A Grapevine Wreath

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.

Grapevine Wreath

Grapevine Wreath

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.

Grapevine Wreath

Grapevine Wreath

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).

Eucalyptus leaves and Juniperus virginiana (Eastern redcedar)

Eucalyptus leaves and Juniperus virginiana (Eastern redcedar)

Eucalyptus leaves

Eucalyptus leaves

Eucalyptus leaves

Eucalyptus leaves

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern redcedar)

Juniperus virginiana (Eastern redcedar)

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.

Grapevine Tendrils

Grapevine Tendrils

Grapevine Tendril

Grapevine Tendrils

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.

17 thoughts on “A Grapevine Wreath

  1. Christina

    I like the simplicity of your wreath. It is also nice that you can add further decoration as we get closer to Christmas somthatbit will seem like a new creation

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Marian. Happy holidays to you also! I think December is just going to be a whirl this year, it’s already zooming by so quickly (so I probably won’t get around to a bow anyway).

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, she was thrilled to be able to share the grape vines so they would be put to use. You are lucky to have the materials at hand–I used to have access to a lot wisteria. Made great basket handles, but I’m glad not to have to deal with the wisteria itself any longer!

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  2. Cathy

    I agree, the simplicity and the contrasting shades of bluish green and silver are very effective. The grapevine is a good idea as the base – love the tendrils!

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Malc, I hope you’ll give grapevine wreaths a try. These are very popular too at craft fairs–I can imagine your allotment pals all making these and offering them for sale for a good cause. Around here, people swap out the Christmas greenery for spring flowers for a whole new look. Susie

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  3. bittster

    Great closeups! I should put the coffee down, get off the computer and get to work on my own, hopefully it will come out half as nice. I just don’t think I have as good an eye.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks, I haven’t been taking many pictures lately so it was fun. I don’t recommend putting down the coffee without careful consideration though…

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