You're invited to spend the weekend of April 12-14 learning how to build dry stone walls from expert stone masons. Swedish Hospital's First Hill Campus is getting a new and very special garden - and as part of putting the garden together, local stone experts are teaching an introductory workshop.
Students will learn how to build freestanding fence and retaining dry laid walls using locally available stone. The three-day course will include an hour of class time each morning and six hours each day of hands-on walling time. You'll learn about walling as an art form, and how to create garden features made of stone.
The teachers are Cameron Scott, of Seattle, and Russ Beardsley from Bellingham. Cameron has traveled around North America and Europe to work and study with some of the best stone wallers in the world, including Andy Goldsworthy’s team, Dan Snow and Patrick McAfee. Russ has worked alongside Pat McAfee assisting in previous Stonefest programs at Marenakos, and as a primary instructor in 2012. Russ merges the world of masonry and sculpture in his work, coming from a fine art and sculpture background.
The stone wall students build in the class will be part of the new Carl Linnaeus Tribute & Healing Garden, on Broadway at Cherry St. The grand opening of the garden will be held on May 23rd, on Linnaeus' 306th birthday.
Registration is a bargain at $125 per person for three days of instruction, including lunch, snacks and beverages. To register please contact: [email protected]
To learn more about the new healing garden and its grand opening, you can email Liesl Zappler at liesl.zappler at swedish.org.