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Selection of Willow Basketmaking Resources

Willow Cuttings and Plants

Willow Cuttings - Christine Baker of The Dancing Trees (UK)
Several varieties of basketry willows from this basketmaker from England.

Willow Cuttings - Dunbar Gardens (USA)
Katherine Lewis is a willow basketmaker located in the Skagit Valley of Washington State. She has a small farm named Dunbar Gardens where she grows much of the willow used in her baskets. She offers finished baskets, willow basketry supplies, willow basketry workshops and willow basket making demonstrations.

Willow Cuttings and Living Rods - West Wales Willows (UK)
Wide selection of varieties of willow that you can grow for many purposes, including rough and fine basketry. Also many photos for identification and growing tips.

Willow Cuttings - The Willow Bank (UK)
This nursery is able to ship cuttings year round because of the use of cold storage.

Willow Growers - Somerset Levels and Moors (UK)
Based in the Somerset Levels, the heart of the willow industry, PH Coate and Son has been growing 'Withies' and producing wicker baskets and willow products since 1819.

Willow Plants - Heronswood Nursery LTD. (USA)
Willow cultivars available, mostly on-site, from this nursery in Kingston, Washington.

Willow Plants - Bluestem Nursery (USA and Canada)
Willows are sold in the Spring as unrooted 8" cuttings and as plugs (rooted cuttings) which are available throughout the growing season. Willow cuttings are shipped from March 1 to June 15. Willow plugs are shipped throughout the growing season. Willow rods are shipped from approximately mid-March to mid-May. Several varieties have colorful barks as shown on Bluestem Nursery's site. The site also features a lot of informational content on willow cultivation and uses in basketry, environmental sculpture, living willow structures and furniture. There even is an article on the magical properties of "willow water".

Willow Glen Nursery (USA)
Lee Zieke Lee, a willow expert and her husband, Lindsay, own Willow Glen Nursery, 3512 Lost Mile Road, in Decorah, Iowa.

Willow Growing Instruction

Making Willow Cuttings
Explanation by Bonnie Gale in the 1997 American Willow Growers Network Newsletter.

Notes On Planting
Tips on establishing and maintaining a willow bed from The Willow Bank.

Willow Growing Instruction
Tips on how to plant and care for your willow cuttings.

Willow Cultivation Advice
Cultivation instructions and advice for planting living willow garden structures and establishing willow beds. Care and preservation of dried willow sculptures for home and garden from the Dancing Trees gallery of garden art and sculpture in Brooke, Oakham.

Willow Gardening Tips
Planting and growing tips about basket willows. From Dunbar Gardens.

Willow Positioning Guide
West Wales Willow provides this article that will recommend varying "preferred" positions and growing conditions for certain species of willow.

Willow Rods

Cultivated Willow Rods - English Basketry Willows
Brown, white and buff rods in a variety of lengths, both at retail and wholesale prices. Books, patterns, kits, tools and finished baskets by Bonnie Gale.

Musgrove Willows
Established willow growers on the Somerset Levels, UK. Web site features pictures of willow products, willow growing and harvesting.

Additional Willow Resources

American Willow Growers Network
Founded in 1988 by Bonnie Gale this was a network of people with an interest in willow. Network was curtailed in 2008, but back issues of the newsletter are available.

English Hurdle
Willow company in Somerset, England.

Somerset Levels Basket and Craft Centre

Willow Botanical and Common Names

Willow Pool Designs
Steve Fuller and Simone Siegan of Cumbria, England. 

Willow Towers
Learn how to weave a tower for your garden plants.

Willows and Wetlands Visitors Center

Willow Wattles For Stream Conservation

Willow Basketry Subject Index

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