The first week of December always finds the talented ‘wreath elves’ of the Berkshire Botanical Garden hard at work on creations for the BBG Holiday Marketplace, held on the first weekend of December. This adorable, insouciant rose angel was the signature ornament this year. Made from a dried white rose, skeletonized leaves, boxwood, and an acorn, it will last long after the wreath has disappeared.
The best workshops always know how to set things up. Easel-backed boards are complete with hook for hanging wreaths in progress. It is a pleasure to come and work in such beautifully organized surroundings.
Tables around the room hold ribbons, trimmings, pods, berries, various evergreens, beautiful (felled by storm-damage) budded branches of magnolia and plus colored branches of cornus. Candyland for designers!!
Large 16″ wreaths like these call out for elaborate creations filled with the bounty of the season. It is fun to see the endless imagination at work to put them together. Each wreath has a tag with the designer’s name. I hope we don’t have to make house calls to repair them!
Square boxwood wreaths were also transformed. Golden hops, freeze-dried and scored limes and another layer of interesting greens transform the basic square. It looks particularly charming on the shutter with its’ star cut-out.