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    8A COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL December 16, 2015
Invent your own wreath for a festive holiday statement
BY KYM POKORNY
OSU Extension Service
W
reaths hung on the door with care
call out a festive “Happy Holi-
days.”
Share that message in a special way
by making your own circle of cheer with
plants clipped from the garden or gathered
from friends and neighbors.
“A good part of the fun of making your
own wreath is going around the neighbor-
hood, collecting plants and talking to peo-
ple,” said Susan Hoffman, who has been
a master gardener with Oregon State Uni-
versity’s Extension Service since 2012.
Be sure, she added, to ask before you
clip.
At the entry to almost every store,
simple wreaths are stacked up for sale.
They’re made with some greenery, a
bow and perhaps a lonely pinecone. And
they’re not cheap. Those fashioned by
your own hands cost almost nothing and
are limited only by imagination and avail-
able plants.
Some of the plants used at a recent
master gardener wreath-making affair at
the Benton County Fairgrounds included
long-lasting selections like traditional
Douglas fi r, fragrant incense cedar and
red-berried holly. Other types of fi r and
cedar, as well as yew, blue spruce, box-
wood, laurel and lavender were there for
the taking. For color, texture and ber-
ries, the wreath-makers added nandina,
pyracantha and purple beautyberry. Of
course, there are many other options.
“You can use absolutely anything you
want,” said Jana Tindall, a master garden-
er and organizer of the event.
If a wreath seems too intimidating, a
swag is a very simple alternative, Hoff-
man said. Just gather up some plant cut-
tings, tie the stems together, add a bow
and decorations and that’s the end of that.
Even easier is a bouquet of plants for a
centerpiece. In a vase, place a piece of
fl orist’s foam soaked in water and stick in
your choice of plants. In a clear vase, hide
the foam with moss, lichen, small pine-
cones or red and/or green marbles found
at craft stores.
“They’re really easy and quick,” said
Tindall. “You can make them in less than
half an hour in time for a party.”
To make a wreath is not much harder,
though it takes more time. One piece of
advice from Tindall - have a table avail-
able. Bending and kneeling can be hard
on the back and knees.
How to make a wreath from the Benton
County Master Gardeners:
Tools and materials
Clippers
Needle-nose pliers
Wire (at least 22 gauge)
Wire or grapevine frame
Gloves
Plant clippings
Pinecones, small pieces of wood, bows,
ribbon, Christmas tree decorations (op-
tional)
Instructions
Design wreath by laying out in a circle
on the table, using heaviest-textured plants
in the back. Or, if you’d rather, design as
you go.
Transfer background layer of plants to
frame. Leave wire on the spool it came on.
Twist one end of wire to the frame with
your fi ngers or pliers. Wearing gloves is
recommended.
Wind wire around the plants and frame
in a clockwise direction, pulling it tight to
keep plants from falling off. When you’ve
come back to where you started, twist
Please see WREATH, Page 10A
Disc
tells
stories
of CG's
past
'Refl ections' contains O'Keefe's
newest topical tunes
C
ottage Grove’s histori-
cal organizations have
teamed up to aid the efforts of
one local musician.
Well-known
singer/song-
writer Ron O’Keefe, who has
penned topical tunes aimed at
ending an ongoing drought and
inspiring healing after the trag-
edy of a school shooting, said he
teamed with the Cottage Grove
Museum, Historical Society and
historian Marie Longfellow to
write the six songs that became
the compilation “Cottage Grove,
Oregon: Refl ections.”
Gold mining, the Mt. David
Oil Well scheme, logging and
covered bridges are among the
titles on the six-song disc, and
O’Keefe said some of the songs
have been given to local teachers
for use with their summer music
programs. O’Keefe’s wife, Pa-
tricia Hardy, added background
vocals, in addition to creating
its cover art. The album was
recorded at Bobby Selover’s
home studio, and $3 of each CD
purchased will cover recording
costs.
“Refl ections” can be pur-
chased for $5 at the Bookmine,
the CG Museum at the corner
of Birch and H Streets, Books
on Main and the Bohemia Gold
Mining Museum, with $2 going
to the organization where the
disc is sold.
Shop Local. Shop Cottage Grove
this Holiday Season!!!
Order Your
Christmas Ham NOW!
Please place order
no later than 12/18/15
$8.00 per pound
35% off all Christmas
Regular Priced
Gift Merchandise
Can not be applied to in-house accounts.
Valid 12-16-15 to 12-23-15
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