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Make Your Own Wreath…and More!

Kathi Caldwell-Hopper - November 12, 2012

The holidays just aren’t the holidays without a beautiful green wreath on the front door. But how to get that wonderful wreath if you haven’t a clue how to make one but have always wanted to do it yourself?

Spider Web Gardens on Middle Road in Tuftonboro has been helping men and women (and also children!) fashion wreaths, boxwood trees and other objects from greens every late fall, just in time for the Christmas holidays.

“We’ve been offering workshops in wreath making and other things for many years,” says Annette Cram of Spider Web Gardens. “I would say we’ve been doing classes for at least 25 years. The classes are always well attended, especially as the Christmas season approaches.”

The most popular workshops at Spider Web Gardens are those that help visitors make their own wreaths. During the month of November and into December, wreath workshops teach how to make balsam wreaths or swags. The classes include all materials and best of all, students get to take their wreaths home at the end of the workshops!

On Saturday, November 24, at 10am, Spider Web Gardens will offer a Balsam Wreath or Swag Workshop. Students can choose to make either a wreath or swag. Included in the workshop will be forms, greens, wire and instruction; decorations will be for sale at the greenhouse.

Along with wreaths, boxwood trees have become very popular holiday decorations. The charming trees are typically tabletop size or can be used on a mantel. On Saturday, December 1, Spider Web Gardens will offer a Balsam or Boxwood Tree workshop. Decorations to adorn the finished trees will be for sale at the garden center.

“We have been offering workshops to get children involved in gardening,” Annette continues. “On Saturday, December 1, at 1pm, a workshop titled Kids Make Gifts! will offer children all ages a chance to make a terrarium to give as a holiday gift.

“In this workshop, children will learn about forcing bulbs and using Paper Whites for the terrarium. These make wonderful gifts for a child to give a parent, aunt or grandmother.”

Also offered will be a Holiday Centerpiece Workshop on Saturday, December 8, at 10am. The workshop will include a container, form, greens, pillar or taper candles and instruction; additional decorations may be purchased at Spider Web Gardens.

To round out the seasonal workshop schedule, on Saturday, December 12, at 1pm the garden center will offer a Holiday Decoration Workshop with the subject to be determined by student request.

With so many workshops, exactly who teaches the public how to make wreaths, swags and other holiday décor at Spider Web Gardens? Annette laughs, “We have a group of wreath-making fairies! They are also known as the staff at Spider Web Gardens; they are knowledgeable and enjoy teaching the classes in wreath making and other projects.”

Not everyone has the time or desire to learn to make a holiday wreath or swag or boxwood tree. For those who fall into that category, Spider Web Gardens offers living wreaths, also known as holiday centerpieces, which will stay beautiful for months if properly watered.

“We also have fresh cut and living Christmas Trees, wreaths, roping, swags, patio pots, decorations and much more,” Annette says. “And, we have holiday blooms, poinsettias, cyclamen, Christmas cactus, Paper Whites, amaryllis and much more. The Spider Web greenhouse is in blossom just in time for the holidays.”

For crafty types who already know how to make holiday wreaths, Spider Web Gardens carries wreath rings, spool wire, ribbon, cones, seed heads, angels, birds, dried florals and other wreath supplies.

Annette adds a bit of advice for keeping holiday wreaths in good shape. “Don’t put your wreath between storm doors because it will cook the wreath when the sun hits it! A wreath needs to be displayed outside (such as on an outside door). Little living wreaths should be put in a plate or bowl. They will grow for a long time if watered and kept out of the direct sun.”

If you love history…as well as holiday greenery and wreath making, head to the Remick Museum in Tamworth for a Balsam Wreath Making workshop on Saturday, December 1 from 9 to 11am. You will learn how to craft your own balsam wreath with greens harvested on the Remick property. Beautiful decorative bows to adorn your wreath will be available for an additional cost. Hot chocolate and fresh baked goods will be served, adding to the festive atmosphere. You must register by Tuesday, November 26, for the class; call 323-7591.

At Moulton Farm off Rt. 25 in Meredith, the holidays usher in many workshops for creative, holiday-loving types.

On Wednesday, December 5 at 6pm, Sue Dail, the woman who creates many of the beautiful wreaths at the farm, will offer a class for decorating a 12-inch wreath. She will share her tips and tricks for wreath decorating; the admission cost covers the workshop and materials.

Learn to make a Boxwood Tree on Wednesday, December 12, at 6pm at Moulton Farm, including how to create the long-lasting centerpiece in the shape of a miniature Christmas tree.

For those who love to bake at the holidays and would like to try some new recipes, Moulton Farm offers some interesting cooking classes in December.

Before she joined the Moulton Farm team, Johnson & Wales trained Trish Lutkus was a pastry chef at a Boston hotel. On Sunday, December 2, at 1pm, she will share the secrets of assembling and decorating a traditional Yule cake. Students will have the opportunity to practice on their own cake during the workshop.

On Wednesday, December 5, at 6pm, bakers can take Moulton Farm’s Biscotti Baking class, which teaches the secrets of baking the delectable treats from Trish, the farm’s talented head baker. The Biscotti treats are delicious and also make great gifts.

On Wednesday, November 28, and December 12, at 6pm, Moulton Farm chef Jonathan will share the secrets of how to create and serve the perfect holiday dinner. It’s a popular class and something everyone can benefit from!

Those interested in Moulton Farm wreath or boxwood making workshops or cooking classes for the holidays can stop by the farm to register or email or call 279-3915. 

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