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Go Green for the Holidays!

Tis the season!!!!!

Wendy Story of Story Garden & Rooftop Design is here to give you some simple tips to make your holiday green, aromatic and sparkling this season. This a special edition of our quarterly gardening blog to help you get through the holidays!

“With so much to organize- food, gifts, cards, decorations, trees and flowers- the run up to the holidays can be crazy,” says Wendy.

Here are Wendy’s tips for how to simplify your holiday decorating.


Curb or Front Door Appeal

The sensory experience your friends and relatives have as they walk up to your door, either outside your home or inside on your apartment door, is what makes them feel welcome. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a custom-made wreath, here are a few simple ideas from Wendy:

Hang just one large wreath on your door as a feature.

Red Berry

Fragrant Greens

Try a beautiful deep green inviting wreath made up of fragrant greens such as eucalyptus, pine and rosemary. The​ ​farmers​ ​market at​ ​Grand​ ​Army​ ​Plaza has an​ ​amazing​ ​collection​ ​of​ ​evergreens​ ​to​ ​purchase. ​ ​​ ​Greens, which​ ​stay​ ​fresh​ ​for​ ​longer,​ ​include​ ​scotch​ ​pine​ (P.​ ​sylvestris),​ ​balsam​ ​fir​ ​(Abies balsamea),​ ​fraser​ ​fir​ ​(A.​ ​fraser)​ ​and​ ​boxwood​ ​(Buxus).

If you want a modern touch, mix in a few copper sprayed foliage pieces and seed heads for a design that looks rich and festive.

Add sparkle with LED battery operated fairy lights on your wreath.

You​ ​can, ​ ​of​ ​course, ​ ​always​ ​go​ ​fake ​​so​ ​it​ ​lasts​ ​even​ ​longer! ​ Crate​ ​and​ ​Barrel has​ ​some​ ​great​ ​options​ ​this​ ​season. “​I​ ​particularly​ ​like​ ​their​ ​red​ ​berry​ ​wreath, ​​which​ ​would​ ​look​ ​great​ ​on​ ​an entrance door or over a mantle,” says Wendy.


Dress up the Table

Beautify the holiday dining table with fresh flowers and mini fir trees. “You don’t need armfuls of flowers or foliage for striking arrangements,” says Wendy.

Snip foliage from your garden, or if you intend to have one, the base of your Christmas tree, or even scrounge bits from the sellers at the sides of the streets who always have loads of discarded pieces. Then just add a few single flower stems for a simple display.

As an alternative, you can also hang decorations on a long branch suspended just above your table

Fill your home with seasonal plants and bulbs in wonderful winter whites; hyacinth, cyclamen or orchids will all work well.

Deck the Halls!

“Did you know the Greeks and Romans were among the first to bring evergreen boughs indoors in winter?” says Wendy. To them it symbolized​ ​nature​ ​and​ ​the​ ​promise​ ​of spring​ ​when​ ​the​ ​earth​ ​would​ ​be​ ​fresh​ ​and​ ​leafy​ ​again.

To keep the​ ​promise​ ​of spring​ ​alive​ ​in​ ​your​ ​house​ ​​create​ ​lovely​ ​aromas​ ​by​ ​bundling​ ​up​ ​scented​ ​herbs and​ ​foliage. ​ ​​Secure​ ​them​ ​with​ ​a​ ​band​ ​and​ ​ribbon​ ​and​ ​fix​ ​them​ ​to​ ​door​ ​handles or​ ​a​ ​bannister.

Garlands ​look​ ​fabulous​ ​draped​ ​both​ ​inside​ ​and​ ​outside your home or apartment building.​ ​​ ​They​ ​are​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​make​ ​with​ ​lengths​ ​of​ ​pine​ ​boughs​ ​you​ ​can​ ​buy from​ ​your​ ​local​ ​Christmas​ ​tree​ ​seller​ ​or​ ​farmers​ ​market.​ ​​ ​​ ​Attach​ ​ribbons​ ​to​ ​the boughs​ ​at​ ​intervals​ ​and​ ​tie​ ​on​ ​berries,​ ​pieces​ ​of​ ​holly​ ​and​ ​mistletoe​ ​using​ ​floristry wire.​ ​​ ​Wrap​ ​them​ ​around​ ​the​ ​bannister​ ​indoors​ ​or​ ​outside on railings​ ​and​ ​secure.​ ​​ ​Garlands​ ​can also be​ ​used​ ​on​ ​your​ ​dining​ ​table,​ ​over​ ​your​ ​fireplace,​ ​in​ ​fact​ ​anywhere​ ​in​ ​your home!


A Room with a View


Don’t forget about the outside containers on your deck, patio, balcony or garden! Add a dash of color! Keep​ ​those​ ​evergreen​ ​plants​ ​in​ ​place​ ​and​ ​create​ ​unifying​ ​displays​ ​using​ ​just​ ​one variety​ ​of​ ​plant. ​ ​​ ​​Cyclamen, ​ ​heathers, ​ ​hellebores​ ​and​ ​pansies​ ​look​ ​great​ ​when planted​ ​in​ ​mass​ ​in​ ​your​ ​containers​. ​ ​Stick​ ​to​ ​one​ ​color​ ​and​ ​one​ ​variety​ ​for maximum​ ​impact. ​ ​​ ​A​ ​cluster​ ​of​ ​silver​ ​foliage​ ​plants​ ​can​ ​also​ ​look​ ​amazing.


Take​ ​a​ ​look​ ​out​ ​of​ ​your​ ​back​ or front ​windows. ​ ​​ ​What​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​garden/containers​ ​do​ ​you​ ​see​ ​in​ ​the winter​ ​from​ ​your​ ​main​ ​viewing​ ​point? ​ ​​ ​​ ​Focus​ ​some​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​those​ ​areas​ ​with either a ​twig/outdoor​ ​lighting​ ​or​ ​a​ ​fun​ ​sculpture​ ​hanging​ ​from​ ​a​ ​tree. ‘Plant’​ ​a​ ​magical​ ​LED​ ​lit​ ​tree​ ​on​ ​your​ ​balcony/deck​ ​or​ ​in​ ​a​ ​corner​ ​of​ ​the​ ​garden​ ​or​ ​hang festive​ ​string​ ​lights​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​a​ ​different​ ​look​ ​at​ ​this​ ​time​ ​of​ ​year. ​ ​​Have​ ​the​ ​lights on​ ​a​ ​timer​ ​so​ ​they​ ​come​ ​on​ ​each​ ​evening​ ​without​ ​you​ ​having​ ​to​ ​remember. Restoration​ ​Hardware​ ​has​ ​an​ ​amazing​ ​array​ ​of holiday​ ​lights​ ​to​ ​choose​ ​from. “I​ ​particularly​ ​love​ ​these​ ​Northern​ ​Globe​ ​String Lights ​in​ ​gold​ ​which​ ​can​ ​be​ ​used​ ​indoors​ ​or​ ​out”, says Wendy, “they​ ​illuminate​ ​ornamental trees​ ​beautifully​ or​ ​can​ ​be​ ​used​ ​as​ ​shown​ ​here​ ​adding​ ​sparkle​ ​to​ ​a garland”.

Finally, Wendy says,

“Whatever you do this holiday season, bring a piece of the outside into your home this holiday season. Happy Holidays everyone. See you again soon!” #containergardens #beautifulbrooklyn #holidaygardens #storygardenandrooftopdesign #holidayfloraldecorations

This is the holiday special from our quarterly city gardening features from Wendy, come back soon to see how to survive the depths of winter and be ready for spring!!!

**This article written by Team Wilding Woods, originally posted on Team Wilding Woods page.

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