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"On the Road with Mill Creek Garden Club," By Lila Johnson

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Kathy Hamilton carefully places the next bundle of greens in the machine. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.
Kathy Hamilton carefully places the next bundle of greens in the machine. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair.

There was Holly and We were Jolly!

In keeping with the happy thought “You can never have too many wreaths at Christmastime,” a group of merry Mill Creek Garden Club members dashed on down to our neighborhood Li’l Sprout Nursery for an afternoon of wreath-making.

There was no snow, but it was a crisp and sunny day; the air smelled of fresh cut trees and Dean Martin was crooning “Baby It’s Cold Outside” on the PA system when the group arrived.

Li’l Sprout’s Holli Schippers greeted everyone and quickly pointed out all the variety of greens, holly, twigs, pinecones and bows from which to choose. After a quick demo and with the caveat of “watch your fingers before stepping on the pedal;” the Garden Club gals with pruners in hand, headed off in various directions to select the greens perfect for their own homes.

Individual bundles of greenery are made and lined up on the wreath form, which is placed in the machine. A bundle is squished together at the base, then with caveat in mind, the pedal is stomped and quite astoundingly the wire encloses the bundle. The process is repeated until a beautiful circular wreath is formed.

When we were happy with our wreaths, they were placed in a “preservative bath” for five to ten minutes and then air dried. Everyone "ohhed" and "ahhed" over the creations.

Holli, who has been instructing and making wreaths for too many years to count, commented she marvels at how from the same piles of greenery, everyone’s wreath turns out to be “one of a kind.”

Several different sizes of wreath forms were available; I selected the small one perfect for a candle ring on my kitchen table. It was created to grace that table at our traditional Christmas morning brunch.

Several of the completed wreaths will grace front doors in Mill Creek and several may be a special gift for a family member. Could it be you?

I never grow tired of informing the community of the fun times Garden Club members share. The frivolity continues December 12, 2017, with the annual MCGC Christmas party.

The group celebrates with a wonderful party put together by Judy Morrier and her Christmas Committee. And in the spirit of the season, members are invited to bring toys, warm winter hats, scarves and gloves to be dropped off at Christmas House in Everett where all the donations will be shared with about 2,500 Snohomish County families. We truly are a jolly, caring group of gardeners!

 Lynne Menzies, Judy Morrier, Gwen Strauss, and Kathy Hamilton. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

Some of the jolly MCGC crew waiting for a demo from Holli. Left-right: Lynne Menzies, Judy Morrier, Gwen Strauss, and Kathy Hamilton. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

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