• San Diegp Botanic Garden Classes

Misti Washington Gourd & Basket Guild


14th Annual Gourd & Basket Weekend in the Garden
May 4 & 5, 2019


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Registration Fee for Garden and guild members is $55 per class.
Non-members Registration Fee is $66 per class.
The total class price includes teacher's material fee.

Garden and Guild Members discount will be added at checkout.


Class sizes are limited.
Registration is complete only upon payment of fees.
Once you have registered, you may not change to another class.
Should the instructor cancel your class, your full payment fee will be refunded.

If the student cancels, a processing fee will be deducted from all registration refunds.($15 for one class, $25 for two)
No refunds will be issued after March 31, 2019.
Any cancellations must be in writing and mailed to:
Attn: MWGBG, San Diego Botanic Garden, PO Box 230005, Encinitas, CA 92023.

Check-in 8:00 – 8:45 am

Artisans and vendors 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Classes 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
(Includes I hr. lunch break. Time is at the discretion of the teacher.)

Self-Guided Garden Tour Ongoing

(Time is at your discretion. Self-guided tour takes approximately 45 minutes.)

Saturday – Ecke Building
Teachers’ Marketplace 4:15 – 5:30 pm

Friendship Reception 4:15 – 5:30 pm

Opportunity Drawing Ticket sales end at 1 pm
Winners will be posted by 2 pm on Sunday


Carol Lang: caldesigns@roadrunner.com 760/ 431-1656
Polly Jacobs Giacchina: Pollyjg4@gmail.com 619/ 840-5831
Susan Roberts: windrock77@gmail.com
Grace Swanson: swanson121@cox.net 760/ 805-0434

Additional Information

Lunch information will be on our guild’s website. If you wish to order a lunch, through us, you will need to submit your request to us by April 1st, 2019. Instructions and menu will be on line. baskets-gourds.com/classes. You may bring your own lunch if you wish. Disposable plastic water bottles are not permitted in the Garden. A source of water will be available for refillable bottles.

A Teachers’ Marketplace will be held on Saturday from 4:15 to 5:30 pm at the Ecke building. This is a great opportunity to buy your instructor’s work, kits and materials.

A Friendship Reception will also be held on Saturday from 4:15 to 5:30 pm at the Ecke building. Everyone is welcome. Food and beverages will be served.

An Opportunity Drawing will be held on Sunday and the results will be posted by 2:00 PM at the Opportunity booth. The winning tickets must be presented to claim prizes.

A free self-guided tour of San Diego Botanic Garden may be taken at any time during this weekend.

Classes are held outdoors RAIN or SHINE, so please be prepared. Wear old clothes, a hat and sunscreen

Typical gourd and/or basketry tools which may be needed.
Basketry: Bucket, towel, pencil, sharp scissors, spring-type clothespins or other small clamps, awl, needle-nose pliers, tape measure, spray bottle, notebook.
Gourd: Rubber gloves, pencil, eraser, pot scrubber, grapefruit spoon or other tool to clean inside of gourd, notebook.
Note: Be sure to check tool list for your specific class. If other and/or additional tools are needed for your class, they are listed with each class offering.

Skill Levels
Beginning: Little or no experience with techniques and/or materials
Intermediate: Some experience in the techniques and materials
Advanced: Proficient or have mastered the techniques and materials
All Levels: Class is suitable for any of the above levels

Q. Why Do Some Conventions and Basketry Classes Seem to Cost So Much?
A. Your Gourd and Basket Weekend Committee has been working diligently to put together 2019's Weekend in the Garden. This article is an attempt to briefly describe what the class fee covers and why it differs so greatly among different instructors.

As the reputation of the MWGBG has grown, we have begun to attract teachers of national and international reputation to participate in our Weekend. Many in 2019’s lineup come from great distances; some provide materials such as cedar and birch bark requiring an unbelievable amount of preparation time and effort.
Your registration and materials fees cover such things as cost of materials, their collection, preparation, instruction sheets, tools, and shipping costs, and other supplies that your instructor may provide as well as helping to defray their travel expenses. In an attempt to keep costs down as much as possible, guild members often offer to host out of town instructors. Some of our local instructors charge less, because they do not have food and lodging issues like those from outside of our area; their class fees tend to reflect materials and tools provided by the instructor.

These fees also help pay the Garden for sponsoring the event, the printing and mailing of the post card, staff expenses for processing the registration of students, rental of facilities, set-up time, take-down time and so forth.

To preserve, promote and perpetuate the appreciation of gourd and basket art by providing a supportive, sharing and educational environment

First Sunday of most months from 12:00 – 3:30 p.m. at San Diego Botanic Garden. Check website for information.

Special Events
Guest Speakers
San Diego Fair
San Diego Botanic Garden Events
Library of books, magazines, slides and videos
Mini-Workshops (small fee)
Opportunity to take classes with notable teachers
…And more (See our website)


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