Wreaths from the Garden
Gardeners celebrate the beauty and bounty of plants year–round with wreaths for the wall, table, or door. In winter, plants provide decorative evergreen leaves, berries, pods, seed heads, nuts, bark, and cones for making wreaths.
Very little purchased material is needed to make a garden wreath. Even the wreath base can be made from vines or twigs found within steps from your door. Grape, honeysuckle, Virginia creeper, wisteria, and kudzu vines await your coiling skills. Soaking the vines in lukewarm water makes them pliable for shaping.
At a recent wreath making workshop at the Carolina Children’s Garden on the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center, Chanda Cooper, garden nature educator, assisted families in creating grapevine wreaths with a smorgasbord of natural attachments including magnolia leaves and pods, holly leaves and berries, pyracantha boughs with berries, acorn caps, sweet gum balls, bullrush seedheads, pine cones, lotus pods, cotton bolls, and Spanish moss. Each wreath will be as distinctive as the materials available and the imagination and ingenuity of the creator.
Some individuals select a specific theme for their wreath’s attachments, e.g. culinary, fragrant, or leafy green. Ivy, holly, and magnolia leaves are well suited for a leafy green wreath. Rosemary wreaths are both culinary and fragrant.
Most plant parts can be tucked within the coils of the vine base. However, a few tools exist to hold attachments in place: floral tape, floral picks, floral pins, floral wire, and a glue gun.
As family and friends visit for the holidays engage them in making a wreath from your garden to take home to theirs. Homemade garden wreaths make interior and exterior home decorations, ornaments for special occasions, and great gifts in any season.