I am already overwhelmed (as I look out my window over the the uncarved jack-o-lanterns/Thanksgiving decoration pumpkins that languish, half frozen, on my front porch) to find myself smack in the holiday season. Am I the only one that it has snuck up on? Trying to catch up (already), I feel like I need a jolt of holiday music and some seasonal decorating to get me up and running.
There is something about the craftiness of decorating for the season that always begins to put me in the right mood. I prefer to keep my decoartions natural and in relation to the place I am. This year we are in New England, so I am craving the traditional greens that I see out my windows. But were I on the beach or in the desert, I think the style of my decor would vary considerably. I always look to the landscape for inspiration in most any design project, so I thought I would round up lots of garden-y and landscape based holiday decorating workshops, events, and seminars to inspire you across the country.
In Washington DC:
• Tudor Place has wreath making workshops.
• Check out Debra Prinzing's classes at the Arboretum.
In the NYC area:
• Wave Hill is putting on a Miniature Holiday Arrangement making class.
• Aimed at getting teens into the spirit, this workshop in New Jersey focuses on making centerpieces.
• Terrain in Westport, CT has an upcoming hearth decorating course and a wreath making event.
In Southern California:
• Check out Rogers Garden events page - purportedly the Terrain of So Cal.
In Northern California:
• This wreath making class (bring some of your own materials to make it personal) looks interesting.
And in New England and Greater Boston (I think) we have some of the most interesting offerings:
• Tower Hill is offering a "Glad Tidings" Basket making class this weekend.
• And on December 12th you can learn to make Holiday Wreaths in the style of Ancient Mandalas, (I am one of the organizers of this event, so I personally promise it will get you in the spirit.)
If you have any other interesting workshops that you know of going on in your neighborhood, please give them a shout out in the comments!
(Image: Rochelle Greayer)