Last night the Charlotte Garden Club hosted its annual Holiday Decorations presentation. This year’s offering was led by Jeff Drum, Garden Curator at Historic Rosedale Plantation here in Charlotte. Jeff is well known to Charlotte gardeners for his many years on the staff at Winghaven. He created nearly a dozen arrangements using fresh material from his and friends’ gardens.
One of the most popular of his offerings was a simple but elegant wreath of English boxwood, painstakingly created:
Several arrangements used Deodar cedar cones as their highlight:
Deodar cedar cones were glued onto a square of burlap, into which Jeff placed a square mirror and then a clear glass vase holding a white candle. Dropped around the candle were fresh cranberries. A canvas streamer suggests use of this arrangement on a table.
Some creations with pinecones, the tips of which Jeff painted in preparation:
A decorative spray of evergreens, highlighted by red nandina berries and pine cones, seemed just perfect to hang on a garden gate:
A boxwood standard was also a popular item:
Another use of burlap in the ribbon and flowers of this wreath:
Each of Jeff’s creations was sold at auction to the attendees. The holiday spirit was evident, and the bidding was vigorous.