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Wildflower Workshop on the Swale Barge

Join us at Swale's floating forest barge at the Brooklyn Army Terminal for a wildflower weaving workshop, cocktails, and teas made on-site with flora you forage for yourself!

Established in 2016 by artist Mary Mattingly, Swale is a floating food forest built atop a 5,000-square-foot barge, welcoming the public to harvest herbs, fruits and vegetables for free. Swale strives to strengthen the stewardship of public waterways and land, while working to bring awareness to issues of food insecurity. The Swale barge contains an edible landscape made up of perennial native fruit trees and shrubs, leafy self-seeding annuals and salt loving grasses.
Guests on this very special tour of the Swale floating forest will also enjoy complimentary wine and beer while they participate in a specially curated workshop:

  • WE GATHER's Wildflower Weaving workshop
    Blend the magic of textiles with the delight of the natural plant world. Learn the basic principles of weaving using an alternative frame loom, all while interacting with the wild plant and flora offerings from Swale. Each participant will walk away with a sculptural wildflower wall hanging and small wooden frame loom. All materials are included.
  • Finally, to cap off the event, a member of the Swale team will demonstrate a tea recipe using plants from Swale. Swale tea will also be on offer throughout the event.

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit Swale's educational programs.


WE GATHER is a Brooklyn-based educational textile studio and brand of hand-dyed, handwoven textiles. Whether through thoughtfully and ethically made products made right in the Brooklyn studio, at-home weaving and dyeing kits, or workshops and private events that put the skills directly in your hands, our goal is to bring the magic of textiles to all.


  • There are two separate workshops/tours, each lasting two hours. 
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.


Public Transportation

  • VIA NYC FERRY: Take the NYC Ferry’s South Brooklyn or Rockaway routes to Sunset Park.
  • VIA SUBWAY:  N and R lines to 59th Street in Brooklyn. Exit the subway on 58th Street. Walk west on 58th Street one block toward the elevated expressway and the waterfront. Continue down 58th Street until you arrive at the waterfront.
  • VIA BUS: The B11 stops at 58th Street and 1st Avenue. The waterfront is just a couple minutes walk from here. The B37 Bus stops at 58th Street and 3rd Avenue. Walk west on 58th Street three blocks toward the elevated expressway and the waterfront.


Brooklyn Army Terminal is less than 20 minutes from Manhattan when taking either the Brooklyn Bridge or the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and connecting to the Gowanus Expressway (I-278). Staten Island and New Jersey are each easily accessible from Brooklyn Army Terminal via the nearby Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Travel to JFK International Airport and Long Island is also convenient via the Belt Parkway.


Brooklyn Army Terminal offers free, secure on-site parking. Please park at the Pier 4/NYC Ferry parking lot. Swale is located on Pier 4, right across from the NYC Ferry Sunset Park stop.


Email Lenny Platt at lenny.platt@atlasobscura.com

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