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Viles Arboretum

Bittersweet Basket Making

with Rewild Maine

$60

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.

  • Session 1: Feb 4th, 2023
    from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Viles Arboretum - Viles Room

207-626-7989

153 Hospital Street
Augusta, ME 04330 Get directions

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