Decorating With Greens
Decorating With Greens - Naturally by a University of New Hampshire Master Gardener provides an overview of how to select and use natural greens from your landscape in both indoor and outdoor seasonal arrangements. (Remember that most greens do not last very long in the warm, dry, indoor air so you may need to either replace your arrangements periodically or wait until close to a special day or event to create your arrangements.) The article points out which greens tend to last longer or are better suited for indoor use, and also mentions different ways to use the various types of evergreens as well as berries. Use this as a helpful starting point for your natural decorations this holiday season.
Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes is a non-profit organization that advocates the use of native plants and the preservation and restoration of native communities. It has 50 chapters in 12 states so far. Within the mid-Atlantic Region, it now has chapters in New York and southern Pennsylvania (includes northern Maryland.) The Web site (http://www.for-wild.org/) offers links to local chapters, publications for download, and numerous other materials of interest, such as a discussion of local ecotypes.