Magazine article Sunset

Bring in the Holiday Greens

Magazine article Sunset

Bring in the Holiday Greens

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One-day Wonders

YOU'RE GETTING THE house ready for a holiday party, and you need a centerpiece quickly. But you have no flowers and no time to run to the florist or nursery. What do you do? If you live in a mild-winter area, grab the clippers and step outside: there's probably a wealth of greenery to choose from.

Each year at Sunset, gardener Kim Haworth does just that. She put together the arrangement pictured at right in about 20 minutes to decorate the lobby at Sunset's headquarters. Her tools: a plastic-lined basket, a block of florist's foam, florist's wire (all available at craft stores), and garden prunings.

After she harvests and washes prunings of such plants as Aspidistra elatior, camellia, holly, juniper, mullein, and redwood, she cuts the stems at an angle and secures them firmly--at least an inch deep--in moistened florist's foam set in the basket. She works from the outside in, placing the tallest pieces in the center.

For variety, she then adds snippets of silvery plants such as gray dusty miller. …

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