Thursday, 4 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas!

The countdown to Christmas has begun! Here at the garden the staff are busy getting into the festive spirit; The tree has arrived in the Conservatory and has been festooned with nature’s harvest. The education team have been cutting, sticking, tying and covering themselves with glitter and glue to produce the stunning decorations! There are Physalis and pine-cone garlands, decorated mini birch wreathes and all manner of delicacies to delight.

The team under glass have also been busy bees – we have attempted our first Christmas wreath! It was created by bending, coaxing and tying in a ring of willow stems, these were then overlaid with clumps of birch twigs giving us a base to which we could attach an array of feathers and berries to jolly it up. We’re very pleased with the result! We finished off our yuletide display with vibrant ruby red Poinsettias and gorgeously sweet scented white cyclamen. The intense colours have been balanced with trailing variegated ivies, ferns and silver-leaved Plectranthus argentatus and structure added with ivy trained onto a frame (we used hanging baskets as the framework)  We do, of course, have to add a little glamour to the display so this year we’ve added some gold birds which can be seen nesting on the ivy balls.

The display and the rest of the garden in all its Christmassy glory will be lit up in style for our Christmas light nights event on Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th December From 5.00pm, with last entry at 6.30pm. (The site will be closed at 7.30pm) Wander through candlelit walks, enjoy seeing floating lanterns on the ponds and bring your own torch for more fun.
Check the website for more details.
Lili Friend

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