Creating garden features with living willows in Kerry

Weaving living willows into a garden feature is the theme of a workshop with Medical Herbalist Christine Best and Cathy Eastman on February 15th.
Participants will cut the rods in Christine’s garden at An Paircin Clinic of Herbal Medicine at Stacksmountain, Kilflynn, Tralee, Co Kerry.
They will be shown how to weave them into a feature while allowing the willow to take root and grow.
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You will need to bring along gardening gloves and secateurs if you have them (there will be some spare ones if not) and outdoor clothing and wellies are essential!
To book a place email Christine at or phone her at Tel: 066-7132461  or  086-1939217   See
The fee for the workshop, which runs from 1pm to 5pm is €40
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Tai Chi exercise

Tai Chi exercise

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