Wreath Tips and an Award

Members
of the Tweed and District Horticultural
Society got into the Christmas spirit at the November meeting  as Conrad Grohl lead a workshop on wreath
making for the holiday season. Conrad is the former owner of Brighton
Greenhouse and an employee of the Root Cellar in Thomasburg.
Commercially
purchased rings can be used for the base of the wreath. However, Conrad also
uses wooden picture frames…oval, rectangle and square resulting in a very
creative wreath! These wooden frames are sturdier than the metal rings. Wire is
used to attach the greenery to the ring/frame and the wire needs to be tight.
Rope can be used to make a garland…need to wire the greenery around the
rope….garlands take LOTS of greenery!
He
suggested that cedar be placed on the bottom of the wreath frame as it is flat…don’t
forget the two colours on the cedar! A variety of greenery….pine, balsam,
spruce and boxwood add interesting texture to a wreath.
“Bling”
can be purchased at the many dollar stores in the area. He suggested buying supplies
after Christmas when they are on sale and you will have them for the following
year. Spray painting ferns, hydrangea, cone flowers, roadside weeds, pine
cones, and seed pods from lilacs and milkweed can add “bling to a wreath.” Of
course, these items can also be left in their “natural” state for a more
country looking wreath!
Members
were interested to learn the secret of making those gorgeous bows that everyone
loves! Conrad demonstrated his hand-made bow maker to the group…he made it look
so easy to create a gorgeous bow! He suggested purchasing ribbon at Costco
ribbon as it  comes on 60 yard rolls and
the “price can’t be beat” according to Conrad.
Many
members were eager to get started on their Christmas decorating after Conrad’s
presentation. He donated two wreathes to the draw….so two lucky members already
have started their Christmas decorating!!!
Penny
Stewart from the Ontario Horticultural Association spoke briefly at the
meeting. She thanked the members for their hard work in the community. She
presented the group with the “Sowing Seeds” trophy in recognition of the youth
programs the group has been organizing. Members attributed the success of these
programs to the hard work of President Joan Morton.
The
Annual General Meeting was held. The financial report was presented for
approval.
COMING
UP….
November
8 @ 10:30…Children’s Workshop…3-D Snowflake at the library.
November
15…Deadline for Volunteer Hours for December 2013-November 2014…call
613-478-5535 for more information.
December
2 @1pm….Set-up for Christmas dinner at the Library.
December
2 @ 6pm….Christmas Dinner
Celebrate
the Christmas season with members of the Hort Society. Spouses are invited!
There will be a video presentation highlighting the many activities and guest
speakers during 2014! Bring your favourite pot luck dish, plate, cutlery and
wine glass for a fun filled evening!
December
6 @10:00…Children’s Workshop….Christmas
Centrepiece. Children are asked to pre-register at the Library.
December
12…Christmas Luncheon at Club 213 at Loyalist
College.
The creative carving skills of some of the hort members were on display at the November meeting.

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