Make Your Own Topiary

Kathy Bowman with Portland Garden Club showed us how to save money by making our own holiday topiaries.

Fresh fruit on a Nail Studded Wooden Cone.

Supplies and materials needed: Wooden form, container (or a cardboard round), clippers, sphagnum moss, garden netting, conditioned plant materials, fruit. Optional: glue gun and glue

1. Place the garden netting centered on the container with enough overlap to cover the cone.
2. Place the cone on top of the netting in the center of the container.
3. If you choose glue the form to the container or cardboard round (including the netting)
4. Cover the form with the sphagnum moss.
5. Add the fruit starting with the largest pieces of fruit at the bottom saving the smaller for the top row.
6. Fill in with greens as needed.

• Market Basket is an annual sale held by the Portland Garden Club. The 2009 event is entitled “Going Green” to focus on environmentally-sound, recyclable and sustainable holiday decorations and using readily-available materials particularly appropriate in a sluggish economy. Sale items include wreaths, swags, centerpieces, kissing balls, topiaries, fresh flowers, and a wide range of creative gifts for gardeners.

• The sale will be held on Saturday, December 5 from 10am to 2 pm at the Garden Club’s building, 1132 SW Vista (adjacent the Vista Bridge, two blocks from 23rd and Burnside on the westside)

• For those who enjoy making their own arrangements, Market Basket is particularly well-known for its wide variety of freshly-cut greens including beautyberry, white pine, magnolia, yellow-berried holly, cypress, and eastern Oregon juniper. Over 20 types of greens will be for sale.

• Proceeds from Market Basket benefit educational programs in horticulture and conservation throughout Oregon.  The membership of 350 donates hundreds of volunteer hours in community service. Projects include planning a therapy garden in a local hospital, designing and planting an open patio at a residence for the disabled, weeding the Hoyt Arboretum, plus coordinating work teams with the City of Portland in public parks and neighborhood gardens.


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