Wreaths At Allan Gardens
Monday, October 6, 2014
The Hort Admin

 AN EVERGREEN WREATH—STEP BY STEP 

November 24, 2012 was the day chosen to assemble our three-foot wreath for Allan Gardens. Since the winter of 2009, the Hort has established a tradition of making and donating a wreath to honour our historic connection to Allan Gardens. It is usually hung in the main Palm House as part of the festive flowers and decorations that adorn the gardens for the pleasure of visitors during the Christmas season. Lillian organized the event by gathering the fresh evergreens, ribbon and decorations used to make the wreath, by coordinating the volunteers, and communicating with the Garden’s staff who are always grateful for our gift and who accommodate our work party in the sunny Children’s Conservatory, the last glass house to have been added to the Gardens when it was moved from the U of T. The congenial team of volunteers also included Hilde, Eduardo, Kathy, Barbara, Paive and Jay.

To make a three-foot diameter wreath requires a good amount of fresh material and 5 hours of work, from preparation, assembly and breaks to clean up, for 7 willing pairs of hands, but you can make a scaled-down version for yourself in only a few hours by following our step by step instructions.

Materials needed: At least 3 kinds of evergreen branches for contrast of texture and green colour; some dried material like eucalyptus or branches; ribbon, artificial fruit or other decorations of choice; garden gloves; secateurs; wire cutters; scissors; pliable medium gauge wire. 

If you would like a little hands-on experience next November, sign up for the wreath making team. It is always a fun day.

Kathy Andrachuk, January 2013

Article originally appeared on The Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto (http://www.parkdaletorontohort.com/).
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