June 2018 Garden Workshop: A Creative Getaway for the Garden Enthusiast

Experience the beauty of the summer season at this year’s June Garden Workshop. Gardens surrounding the Octagon House provide an inspirational backdrop to learn and create! Gather ideas and information, learn techniques, and create garden-related accessories for yourself or as gifts. Enjoy overnight accommodations or register for the without lodging workshop package.

Friday Evening & Saturday June 22 – 23, 2018



Topics & Projects

  • Growing, maintaining and sharing your garden
  • Seeds and Bulbs ~ How to collect and store for future use
  • A Look at Herbs – various methods of preserving, incorporating in recipes, and use in Companion Planting,
  • Crafting Garden-Themed Art for home and garden accents ~ Ideas in the Work: Birdhouses, Decorated Garden Notebook, Seed Packets and other garden-themed Paper Accessories, Garden Photo Wood Blocks
  • Ideas for your Porch or Outdoor Entertaining ~ shared at meal times

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  • Steve Danielson ~ Landscape designer and installer, constructed all the landscaping that surrounds the Octagon House today. His creative landscape style incorporates integrated gardens with the beauty and ambience of water features including fountains, ponds and streams. His designs often include features such as arches, pergolas, and private sanctuaries or outdoor living spaces. His work is featured in both residential and commercial properties in the Twin Cities, Red Wing and Wisconsin. His home gardens and pond in Maplewood have been featured twice on the Minnesota Water Garden Society tour.
  • Nancy Wilhelmson ~ See “About the Octagon House Proprietress

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Tentative Workshop Schedule (based on final project line-up and weather)

Friday, June 22

  • 5:00 p.m. ~ Hors d’oeuvres on the porch with time to explore some of the gardens
  • 6:15 p.m. ~ Supper catered by Liberty’s Restaurant followed by Demonstration and Project Work

Saturday, June 23

  • 8:30 a.m. ~ Breakfast
  • 9:15 a.m. ~ Demonstration & Project Work
  • 11:15 a.m. ~ Demonstration & Topic Discussion
  • 12:30 p.m. ~ Catered Luncheon in the Garden
  • 1:30 p.m. ~ Demonstration & Topic Discussion
  • 2:00 p.m. ~ Demonstration & Project Work (including time to visit and relax)
  • 4:30 p.m. ~ Workshop Concludes

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Workshop Pricing — includes all taxes

Overnight Package includes:

  • Friday Night Lodging
  • Meals
  • Instruction and all Project Supplies

Single Occupancy – $ 180
Double Occupancy – $160 per person

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Non-Lodging Package includes:

  • All Discussions, Demonstrations, and Projects
  • Meals
  • Instruction and all Project Supplies


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To register, complete the online registration form & submit or call 651-388-6602. A deposit of $50, cash or check only, mailed to Nancy Wilhelmson, The Octagon House B&B, 927 West 3rd Street, Red Wing, MN 55066 will reserve your space. You will be notified of any unanticipated modifications regarding the projects or basic schedule of activities.

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