Hypertufa Workshops

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Create rustic, textured containers and cast concrete garden accessories in our new DIY Hypertufa Container Gardening and Concrete Leaves Workshops at Garden Supply Co. Join us and learn all about Hypertufa container gardening in this exciting new two-part workshop series. In class, you will create a DIY planter and decorative concrete garden art leaf that is "green" and environmentally friendly. Once you learn the process, you will be amazed at how easy and fun it is to make lightweight, stone-like containers from just three simple materials.


Hypertufa was developed in the 1930s to replicate the stone troughs that were popular among English gardeners in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The lightweight stand-ins were not only easier to come by, but also easier to transport. Thanks to their porous nature, the pots were ideal for plants needing good drainage. Hypertufa containers are still practical in the garden and simple to create.

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To make a pot, you'll need to fashion a mold from a pair of vessels -- the mixture is poured between them. In class, we'll  experiment with different objects and molds to create unique and personalized containers, created with you in mind. Because the medium captures subtle textures, baskets and leaves can be rendered in "stone," while clean-lined molds offer a sleek, modern look. Found objects, such as the broken china pieces seen here in our container, may be set while the medium is still wet. Hypertufa is not an exact science, which is part of the fun: Every pot has the potential to surprise.

Hypertufa and Concrete Leaves Workshops:

DIY Concrete Leaves Workshop:

Sunday, October 27th from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Fee: $25

In part one of our exciting two-part series, we will be creating large leaf art pieces that will add a decorative flair to your garden or home decor. Use these lightweight, durable designer pieces as accents in your borders or beds, tuck them into container gardens for a touch of whimsy, or display them as a table accent for your next party. Add texture, colorants, or your favorite mementos for a truly personalized touch. The choice is yours.

The $25 class fee for the Concrete Leaf includes light refreshments and materials. Now is a great time to find leaves like hostas, elephant ears, etc. before they disappear into dormancy. If you don't have a leaf from your garden we will have some to choose from.

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Hypertufa Container Garden Workshop

Sunday, October 27th from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Fee: $30

In part two of our exciting two-part workshop series, we will experiment with basic rounded molds to create gorgeous stone-like containers that are both decorative and functional in nature. The finished containers look like antique containers that have been in the garden for years!

The class fee of $30 for the Hypertufa Container includes refreshments and all materials. If you have mementos from your summer vacation like shells, glass, etc., you can bring those to incorporate into your creation.

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Register now for both classes for only $50! Registration for our Hypertufa Workshops is available in person at the garden center, or give us a call at 919-460-7747.

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