Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

November, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Old-Fashioned Wreath Workshop
On Wednesday, December 13, from 10am-noon, Marla Carter and Esme Gibson will demonstrate traditional and unusual wreath-making using fresh greens from the Arboretum grounds. All materials will be provided. Bring your own gardening gloves, clippers, wire cutters, and any decorations you'd like to add to your personal creations. $25 members, $30 non-members. The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia 91007. For registration, call 626-821-4623 or email

Clever Gardening Technique

Decorations from the Garden
Decorate candles with flowers and foliage that you've grown and pressed yourself. Place small flowers, leaves, and vines between paper towels, and weigh down with a heavy book overnight. Pieces should be limp but not moist or crispy. Use a glue stick to tack them into place on candles. Mix and match colors, or use white candles to highlight the colors of the flowers and leaves. In an empty coffee can tall enough to hold the candle, melt six cakes of paraffin by setting it in a pan of boiling water. Dip the candle, with its tacked-on flowers and leaves, into the liquid paraffin, and hold it or set it upright until it's cool. Dip again if a thicker coating is desired.


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