Fall Workshops at Southern Exposure Gardens
Our Fall 2022 workshop offerings are sure to delight and with 11 different workshops to choose from, fun times are just around the corner. Don’t forget to also check out our fall specialty dining options.
Pictures and descriptions for each workshop are listed below. Don’t despair if a workshop does not currently have a photo. Pictures are updated frequently as demos are completed.
To reserve your seat, click the “Register Now” button located with the workshop of your choice.
All workshops are held at Southern Exposure. (Map and General Info)
Our Fall 2022 Workshop & Specialty Dining options are also available in PDF format.
Please Note: Actual botanicals and other decorative items used will vary depending on availability.
Sales Tax Included in Price
SE-01: Thursday, September 22, 6:30 PM, $95 NEW
My Birdcage has Succulents: Seriously, this is for the birds!
Do you love succulents as much as we do at Southern Exposure? If so, odds are you will love this birdcage turned planter. Succulents are awesome plants as they require little water and can be planted almost anywhere. Birdcage planters make for an effortless way to repurpose an old birdcage … or use a new one to grow your succulents. In this workshop, you will fill your 8” x 8.5” x 13” birdcage with succulents and touches of the fall season to add a charming addition to any room or outdoor space. But first, you will enjoy a mouth-watering meal prepared by our chef.
SE-02: Thursday, September 29, 6:30 PM, $90 NEW
Herb Weaving: Nature’s Tapestry
As the long, lazy days of summer begin to fade into the cooler days of fall, the time arrives to begin preparing the herb garden for its winter slumber. The final harvest can produce an overwhelming number of herbs, leaving you to ponder all the ways in which to use them. This workshop shows you a decorative way to use all of those fragrant garden extras. After taking a stroll through Southern Exposure’s herb garden and collecting a variety of herbs, you will then weave those herbs into an 11” x 14” branch frame and compose a tapestry that only Mother Nature could create. Not only will you have a finished product that is beautiful visually, but one that delights the nose as well. But, before you begin to weave your magic, you will enjoy an inspired meal prepared by our chef.
SE-03: Thursday, October 6, 6:30 PM, $90 NEW
Sunflower Mason Jar: Let your creativity shine!
Let your inner artist out as Jennifer takes you step by step through creating a fall-inspired painted mason jar masterpiece. Zero painting experience is required, so come enjoy an evening of great food, good friends, abundant wine, and an opportunity to leave your cares behind. You will start by enjoying a creative meal prepared by our chef, then let your creativity soar as you paint beautiful sunflowers on your quart-sized, vintage blue mason jar. As your masterpiece dries, you will then take a stroll through the Southern Exposure gardens to collect a small bouquet to add to your finished mason jar.
SE-04: Thursday, October 27, 6:30 PM, $85
Aged Pumpkin Statuary: No carving required!
The arrival of pumpkins means that fall is in full swing and Jennifer’s favorite season of the year has arrived! This workshop pays tribute to fall and that bright orange squash in statuary form. You will age an 8” diameter pumpkin statue and add accents using a dry brush technique to create a delightful fall decoration for any garden. You will have the option to create either an orange or white pumpkin. Enjoy a heart-warming meal prepared by our chef to complete the perfect evening. Please Note: This workshop is occurring at the same date and time as SE-05: MAPLE LEAF CONCRETE DISH. Seats for this workshop are limited so be sure to reserve your seat quickly!
SE-05: Thursday, October 27, 6:30 PM, $95 NEW
Maple Leaf Concrete Dish: Fall touches for home and garden
One of the most breathtaking views here in Michigan is the transformation from summer to fall as the leaves change colors and the trees display spectacular splashes of reds, oranges, and yellows across the landscape. In this workshop, you will paint an 11” concrete maple leaf dish with fall colors to add that extra feel of autumn to any room or outdoor space. You will then add some fall-inspired filler along with a 6” pillar candle. When spring once again blooms, this delightful statuary can then easily be transformed into an enchanting butterfly bath providing a shallow oasis for our delicate-winged friends and attract them to your garden. You will start the evening however, with a delightful dinner prepared by our chef. Please Note: This workshop is occurring at the same date and time as SE-04: AGED PUMPKIN STATUARY. Seats for this workshop are limited so be sure to reserve your seat quickly!
SE-06: Thursday, November 17, 6:30 PM, $90 NEW
Autumn Lights: A Fall inspired lantern display
Nothing is more enchanting at night than the glow of lanterns in the garden. With autumn in full swing, this brushed metal rustic lantern will create just the right mood. Add both live and permanent botanicals, along with a spot of light and you have a captivating addition to your garden or room in your home. Update the display with botanicals for each season and you have a piece that can delight all year long. In this workshop you will create a scene for the fall season and enjoy a magical dinner prepared by our chef. Lantern dimensions are 5 ½”L by 5 ½”W by 12 ¼”H.
RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2:00 PM
SE-07: Sunday, December 4, 2:00 PM, $90 NEW
Fall Wreath Tobacco Basket: Festive holiday decor
Tobacco baskets are a favorite here at Southern Exposure, not only for their history in American farm life but also for the charm they add to any room. Take a relaxing moment to enjoy November’s splendor as you add fall accents to a 10” grapevine wreath. With just a little flair and our easy step-by-step directions, you will turn a variety of fresh and permanent botanicals into a one-of-a-kind wreath that will add a festive touch to this 16” x 16” x 4” vintage tobacco basket. To top the afternoon off, you will enjoy a wonderful meal prepared by our chef.
SE-08: Sunday, November 20, 2:00 PM, $85 NEW
Weeping Angel: A moving addition to any garden or home
Angels have appeared in works of art for centuries and have become not only a fixture in art history, but also as statuary in gardens around the world. These winged figures are viewed in many different lights; as warriors, messengers, and protectors. For garden enthusiasts, angel statuary provides an atmosphere of solace, peace, and beauty in any garden setting. With Christmas just around the corner, angels also add the spirit of the holiday indoors as well. In this workshop, you will create a marble effect using a dry brush technique to an 11” weeping angel statue and enjoy a delightful meal prepared by our chef.
SE-09: Thursday, December 1, 6:30 PM, $95
Classic Log Reindeer: A festive way to utilize natural resources
Don’t be surprised if after seeing your handiwork, Santa offers you a job in his workshop! During the Christmas season, we love seeing reindeer because they are happy reminders that Santa is on his way and adding them to your holiday decorating is a stylish way to get into the spirit. Utilizing the spare windfall of logs collected from the forest floor, you will create a reindeer made of logs, branches and twigs, complete with a red nose. It’s a perfect decoration for your front lawn or porch. You will also enjoy an inventive dinner prepared by our chef to help get your imaginative spirit rolling. Reindeer dimensions are 24”W x 42”H (to top of antlers).
SE-10: Thursday, December 8, 6:30 PM, $95
Holiday Wreath Making: Hospitality begins at your front door!
Fragrant evergreen, pine, and cedar gathered from the farm are woven into a beautiful, hand-wrapped wreath. This seasonal decoration, which can be displayed in different ways, will bring versatility, charm, and warmth to your home. Using an 8” frame, join us as Jennifer leads you through creating this holiday wreath and adding seasonal touches, which you will be proud to share with family and friends as you prepare for the holiday season. But first, you will enjoy a heart-warming meal prepared by our chef.
SE-11: Thursday, December 15, 6:30 PM, $95
Holiday Magic: Adding the final touches for the holidays
“And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care…” This line from Clement Clark Moore’s, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, shares the final touches that were made to the house before retiring and waiting for St. Nick to arrive. In your own preparation for Christmas Eve, join us to create holiday stockings filled with fresh and permanent botanical surprises along with a rustic 12” x 6” x 2” pallet wood hanger to hang the stockings. And as always, you will enjoy a festive meal prepared by our chef.