[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hey gardeners, ‘tis the season to start your holiday decorating.

There are so many festive options to use in planters and urns.

Ribbons, bows, white birch, fantail willow, curly willow, pine cones and seed pods. You can also include bird houses, watering cans or old lanterns. The list is endless.

A variety of evergreen boughs are usually used, but remember to water your planter and spray the boughs with water to keep them from drying out.

One really cute idea I found was DIY Christmas tree gnome decorations. Did you know there was such a thing?

They are so simple to make; all you need is a tomato cage, wire, red hat and mitts. The nose can be made from a seed pod, potato or an ornament.

Simply place the cage upside down and cover with evergreen boughs using the wire to secure them. Place the red hat and mitts, attach the nose — and there you have it: a cute Christmas gnome.

You can also use different sizes of tomato cages to make a family of Christmas gnomes.

On behalf of the Dunnville Horticultural Society, we wish you and yours and happy, healthy and green holiday season.

Why not join other happy gardeners and would-be gardeners at our next program night on Jan. 16? We will be welcoming local garden experts to share their knowledge on our panel.


The society meets every third Thursday at the Optimist Club Hall, 101 Main St., from 7 to 9 p.m. Or visit us online at our Facebook page or at www.dunnvillehortandgardenclub.org

For questions or comments, contact president Deb Zynomirski at 416-566-9337 or debzyn@gmail.com.

Marlene Link is a member of the Dunnville Horticultural Society.

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