The Studio at Bowood Farms Offers More Than Your Garden Variety Classes
In a world driven by HGTV and DIY, Bowood Farms has branched out from its home and garden roots to become a true lifestyle destination. Throughout the year, customers flock to its complex—which includes a renovated warehouse and market in the Central West End—to unearth the perfect nature-inspired décor for their homes at Holliday, grab a meal whipped up by its chefs at Café Osage and, in the case of The Studio, jump into hands-on workshops that let their inner designers roam free.
Since opening its doors two years ago, The Studio at Bowood has united artists, horticulturalists, wellness advocates and the public over their shared love of bringing beauty to the world around us. By offering an exciting lineup of affordable classes each month, the venue gives Bowood Farms customers the chance to try something new—and learn something extraordinary—from St. Louis-based instructors.
Workshops inspired by nature, crafted by experts
According to event coordinator Anne Berman, while many of The Studio’s classes focus on traditional garden-related themes like “Creating Your Own Terrarium,” over the course of the month, its topics can run the gamut from healing crystals and herbal tea blending to basket weaving and shibori dyeing.
“Our range of classes not only keeps our customers interested, but it keeps things interesting for us, too,” she says. “We have such a great appreciation for the arts and for creativity, and we’re constantly inspired by the people in our community. Instagram has been such a great resource to find local artists and to stay on top of trends, helping us create classes that keep customers coming back month after month.”
The Studio’s most popular and most frequently offered classes include topics like modern calligraphy, watercoloring and sashiko embroidery, but Bowood also builds its classes around the individual growing seasons. In February, for example, The Studio will host seed-starting workshops to gear up for spring planting and a floral plaster print workshop that lets your creative side bloom.
Another highly anticipated event this season is Bowood Farms’ seminar with naturalist Mark H.X. Glenshaw, who has spent the past 12 years studying great horned owl families in Forest Park.
“Mark’s lectures are wildly popular with our customers,” laughs Berman. “Every time he speaks at Bowood, we run out of chairs!”
A calendar of upcoming events is available on the Bowood Farms website, and all classes and workshops are held on the Bowood campus, located at 4605 Olive St. Aspiring crafters and gardeners who want to sign up for a class—or professional artists looking to host one of their own—are invited to contact The Studio at 314.454.6868.
For Berman, the continued enthusiasm shown by The Studio’s students drives her and the rest of the Bowood team to grow an array of classes that plant the seed for creativity.
“What’s really great about our customers is they’re just so excited to create, and coming to these workshops is a way for them to get inspired and pick up some new skills they might not want to dive into at home without professional guidance. There’s always such a positive, fun energy in the classroom—it’s just incredible!”
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