Holiday Decorations

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.

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Some creations with pinecones, the tips of which Jeff painted in preparation:

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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.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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8 Responses to Holiday Decorations

  1. Sounds like a fun program; just the sort I like.


  2. pbmgarden says:

    Nice ideas for the holidays.


  3. Julie says:

    I am intrigued by hanging a wreath on your garden gate, is that traditional where you are, that sounds really attractive.


  4. Noell Schepp says:

    I saw you snapping a lot of photos at the meeting. So glad you shared them. It was a great transitional Christmas program with Haskell in attendance. I love my two arrangements and am trying to keep the oasis wet and happy.


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