ON A WILLOW FARM
The Branch Ranch is a unique farm nestled in the rolling hills of Northumberland near the village of Warkworth, Ontario, growing select varieties of basketry willow for basket weaving, garden ornaments, bird feeders, living willow fences, domes, woven trees and tunnels.
ART + NATURE
Workshops taught by Madame Twig I & II are held spring thru early winter. April is Living Willow month, then basketry and garden ornament workshops continue from May until early December. April Living Willow and May Weaving Workshops will be posted later this winter. Special events are also organized once a year featuring international guest instructors.
DIY kits for living willow structures, basketry willow cuttings and rods are available for sale in early spring. Several varieties of willow for basket weaving and sculpture are available all year, sold by the pound, either dried or pre-soaked*.
*pre-soaked willow is only available for pickup at the farm.
THE WILLOW HARVEST TAKES PLACE FROM NOVEMBER THRU MARCH.
Spring workshops will start in April 2019
The new schedule of workshops WILL BE POSTED approximately one month prior to the beginning of each eight week session.
Sessions consist of two or three workshops per week. Classes run from April thru early December. Subscribe to the workshop email list or LIKE us on Facebook to see the schedule as soon as it's posted.
Kits, rods and cuttings Spring 2019
Make baskets, garden ornaments, living willow trees and bird feeders in a workshop.
DOMES, TUNNELS AND FEDGES ON THE FARM
Have you been to a workshop and enjoyed your experience? Please spread the word, we are grateful for your support and enthusiasm for our little willow farm! Please feel free to post a review on Facebook, we welcome your feedback!
MADAME TWIG I & II
Two women with backgrounds in Horticulture and Art on a farm with 20,000 willows. Blending nature and creativity by combining a sustainable, natural medium and an ancient craft, inspired by the beauty of the plants and materials grown and gathered on the farm.
Listen to an interview with Madame Twig - Down the Garden Path Podcast - February 2018
FEATURE ARTICLE IN LE LEIN CREATIF! - March 2018 click here to order a copy
The Toronto Star, Life Section - November 2013 click here to read the story
Inside Belleville - April 28, 2016
Watershed Magazine - Winter 2012, Winter 2013, Winter 2014
Featured on CityLine, CityTV - November 2013