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.
• 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.