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Learn (or give) the art of mosaic in two workshops

The Secret Garden hosts hands-on mosaic classes in December and January

Paricipants in the Dec. 10 workshop will create a flower mosaic tile, which can be used as a trivet, plaque or garden decor.

Paricipants in the Dec. 10 workshop will create a flower mosaic tile, which can be used as a trivet, plaque or garden decor. Courtesy The Secret Garden

Here’s a chance to create a handmade gift for the garden lover in your life – or perhaps give them the gift of garden creativity? Or treat yourself to some hands-on indoor gardening time while learning a new skill.

The Secret Garden in Elk Grove is offering two garden mosaic workshops – one before and one after New Year’s (when life may not be quite so hectic). Each workshop will be held indoors and is limited to 15 participants.

At 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, make a “Flower Mosaic” with pieces of colorful tile. The finished mosaic can be used as a trivet, plaque or garden art. Workshop fee ($60) includes all materials and instructions during the 90-minute session.

“Discover the mesmerizing art of mosaic tile creation in our upcoming immersive mosaic workshop!” say the hosts. “Unleash your creativity as we guide you through the fundamentals of this ancient craft. Join Jasmine in the craft room for a fun introduction to the art of tile mosaic where you will create this 6-by-6-inch decorative tile using glazed ceramic mosaic pieces.”

Want something a little more challenging? Or to give the workshop experience as a gift? At 11 a.m, Sunday, Jan. 14, The Secret Garden will host a second tile mosaic workshop with a more difficult design. This two-hour workshop ($65) also includes all materials and instruction.

“This is an intermediate design and is great for someone who has taken one of our mosaic classes before, however all are welcome,” say the hosts.

The Secret Garden is located at 8450 West Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. Questions? Call 916-682-6839.

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* Weed, weed, weed! Whack them before they flower.

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