Santa’s workshops

magnolia leaves windowGood things and good fun come from holiday workshops. At the Berkshire Botanical Garden, The Editor led a workshop making charming holiday windows. Branches were wired together to make a four-pane ‘window’ like hanging.

 asymetical window with magnoliaThen the fun part began with the many materials available to decorate the windows. Dried magnolia leaves – don’t you love the rich brown suede reverse side of the leaf? – along with ribbons, cones, berries and other branches.

window with scarlet ribbonRich red burlap ribbon coils around the window frame. Pine cones, tiny birds and curling pieces of birch bark add texture and color to this design.

c Dr. Seuss

c Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” was the inspiration for a workshop led by JJJ for the Memphis (TN) Garden Club.

 Memphis GC Dixon MuseumFormerly the home of a founding member of the Club, the wonderful facilities of the Dixon Museum and Gardens are a wonderful spot in which to hold their workshops. Here are the ‘ingredients’ for a Christmas Grinch decoration: green wire, a bright red ornament with a Carolina Sapphire Cypress.

Adorable Grinch cypressThis could not be more ADORABLE!!! Lucky are the MGC members who made them and took them home.

 Stockings with CareHope you are getting ready to hang your stockings with care……! This is another creation by The Editor.


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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