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SUSTAINABLE WREATH WEAVING AND TABLESCAPING

Image Credit – Jez Timms

Advent and Christmas wreaths are a traditional way to celebrate this Western Christian festival. Thomas Broom-Hughes, director of horticulture at Richmond’s upmarket Petersham Nurseries, imparted his advice to Monocle Radio’s Sophie Grove*   

  • Willow twigs make an easy-to-use foundation (Tom now uses willow instead of copper wire so that the whole wreath is compostable). Wreaths are circular to symbolise eternal life 
  • Reuse the unwanted lower branches of your Christmas tree and add other foliage foraged from your or friends’ gardens such as Leylandii
  • You can add in items found in local parks and forests, such as pine cones, pheasant feathers and holly
  • The string is wound throughout the wreath – only cut it when you have tied it off at the end (it saves a great deal of time)
  • Dried flowers and fruits extend the seasons – search for unusual shapes such as hydrangea 
  • Holly and ivy are traditional – remember to leave some berries for the birds
  • A wreath on your front door is an outward-facing symbol that you are part of the local community 
  • Tablescapes are trending – plan for the wow factor when your guests enter the room 
  • Keep table decorations low and use foliage for your table runner – it can also smell heavenly 
  • You can use leaves as name place markers – write on them with a gold or silver pen 

Monocle 24, Konfekt Komer Podcast 

Chrissie Masters – Author

18/12/2022

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