourite local artists. In the new year you can transform the arrangement in this container into a spring planter!

Next you’ll start “greening them up” just like our Senior Designers do when creating beautiful wedding florals! The trick is to make them match like twins. You’ll be adding beautiful roses, pinecones, rosehips and other gorgeous flowers.

These handcrafted stone urns make for Charming holiday decor for your christmas dining table, on top of your fireplace mantle, or as hostess gifts during the holidays.

Lunch will lead by our private Chef – a menu inspired by fresh herbs. Feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs! Be prepared to forage – he might ask you to grab some herbs from our potted gardens!  

 
Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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December 3 – 1 Day Workshop: Gorgeous Festive Garlands  

Sunday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$195 investment 

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Gift yourself to a day in the country, just outside of downtown Galt, Cambridge. Feel inspired among French Peasant Gardens and a charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio.

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with a mimosa! Your day will begin with a tour of our famous French Peasant Gardens – be ready to ask Elaine all your gardening questions! 

Don’t let your mantle or railing go bare this holiday season! Adorn it with a Gorgeous Garland specially made by you. This Festive Garland is 10ft in length, however if you require it to be longer let Elaine know prior to the workshop for a special price.

Entwine seasonal foliage designed to dry (so no needles dropping mid-holidays). Including: salal, seeded eucalyptus, magnolia, white pine, noble fir, etc. Add in dried hydrangea, pine cones and the like. Top it off with gorgeous French Ribbons!

Lunch will lead by our private Chef – a menu inspired by fresh herbs. Feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs! Be prepared to forage – he might ask you to grab some herbs from our potted gardens!  

 
Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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December 8 – 1 Day Workshop: Evergreen Window Box 

Friday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$175 investment 

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Gift yourself to a day in the country, just outside of downtown Galt, Cambridge. Feel inspired among French Peasant Gardens and a charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio.

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with a mimosa! Your day will begin with a tour of our famous French Peasant Gardens – be ready to ask Elaine all your gardening questions! 

We will be designing a stunning mixed evergreen window box – a perfect feature to make your home look extra festive during the holiday season – set in a vintage-style box approximately 22 inches long. This piece is great to add to your indoor or outdoor holiday decor, or makes an impressive hostess gift! 

 

Lunch will lead by our private Chef – a menu inspired by fresh herbs. Feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs! Be prepared to forage – he might ask you to grab some herbs from our potted gardens!  

 
Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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December 9 – 1 Day Workshop: Woodland Trio

Saturday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125pp or $195 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Gift yourself to a day in the country, just outside of downtown Galt, Cambridge. Feel inspired among French Peasant Gardens and a charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio.

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with a mimosa! Your day will begin with a tour of our famous French Peasant Gardens – be ready to ask Elaine all your gardening questions! 

They say the best things always comes in threes, including our Woodland Trio Workshop! (back by popular demand from last year!)

Make not one, not two, but three adorable festive decoratives in birch containers, echoing the magical theme of the woods! One is a narrow window box shape and is to be flanked by the other two small cylinders.

Feature seasonal greenery such as pine, oregonia, magnolia and noble fir. Top it off with special treats such as pinecones, a nest with blown quail eggs and rose hips. A festive whimsical, woodsy look that will look terrific on your dining table!

 

Lunch will lead by our private Chef – a menu inspired by fresh herbs. Feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs! Be prepared to forage – he might ask you to grab some herbs from our potted gardens!  

 
Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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December 10 – 1 Day Workshop: Downtown Abbey Christmas

Sunday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$145 investment 

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Gift yourself to a day in the country, just outside of downtown Galt, Cambridge. Feel inspired among French Peasant Gardens and a charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio.

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with a mimosa! Your day will begin with a tour of our famous French Peasant Gardens – be ready to ask Elaine all your gardening questions! 

…so missing Downton Abbey!

In an authentic 1920’s Pressed-glass Compote (yes, you keep this antique to take home!) you will design a beautiful display of evergreens, rosehips, pomegranates, antique garden roses and other gorgeous fresh cut flowers – all in our favourite colour combo, “Red, Coral, Wine” to create a beautiful holiday decorative worthy of a Downton Abbey Set!

This is designed to be freshened up over the festive season as the flowers tire – we will share with you a few of our secret tricks!

Lunch will lead by our private Chef – a menu inspired by fresh herbs. Feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs! Be prepared to forage – he might ask you to grab some herbs from our potted gardens!  

 
Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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December 15 – 1 Day Workshop: Provence Christmas

Friday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$195 investment 

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Gift yourself to a day in the country, just outside of downtown Galt, Cambridge. Feel inspired among French Peasant Gardens and a charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio.

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with a mimosa! Your day will begin with a tour of our famous French Peasant Gardens – be ready to ask Elaine all your gardening questions! 

Oh my…. this is a showstopper. Make it a grand Christmas with this very impressive arrangement in the most beautiful Provence reproduction stone urn – sure to please. 

Lunch will lead by our private Chef – a menu inspired by fresh herbs. Feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs! Be prepared to forage – he might ask you to grab some herbs from our potted gardens!  

 
Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com
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December 16 – 1 Day Workshop: Tiny Treasures

Saturday, 11:00am – 2:30pm

$125pp or $195 for 2 

Includes materials, instruction and catered lunch

Instructor: Elaine

Gift yourself to a day in the country, just outside of downtown Galt, Cambridge. Feel inspired among French Peasant Gardens and a charming 1830’s Stone Cottage Studio.

After your pretty drive up our country laneway, you’ll be greeted on the front porch with a mimosa! Your day will begin with a tour of our famous French Peasant Gardens – be ready to ask Elaine all your gardening questions! 

Get your cameras ready – this one is adorable ! We will teach you how to artfully arrange Tiny Garden Treasures – a bunch of cool little things that you will adore !

Lunch will lead by our private Chef – a menu inspired by fresh herbs. Feel welcome to quiz Elaine on ideas for culinary herbs! Be prepared to forage – he might ask you to grab some herbs from our potted gardens!  

Tickets: elaine@fromthepottingshed.com