Wreathed in greenery

Rose angel in a wreathThe 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.

Berkshire Botanical Garden  wreath elves at workThe 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.

Wreath ingredientsTables 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!!

 BBG MarketplaceIn a tent adjacent to the room, cast off windows, shutters and doors become the staging for the creations.

The Editor's wreath with maple leavesGolden wreath with applesGolden Hops and ribbons wreathLarge 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!

Wreath with a Silver BowWreath with a silver bow and holiday greensA 12” wreath goes from simple to complex using hemlock cones, ilex berries, incense cedar, holly and juniper.

The Editor's scarlet ribbon wreathThe Editor’s imaginative use of scarlet ribbon, birch bark and pinecones and dried maple leaves on the branch and scarlet yarrow makes a striking wreath.

Square Wreath on a Star ShutterSquare 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.

 Traditional Square WreathSimplicity itself is compelling in this more traditional elegant square with white berry clusters, silvery eucalyptus and silvery ribbon.

Square Wreath on EdgeTurning the idea on its edge, this boxwood wreath is full of ilex, juniper, holly, pine cones and eucalyptus, wound through with an open-work gold ribbon from Michael’s Crafts.

BBG holiday saleBy the time you read this, everything will have been sold to foster the wonderful programs and gardens at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.  Kudos to the BBG!


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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One Response to Wreathed in greenery

  1. Alexandra says:

    The angel is so sweet!

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