Atlanta Kudzu Festival – Kudzu Crafts Workshops, Nature Walks and More!
Eco-A joins Sustainable Lakewood and Atlanta Council Member Carla Smith in hosting the first
Atlanta Kudzu Festival!
Location: Atlanta’s South Bend Park
Date: Saturday, September 24
Eco-A hosts workshops with North Georgia artist and “Kudzu King” Cleve Phillips, who will teach us how to turn troublesome kudzu into practical products and artistic creations. He’ll show us how to make baskets, paper and even candy out of kudzu in three workshops taking place throughout the day. Eco-A will also lead nature walks in South Bend Park, and there will be many more activities including how to remove Kudzu, English ivy and other invasive vines from your trees and yard. Join us for a full day of nature-based education, arts, foods and festivities!
Kudzu crafts workshops and nature walks:
9:00-10:00 AM – Making Baskets from Kudzu – $10. per person
Cleve Phillips shows how to fashion practical baskets and other works of art from Kudzu vines. Kudzu vines already cut and ready to work will be provided. How to harvest your own Kudzu vines will be explained. Cleve will bring some of his own work to show what’s possible. See below for more info about Cleve Phillips.
11:00 AM – noon – Nature Walk, Native Trees and South River Stroll (free)
Eco-A leads a naturalist walk through South Bend Park, featuring a wonderful native forest and two branches of the South River which converge in the park. We’ll learn to identify native trees, and with special guest leader Jackie Echols, Director of South River Watershed Alliance, we’ll also learn much about the amazing South River that originates within a few miles of South Bend Park and then flows on to become the second largest river system on the east coast of North America.
1:00 – 2:00 PM – Making Paper from Kudzu – $10. per person
Let’s reduce the number of trees we cut down by making paper from alternative plant materials, especially invasive species that destroy our native trees and habitats. Cleve Phillips shows us how. Each participant takes home the products they’ve made. Reserve your place now, space is limited.
2:00 – 3:30 PM – Nature Hike to the Great Sycamore Tree (free)
Deep in South Bend Park is an extraordinary sycamore tree, with an unusually large base and great trunk with classic mottled and bright bark. It’s a landmark tree but can be little challenging to reach, so Eco-A naturalists will guide you there, joined by guest leader Terry Sutton of Cascade Springs Forestry. Be prepared to do just a little scrambling and rock hopping along the creek — a great urban hike for the slightly more adventurous. We’ll talk about many natural features of South Bend Park along the way.
3:30 – 4:30 PM – Making Candy from Kudzu – $10. per person
How sweet it is! Yes, there are indeed several ways to make food from Kudzu. Cleve cooks up an easy-to-do candy you can make at home. Enjoy his tasty samples.
To register for Eco-A Kudzu workshops and walks, CLICK HERE to go to the EventBrite Atlanta Kudzu Festival registration page, then click on “tickets.” Questions? please contact us or call 404-862-0118.