2012 June 5 – Hypertufa Workshop

How to Make Hypertufa Plant Containers

A workshop for SGC members

Tuesday, June 5th, 1:30 – 3:30

Hypertufa (pronounced hyper-toofa) was concocted to be used as a substitute for the natural volcanic rock called Tufa used for making Alpine style planting troughs. It is an artificial stone material that is made of several different aggregates and mixed with portland cement. It is much lighter than cement but can still withstand harsh weather conditions. Hypertufa containers appear to be solid rock and yet are deceptively light in weight. They can be easily and inexpensively made at home and can add a touch of elegance to any garden. Learn how to make garden art from hypertufa in Ron Knight’s workshop at Caron Garden.

During this course, taught by Ron Knight, you’ll view samples of hypertufa container shapes and finishes.  Then you’ll have fun making a hypertufa planter of your own design.  You’ll also see a demonstration on how to create hypertufa garden gnomes and giant mushrooms.  The workshop will include handout sheets, coffee or juice, and all materials except those listed below.

Location:  Caron Gardens, 4622 Beaumont Road, Garden Bay, V0N 1S1 (for a printable map and directions, go to:  www3.telus.net/rcknight )

Registration:  Sign up at any SGC meeting and hand in a cheque for $20, made out to “Sechelt Garden Club”.   (Class minimum is 8;  maximum is 18.  If more than 18 register, we will add a morning class on June 5th, providing the minimum is met.)

Please bring:  A mould for your planter (eg. small Rubbermaid container, wood box, styrofoam cooler, solid lamp shade, etc., — no larger than 1 cubic foot); a large plastic garbage bag, rubber gloves, and rainwear if necessary.