Sat, Aug 17|
East End Beach
Bittersweet Removal & Weaving (FREE!)
Join us in our efforts to contain invasive bittersweet along the bike path by the East End Beach in Portland, and then learn to weave a basket!
Time & Location
Aug 17, 2019, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
East End Beach, Eastern Promenade Trail, Portland, ME 04101, USA
About the event
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 a largely 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.
Join us to remove invasive bittersweet from a valued common area: gather it for your own weaving, or help us dispose of it. Afterwards, learn to make a basket! We'll cover identification, responsible collection, materials processing and storage, and creation, including the basics of stake-and-strand twining and weaving. Suggested donation: $5, includes all required tools and materials.
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.