Dry Stone Walling weekend workshops

Free standing and retaining dry stone walls. A two-day course aimed at anyone wishing to gain a greater appreciation of this ancient craft, from gardening enthusiasts or "Do it Yourselfers" through to the professional landscaper.

The course includes:

  • Instructional video introduction
  • History of Dry Stone Walling
  • Full tuition and guidance
  • Slide presentation on various styles and applications for Dry Stone Walling
  • Open discussion advice and access to further information
  • Tools, safety glasses and gloves
  • Certificate on completion
  • Class photo

Full price: $220 per person or $400 per couple
Student numbers strictly limited

For further course information
Geoff Duggan
Landscape Planning Officer
Mount Annan Botanic Garden
Tel: (02) 4634 7916
Mob: 0409 122 951
Fax: (02) 4647 6035
Email: geoff.duggan@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au


Member of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain.

Geoff Duggan is one of only a few dry stone wallers in the world outside Britain to hold U.K. qualifications in practising this craft, passing examinations set by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA). The DSWA is believed to be the only body in the world devoted entirely to this skill and, since its formation in 1968, has seen a dramatic improvement in the state of the craft.

Geoff has been employed by Mount Annan Botanic Garden, the native plant garden of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, since 1987. As Senior Horticulturist, he has been involved in the coordination and development of this new garden, including constructing dry stone retaining walls to provide more focussed garden beds.

In 1995 Geoff was awarded the Friends of The Gardens’ annual Horticultural Scholarship. This gave him the opportunity to travel to Great Britain to gain experience working with different stone, styles and applications, and to attend examinations held by the DSWA. Since his return he regularly conducts training courses in dry stone walling and has recently completed a book on the subject "A Guide to Building Kiama’s dry-stone walls" and is particularly interested in applying the craft as a sculptural medium.

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