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Spring 2018 Workshops at Southern Exposure

Southern Exposure is offering 38 exciting on-site workshops during the Spring 2018 season, which begins on April 4 and continues until June 1. You'll find 15 brand new workshops for your enjoyment, plus many of your spring favorites! And remember: Almost all of our workshops include a delicious meal as part of the price, giving you a two-for-one value! Click here now for the full schedule.

All workshops are held on the grounds of Southern Exposure and most run for about two hours. Please register online in advance to assure your spot. Prices include all supplies
(if applicable), any food or beverage, and tax. Click here to register online.

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Explore These New Workshop Choices:

SE-01, Wed., Apr. 4, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW
WOODEN BARN DOOR AND WREATH WITH DINNER: Mixing Up Eras! 
Bring out the rustic elements of a barn with our distressed wood “barn door” complete with iron accents.  This door is perfect for displaying your favorite picture frames, seasonal decor, or a wreath.  You can dress up a shelf, mantel or wall with this unique and versatile decoration idea.  The door measures 18” x 14” wide and comes in a white distressed aged color. There is no bigger trend in interior design than the rustic, out-in-the country look.  You will be reminded of simpler times, our countries heritage, and farm-to-table cuisine.  Chef Elsie will prepare a wonderful farm dinner of yesteryear before creating your barn door and wreath. Register Now!   

SE-02, Thur, Apr. 5, 6:30 p.m., $80 NEW
HUGE SUN FACE GARDEN SCULPTURE: Outdoor Concrete Garden Art
During our last tour to Machu Picchu, we were introduced to the Inca Civilization and saw first-hand their exceptional gift and capacity for building terraces with irrigation systems. The heart of the Inca religion is their worship of the Sun God, Inti.  In honor of the Inca history, culture, and religion, we have replicated an extremely large sun face casting made of concrete. Spend an evening aging your 23“diameter concrete sun face to display in a prominent setting in your garden…or display on a garden wall. This beautiful and time-honored sculpture will adorn your outside landscape all year round.  Chef Elsie will prepare an enchanting Peruvian inspired cuisine like what we enjoyed in Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Register Now

SE-05, Wed., Apr. 11, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW
FRENCH COUNTRY COW with DINNER: A Taste of Provence!
The Provence fields of lavender and bright sunshine are our favorite part of visiting the countryside of France.   The French country style of decorating, using treasured farm animal’s photos, has made an impression as well.  The resulting look is always charming, old-world, and welcoming.  Quality animal art fits well in both  a country home and elegant, old chateaux.  In this workshop, we will be working with a 24” x 14” canvas with a French black and white cow.  Using small stringed rice lighting, you will illuminate the back of the canvas to create a beautiful work of art.  This French country style of decorating with its warm and casual feel will fit beautifully into your home.  Before you create your masterpiece, Chef Elsie will prepare a scrumptious dinner using recipes from the Provence region of France. Register Now

SE-9, Sun., Apr. 15, 1:00 p.m., $80  NEW 
GLASS CLOCHE with FRENCH LUNCHEON: Life and Art Under Glass!   
Cloche is the French word for “bell”.  The original cloches were large bell-shaped jars that the 19th century French market gardeners placed over plants in spring and fall to act a as a portable miniature greenhouse. At one time, these glass jars covered acres of fields outside of Paris that supplied out-of-season vegetables to the city’s households and restaurants. We use cloches at SE throughout the year to display plants, cover cheese on buffets, or display favorites dishes or mementos. One of our many favorites is the cloche display of moss, eggs and spring memorabilia which will be recreated this evening. The large cloche measures 10” round and 15” tall. Chef Elsie will create a magnificent French inspired luncheon before you create this historical and breathtaking project under glass. Register Now

SE-10, Wed., Apr. 18, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW
SEASONAL TWIG WREATH and DINNER: Borrowed Ideas from Nature!
Add an alluring touch to your seasonal home décor with this 22” twig and silk leaf wreath. Your hand-wrapped wreath with branches and permanent botanicals will complement your spring and summer theme charmingly.  Spruce up the look of your front door, window, or the wall behind the mantel for a spring gathering with this decorative wreath. Chef Elsie will prepare a mouthwatering spring dinner to enjoy before you create, design and wrap your beautiful, seasonal wreath which you will appreciate and relish for years to come. Register Now

SE-12, Sat., Apr. 21, 9:00 a.m., $70 NEW
MODERN MOSS BALL PLANTER with BREAKFAST: Airy Palette for Your Plants!
Suspended from string and used as hanging planters, hanging moss ball planters are not only historical planters, but look great anywhere in your home or outside in your garden. We enjoy growing orchids, herbs, and ivy in these centuries old art in which a living planter is fashioned using moss. Spend a morning making a pair of these lovely round planters using forms of freeze dried moss and living botanicals. Chef Elsie will prepare an amazing, satisfying breakfast before designing and fashioning these attractive spheres of green, multipurpose planters. Register Now

SE-14, Sun., Apr. 22, 1:00 p.m., $70 NEW
FRENCH BULLETIN BOARD: Vintage Objects with a Fresh French Twist!
Each year we organize our garden seeds on a framed burlap cork board with jute strings and miniature clothespins.  We will recreate this French inspired memory board using a lightly-distress black frame, a burlap-covered cork board surface, and crisscrossing jute strings with small clothespins. Simply place post cards, photos, messages, lists and more to keep your world clutter-free. Spend an afternoon embellishing your 24” x 19” French Memory Board with old photos, décor, and seed packages.  Seeds represent renewal, life and sustenance. It gives us hope in the depths of winter and keeps us looking forward to Spring. Seeds in this workshop will be our heirloom classics of quinoa, broomcorn, and scarlet runner beans. Chef Elsie will prepare a garden inspired luncheon complete with an array of her favorite dishes using her “seed sprouts” recipes. Register Now

SE-15, Wed., Apr. 25, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW
TIN EMBOSSED MAILBOX PLANTER with FRENCH DINNER: Special Delivery Just for You!
On a recent S.E. French Riverboat tour, we visited the little French village on of Avalon where we saw villagers plant tin mailboxes with plants of lobelia, coleus, painted plant and impatience. We were able to bring this design home for your enjoyment. This charming French inspired 10” x 14” mailbox is beautifully embossed with a bird motif and crafted from metal distressed to perfection. This tin mailbox is perfect for your mail or for keeping your rooms organized. After the planting season, you can use it in your front porch, foyer, office, bathroom, kitchen recipes, or continue using it as a planter!  Enjoy a wonderful French inspired dinner before creating this quaint, whimsical planter. Bon Appetit. Register Now

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Even More New Workshop Choices:

SE-16, Thur., Apr. 26, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW
COOKING WITH HERBS AND DINNER:
A sustainable approach to dining from your garden!
If you want to expand your repertoire in cooking from the garden, then this workshop is for you.  Chef Elsie and the S.E. team will give in-depth discussion and demonstrations on how to bring your garden favorites from the growing patch to the plate.  Recipes, demonstrations, and hands-on preparation will include herbal butters, herbal mustards, appetizers, salads, desserts, grilling and growing herbs and edible flowers. Curtis will share with you his favorite cocktail which includes herbs picked fresh from the garden. Join us for this evening of celebrating the true meaning of farm to table. Chef Elsie will create a wonderful meal you will want to recreate with your family and friends. Bon Appetit. Register Now

SE-18, Sat., Apr. 28, 9:00 a.m., $75  NEW 
PULLEY PLANTER and 18th CENTURY BREAKFAST: New Roles for Old Pieces!
At S.E., we hang our wedding chandelier on an old hay hoist used by farmers in the 1800’s. The inspiration to use pullies in our décor was realized while dining at a small café in Venice.  Old pullies are becoming enormously collectable, but also make charming hanging hooks for lighting and floral displays. Smaller size “water- well” pullies with two buckets attached with roping make astonishing hanging baskets…and can be hung from a ceiling, tree or tall shepherds hook outdoors.  Filled with flowers and seasonal décor, this reproduction pully and tin buckets will be part of your garden décor for seasons to come. Spend a morning stringing, designing, and planting this unique hanging garden. Chef Elsie will prepare an 18th Century style breakfast to commemorate when pullies were used in the daily course of life. Register Now

SE-19, Sat, Apr. 28, 1:00 p.m., $80 NEW
SMALL GARDEN GATE and PLANTER WITH LUNCH: Decorate with Style!    
Much as the eyes are the window to the soul, a garden gate functions as a window into your yard or garden.  We embrace many styles of garden gates here at the farm.  We use them to decorate walls, mantles, to hang pots and pans from, or to direct “people traffic” down our garden paths. In this workshop, we will make a small 30” x 16” garden gate from re-claimed lumber from an old barn, complete with iron embellishments of hinges and a handle. You will plant and hang a container filled with flowers to adorn your new garden gate decoration. Whether you hang, lean, or stand in your garden, this beautiful design is sure to please all year long. Chef Elsie will prepare a Spring Luncheon Feast for your enjoyment before making this charming garden décor.
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SE-24, Sun., May 6, 1:00 p.m., $75 NEW
“DROUGHT SMART” HEART PLANTER: Even the Tin Man Wanted this Heart!
Containers for succulents can range from the unique to the common, rustic to the classic. We enjoy growing hens and chickens at the farm and planting them in a variety of containers to include shoes, chicken feeders and our favorite, a tin heart. Constructed of tin ribbons woven into a heart, this 15” x 14” lattice sculpture is perfect for nesting in hens and chickens for the summer.  This drought resistant heart planter is a creative way to grow these beautiful succulents all year round. Chef Elsie will prepare a wonderful Mediterranean luncheon before planting this decorative heart shaped planter. Register Now

SE-25, Wed., May 9, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW
THREE SMALL OLIVE BUCKET PLANTERS AND TUSCAN DINNER: Sights and Taste of Italy!
On a recent S.E. oversea tour of Italy, we were fortunate to see the beautiful rolling hills and olive groves planted, especially in the Tuscany region. The buckets used to collect olives are interesting in shape and design.  With a touch of rustic charm, these olive buckets are used to gather and wash the fruit (we call them vegetables) during the harvest season. In this workshop, each guest will experience planting three smaller replicas of this bucket that features a slotted, hammered galvanized metal exterior with rust colored trim. The buckets are attached to a 27” rod which you can use to hang on an outside fence or in any room inside your home.  When not utilized as planters, we fill ours with dried lavender, kitchen sponges, or shower soaps.  Enjoy an evening creating an authentic Italian design and enjoy a Tuscan Meal prepared by our Chef Elsie.
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SE-26, Thur., May 10, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW
FOUR BIRDS AND A DINNER: This planter will steal your heart!
Grace your porch or kitchen window sill with our tin planter with bird embellishments.  Bring country charm to any space with this “three pot and four bird silhouettes tin planter” adorned with your favorite kitchen herbs or plants of your choosing.  This planter is perfect for showcasing plants, greenery, or your favorite botanical blooms that will add interest and vibrancy to your indoor or outdoor décor all year long. Each guest will enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Elsie, followed by planting this beautiful and versatile planter with plants selected by Scott. Register Now

SE-30, Wed., May 16, 6:30 p.m., $75 NEW 
LOG PLANTER and FLOWERS with EUROPEAN DINNER: Das Ist Gut!
When it comes to home and garden design, we have always had a penchant for the rustic and traditional.  We appreciate the beauty of natural containers made of stone or logs. In this workshop, you will learn how to make a log container that can be used all year round. Inspired by a small, local tavern on the banks of the Rhine River, and where logs are plentiful and used to hollowed out and made into their incredibly looking window boxes  We instantly knew we had to re-create this design and idea for a workshop here at the farm. You will fill your 10” x 16” log planter to the brim with flowering plants to display on your deck or patio. Chef Elsie will prepare a European dinner for you to enjoy before planting this natural and elegant container. Register Now

Important Note: Our Spring 2018 workshop schedule also includes 23 of your favorite "classic" workshop at Southern Exposure. To read our full schedule for Fall 2018, please click here now. For personal assistance, please call the Southern Exposure office during regular business hours at (269) 962-1255. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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