WILLOW 

Lee in studioIn 1988 I planted the first willow cuttings here at Willowglen and it seemed then and now that the plants of the genus 'Salix' and I were meant to grow together in this lifetime. The utilitarian notion that a gardener can grow a renewable source for garden fences and plant supports or baskets and sculpture appeals to my German and Dutch heritage. Now after twenty years and hundreds of thousands of sticks later I find myself just as excited about the potential of willow as when I started.

Please contact me by phone or email if you want more information about any of the following:

  • Dried & fresh willow for weaving, trellis & fence work
  • Hardwood cuttings
  • Custom baskets for sale
  • Classes & workshops can be arranged

MATERIAL
I grow 3 acres of cultivated willow - some I harvest each year and they grow to be beautiful straight rods varying in length from 3-8'. These are graded by length and sold by the dry pound ($10/pound - with a discount for over 10 pounds). The number of rods per pound varies with the length of the rods. Larger diameter willow is also available 'green' or dried.

In spring, I also have long rods (6-8') that are held 'green' (as opposed to dried) for use in living willow structures. Prices of these start at $85/bundle of approximately 100 rods. These need to be planted before the end of June (in the upper Midwest). Visit with us concerning planting strategies for this kind of project. These long rods are very difficult and expensive to ship - it's best if we can make arrangements for you to pick them up.
SPECIAL NOTE: I am all sold out of the long 'green' rods for this spring (2013). Our growing season here in Iowa last year was unusually hot and dry. My willow harvest was much shorter than usual, so I had fewer of the long rods available. Sorry, let's hope for better weather here in 2013.


CUTTINGS
Why not start your own willow patch? Hardwood (non-rooted) cuttings are available to get you started. Cuttings are $1.50 each plus shipping, with a minimum of 20 cuttings, please.

Varieties Available for Cuttings:
Salix purpurea 'Green Dicks' - slender rods dry buffy brown
Salix purpurea x daphnoides - dark stems when dry
Salix 'German Basket Willow'
Salix alba 'Britzensis' - orange yellow stems
Salix alba 'Vitellina' - egg yoke yellow stems
Salix 'Belgium Red' - chocolate brown stems when dry
Salix americana
Salix sachalinensis 'Sekka' - Japanese Fantail
Assorted unnamed ornamental pussy willow & native willows

Confused about how to begin? Try Lee's Willow Starter Pack - 5 cuttings of my 4 favorite varieties (S. 'Green Dicks', S. purpurea x daphnoides, S.'German Basket Willow', and S.'Vitellina'), just $30 plus shipping.

Planting instructions are included with orders

Matt's BasketBASKETS
Custom made baskets are available by order. I favor the traditional 'stake & strand' construction which make great garden, shopping and laundry baskets - strong and functional. Prices vary.

WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
Tower ClassWillow Plant Supports & Garden Trellis Classes are available - get a group of friends together and we can arrange a class - either here at Willowglen or at your location. Call for more information and fees.


 


 

Willowglen Gardens

For more than 20 years Willowglen's gardens have grown to support a wide variety of hardy perennial flowers, woody shrubs, and trees. These gardens are a living catalog and serve as a reference and inspiration for Lee & Lindsay in their work. They are open for viewing to those taking a class at Willowglen or visitors during the Northeast Iowa Studio Tour each October.

 
WILLOWGLEN NURSERY
3512 Lost Mile Road • Decorah, Iowa 52101 • 563.735.5570