Fungi foraging…

November can be a bleak month of rain, cold and dark nights pulling-in before the sparkle of Christmas makes us forget its winter for a while. But these brief, cool days can be beautiful, crisp and give us time to take notice of things we might otherwise miss – like fungi.

Now, fungi might not be top of your list of things to look out for this autumn, but as keen gardeners our gardens and plants rely completely on an intimate relationship with these strange, fruiting bodies.

If you know exactly what to look for they can also be an extremely tasty addition to the kitchen at this time of year.

So, if you’d like to find out more about fungi or know which ones are delicious and which ones are deadly then join the expert led workshop at Claremont Landscape Garden in Esher, Surrey on Sunday 4th November from 10.30-12.30 to find out more. £10 per adult & £5 per child. Please book in advance on the website.

Willow weaving…

Now, if fungi doesn’t sound like fun to you, then you might like to try willow weaving at Leith Hill Place, instead. This lovely property was the home of the composer Vaughan Williams, as well as the Wedgewood family, and was frequently visited by Charles Darwin. In the autumn the park trees begin to turn gold and orange making it a peaceful and beautiful place to explore in this changing season.

Weaving with willow is always good fun, but once you know the basics you can apply the principals to other plant material in your own garden, from stems and branch tips to grasses and foliage, using it to make wreaths and decorations at home.

The Leith Hill team will be running a willow decorations workshop at the house on Tuesday 13th November. The class will begin with a festive cream-tea and tea/ coffee at 10:30am before you’ll learn how to make elegant willow stars and trees to use as Christmas decorations. The price for this festive workshop is £28. Please book by calling 0344 249 1895 or click here to book online.

Whatever you do this November we hope its creative, calming and cosy – that’s what November’s all about.