Set amongst the picturesque hills of the Dorrigo plateau the abundance and beauty of Jenni’s garden inspires. Fresh food, flowers, fragrance abound; while fibre producing plants, the source of raw material and first principle for diverse creativity grow in and around the council approved grey water reed bed system. Symbiotic relationships with the land, plants, animals, reptiles, insects and the local community are interwoven and evolving in a celebration of life.
Passionate about sharing her experience, knowledge and skills on plant fibre use, Jenni conducts classes and weekend workshops at suitable venues in other areas. Imagine taking a walk to harvest sustainably grown plants that will with your energy become the hand-made paper for a book you bind with your own hands. . .. or perhaps a basket woven from the leaves of a collected plant. Maybe a story, moulded from clay, painted and fired in the kiln then composed as a mosaic.
Through utilizing the Earth’s gifts of fibre and clay as mediums of artistic expression and practical applications, Jenni encourages workshop participants of varying ages and abilities to explore their creativity. A process of effective change, creativity is an elegant use of energy. Workshops are conducted from the renovated dairy bales home, studio and small-scale paper mill surrounded by the gardens, enabling up to 12 people at one time to expand their creativity with supportive guidance and access to the extensively equipped studio.
In 2007 this garden was the state individual winner in the inaugural Keep Australia Beautiful / Raine and Horne Sustainable Garden Challenge. To find out more contact Jenni Francis at PO Box 620, Dorrigo 2453, call (02) 66572625 or email email@example.com