Garden Crafts and Projects
Garden Crafts and Projects

Garden Crafts and Projects

Our current selection of garden crafts and projects for adults for this season at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Day Trip to Saltwater Farm and Swans Island Company

Wednesday, July 26
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Meet in Lincolnville

Join us for an experiential learning trip to visit two gems of the mid coast: Salt Water Farm Cooking School and the Swans Island Company! Meeting at Salt Water Farm in Lincolnville, we’ll enjoy a private tour their beautiful edible gardens and learn how their cooking program inspires and teaches students to prepare simple, nourishing meals using ingredients from their gardens and the surrounding land and sea. We’ll cap of the visit with a freshly-prepared luncheon for our group overlooking Penobscot Bay. Next, we’ll travel the short distance to Swans Island Company for a behind-the-scenes tour showing the processes used to create their gorgeous yarns and handwoven textiles. We’ll learn how many of their yarns are dyed using botanical pigments like indigo and madder root.

Creating Decorative Sugar Flowers

with Patricia Moroz
Thursday, August 3
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

During this fun and relaxed course, each student will learn to create a variety of beautiful and realistic edible sugar flowers, including hydrangeas, daisies and gardenias. These can be used on cakes, cookies, cupcakes and just about any baked goods! Each student will be provided a fresh cake covered with icing and fondant to decorate with flowers they make during the class. No previous experience is required and all tools and materials will be provided. Please bring an apron and wear comfortable clothes!

Introduction to Natural Plant Dyes

with Jen Dunlap
Wednesday, August 23
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Learn some of the basic techniques for creating natural plant dyes, and about the history of natural dying in Maine. See first-hand some common materials and plants grown and foraged from our gardens that can be used for making natural dyes. Cotton muslin fabric will be provided. If you prefer, feel free to bring in a small piece of natural cotton or linen for experimentation.