June 12, 2013
9:00 amto12:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: This class is full, but we hope you’ll check our schedule for other programs that may be of interest to you.

Tuteurs” from the ancient French word meaning “to train,” are lovely, pyramidal garden structures that have been used through the centuries to train garden vines.  While learning traditional folk-art skills from weaver Susan Perrine using methods that have been handed down from generation to generation, you can create a structure from native twigs that will become a visual and functional centerpiece for your climbing annuals and/or vegetables. 

Often seen in ornamental or knot gardens in pairs, in season they become covered with green leaves – and, if trimmed, resemble topiaries.  Simple materials and skills are all that are needed to create these useful and attractive garden structures.

Susan Perrine, Expert-in-Residence at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from Tuesday-Saturday, June 11-15, is a contemporary fiber artist interested in exploring ancient techniques. During her Gardens residency as part of our celebration of “Trees, Timbers and Traditions,” Susan will create artistic works utilizing and weaving twigs. In addition to offering several classes while at the Gardens, Susan and our visitors will weave a twig tunnel in the traditional-arts area of the Children’s Garden.  To help Susan with this project, visit the Gardens between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14.  To watch her at work, simply come anytime during her residence, except during class times.

Where:    Education Center
Price:       $40 members, $50 nonmembers (includes all materials)