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Sat, Dec 16


Cape Elizabeth Community Services

Invasive Bittersweet Baskets

Learn to identify, gather/remove and make a round, twined basket using invasive bittersweet vines.

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Invasive Bittersweet Baskets
Invasive Bittersweet Baskets

Time & Location

Dec 16, 2023, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Cape Elizabeth Community Services, 343 Ocean House Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, 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. 

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 plan for a basket about 8" wide and 6" deep, or as big and great as your skills and time will allow.

Space in this class is limited. Preregistration, along with a paid deposit, is required to reserve a spot in the class. Deposits may be fully refunded in the event of a cancellation a week or more before the class, if the space is filled. Refunds for last-minute cancellations are unfortunately not available. Please plan accordingly. Contact Rewild Maine at (207) 449-7738 or if you have any questions.

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 always available for paid classes on an as-needed basis and nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds. If you need financial assistance, please contact us. All donations are tax-deductible.

Instructor: Zack Rouda

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