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Bittersweet Basket Making

$60

with Rewild Maine

Calendar Next session starts Feb 4, 2023 at 10 am

So-called "Oriental" or round-leafed bittersweet is a creeping vine with inedible berries that is considered invasive in North America. Frustrating to gardeners and arborists, and not readily favored by birds, bittersweet is widely considered a useless bane on wild land. We can use traditional harvesting techniques to tend Asian bittersweet in the wild: harvesting material for baskets while controlling and suppressing future damaging growth.

Learn to make a beautiful basket of invasive round-leafed bittersweet! We'll cover identification, responsible collection, materials processing and storage, and creation, including the basics of stake-and-strand twining and weaving. We'll aim for a round basket about 8" round and 6" tall.

Rewild Maine is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We depend on donations from the community to offer free classes and workshops and we are grateful for your support. Scholarships are available for paid classes on an as-needed basis and nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds. All donations are tax-deductible.

Full Course

Willow Tunnel Weaving

Free

with Tracy Weber

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 23, 2023 at 1 pm

Have you ever admired the willow tunnel at the Arboretum and wondered if you could make your own? Join us for a willow weaving party on Thursday, February 23rd at 1:00. We will be weaving last year's growth back into the tunnel. This is a great opportunity to learn the methods of creating and maintaining a willow tunnel while helping the Arboretum maintain this beautiful attraction.

Bring pruners and stepladders if you have them, a limited number will be available to borrow. Dress for outdoor weather. Group meets outdoors in the Food and Forest Collection (located behind the barn).

Important Needle Leaf Trees

$5

with Maine Primitive Skills School

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 19, 2023 at 3 pm

Hosted in partnership with Maine Primitive Skills School

Learn the use and lore of our needle leaf forests. We’ll explore traditional uses of each species as food, medicine, soil indicator, navigational aid, and more!

This is an outdoor program, class meets on the back lawn behind the Visitor Center. Please come prepared for the elements (weather, insects, etc). 

Fruit Tree Grafting

$80

with Jen Ries

Calendar Next session starts Apr 1, 2023 at 10 am

Viles Arboretum is partnering with Fedco Trees for a Fruit Tree Grafting workshop in Augusta on Saturday, April 1st from 10 am – 2 pm.

Learn to propagate and reproduce favorite apple varieties with instructor Jennifer Ries of Fedco Trees. She will explain how & why to graft and demonstrate the techniques for Whip & Tongue grafting. This is a hands-on class — participants will graft stock to take home and care of seedlings will be discussed.

You will need to purchase a grafting knife in advance of this event!

This is the one you will need:

Right-handed:https://fedcoseeds.com/ogs/folding-grafting-knife-right-handed-8989

Left-handed:https://fedcoseeds.com/ogs/folding-grafting-knife-left-handed-8990

Additionally, please bring a lunch and clothes that can get a bit dirty. Course will run from 10am-2pm.

Cost: $80 which includes 5 fruit trees to take home. This is a great deal!

Class size limited to 10 people to ensure one-on-one coaching with the grafting knife. Sign up early to reserve your spot.

Fee includes instruction and all supplies including rootstock, scionwood and handouts.

Full Course

Traditional uses of Maines Deciduous Trees

$5

with Maine Primitive Skills School

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 2, 2023 at 3 pm

Hosted in partnership with Maine Primitive Skills School

We will identify through bark, branching pattern, buds, and leaves the hidden keepers of traditional foods, medicine, utility, and story.

This is an outdoor program, class meets on the back lawn behind the Visitor Center. Please come prepared for the elements (weather, insects, etc). 

Fruit Tree Pruning

$25

with Hillary Schultz

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 7, 2023 at 10 am

Want to learn how to prune your fruit trees to maximize yield and tree health? Whether you have a single backyard apple tree, or recently became the owner of an entire orchard, trimming your trees is an essential part of encouraging fruit production. 

Join Hillary Schultz for a hands-on learning opportunity in the Heritage Apple Orchard at the Arboretum. All participants will have the opportunity to put their skills to the test on real trees. 

Understanding Bird Language

$5

with Maine Primitive Skills School

Calendar Next available session starts May 7, 2023 at 3 pm

Hosted in partnership with Maine Primitive Skills School

We’re the only species who moves through our environment unresponsive to the communication around us. Discover the meaning of bird interactions with each other, predators, other species.

This is an outdoor program, class meets on the back lawn behind the Visitor Center. Please come prepared for the elements (weather, insects, etc). 

Introduction to Wood Carving
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Introduction to Wood Carving

$30
Calendar Next session starts May 13, 2023 at 10 am

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