My garden club sponsored a grapevine wreath workshop earlier in the week.
One of the members provided enough grapevine material for twenty people, all culled from pruning this year’s growth from her vines. Another member who joined at the same time as I shared with me generous amounts of fresh greenery from her large property. I just needed clippers and gloves.
After a brief discussion about technique, we got to work and the wreaths went together quickly.
It was interesting to see how different each finished wreath was. Some were almost completely overlaid with glossy Magnolia leaves, others were brightly adorned with red Nandina berries, and then there was everything in-between, all reflecting the personality and aesthetic of the wreath maker. I chose to use the fresh materials as accent.
My friend had brought cuttings of boxwood, holly, as well as wonderfully fragrant eucalyptus and rosemary. She also had beautiful cedar with dark blue berries—I think it is Juniperus virginiana (Eastern red cedar).
The grapevine’s curly tendrils enhance the wreath’s base. Next time I will choose even more carefully to ensure the vine is filled with these curlycue structures.
Perhaps I’ll add a bow later but for now I like the simplicity. This workshop was a fun way to spend a couple of hours with energetic and friendly, garden-loving people.