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No Mow May: Small Baskets from Dandelion Stems

$115.00

Join us to explore the creative possibilities of this humble plant mistakenly considered a “weed”. Learn when, how and where to harvest dandelion stems and other plants like daffodils and rushes, how to process the fibres for weaving and how to make a small functional and artful twined basket.

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  • Date: Wednesday, May 25: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • Location: Innisfree Farm and Botanical Garden, 3636 Trent Road, Royston BC V9N 9R4 (5 km south of Courtenay)
  • Fee: $115 includes vegetarian lunch (optional vegan and/or gluten free available)

Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are one of the first foods of the season for pollinators and almost every part of the plant is edible, including the leaves, the flowers and roots. Not mowing your lawn in May has many benefits including letting wild plants like dandelions thrive by providing nectar for bees and other insects. Additionally, when flowers go to seed, the dried stalks provide a beautiful fibre that can be used to make functional or sculptural baskets. Join us to explore the creative possibilities of this humble plant mistakenly considered a “weed”. Learn when, how and where to harvest dandelion stems and other plants like daffodils and rushes, how to process the fibres for weaving and how to make a small functional and artful twined basket.

Innisfree Farm Directions:

Driving from Comox or Courtenay, drive south towards Union Bay.  At the traffic light in Royston turn right on Royston Road towards Cumberland, pass the railway line, second street on the left.  Innisfree is at the end of Trent road (1/2 Km away), the logo facing the street.

 

About the Artist

Juliana Bedoya, Community Engaged Environmental Artist

Juliana Bedoya currently works in community-engaged environmental art practice respectfully using ancestral skills and traditional knowledge that navigates across cultures. Mainly working with garden trims and invasive plants, her work also aims to support local ecological restoration to foster native ecology. She supports individuals and community groups to establish their own cultural significance through skill sharing, including all stages of ethically harvesting and processing raw plant materials for art-making and environmental art practice.

 

Cancellation Policy:

No refunds if cancellation happens under 1 week before the workshop takes place. Before 1 week, full amount minus 3% transaction fee will be refunded.