Hypertufa workshop offered at Stillwater Public Library for garden enthusiasts

hyper(STILLWATER, OKLA. / June 9, 2014) – Stillwater Public Library, Multi Arts and Lowe’s are partnering to host a “Hypertufa How-To” workshop on Saturday, June 28, from 1:30-4 p.m. In this hands-on class, participants will learn how to create lightweight gardening containers and will take home several creations that they start at the program.  The class will be held at the Multi Arts Center at 1001 S Duck St. next to the library.

“Hypertufa is an environmentally friendly mixture of three simple ingredients,” said Andrea Duncan, adult services librarian and class instructor. “It is used to make light, inexpensive garden crafts and accessories.”

According to Duncan, the mix can be used to make everything from planting containers and troughs to stepping stones and birdbaths.

“Hypertufa is really quite versatile,” said Duncan. “It can be free-form sculpted, hand molded, sand-casted or molded in a form. It can be carved and colored or mosaic pieces can be added to it. It’s just like making mud pies… for adults!”

Participants will learn how to prepare molds for different size containers, mix the hypertufa and create two pots to take home. Because hypertufa requires a curing time, the finished creations will not be ready for several weeks.

Complete instructions for making and curing hypertufa at home will be given to each participant.

“If you are not already using hypertufa in your garden, you will after this program,” said Duncan.  “The items you can create are cheap, stand-up in terrible weather conditions and have a vintage, aged look that is very hard to get when you purchase garden decorations. Hypertufa is porous, so it also promotes the growth of moss and lichen to achieve a cottage garden effect.”

Duncan asks participants to dress comfortably and in clothes that can get dirty. Participants are also encouraged to bring safety goggles, a dust mask and rubber gloves, if available.

All other supplies will be provided by Lowe’s of Stillwater.

The workshop is free, but limited to 20 participants, 18 and older. Registration is required and available on the library’s webpage at http://library.stillwater.org or by phone at 405.372.3633 x8106.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).