Magazine article Sunset

A Green and Growing Holiday Centerpiece

Magazine article Sunset

A Green and Growing Holiday Centerpiece

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Growing around a candle, tender green shoots rise from a plate to make a living centerpiece for the holiday table. The idea originated in ancient Greece, where children grew seeds on tiny platters to honor Adonis, god of eternal youth. The wreaths later appeared in southern France, where they're sown on December 4 (Ste. Barbe's Day) to signify the renewal of life. To re-create this tradition, you can sow a plate with seed in early December. By Christmas Eve or earlier, the wreath should be lush enough to decorate the table and harvest for salads. This simple idea makes a great project for children, heightening the anticipation of the holiday season. If you want to have a fresh wreath for later in the holidays, sow another plate a week or so after the first. Choosing the materials. All you need is a box of rolled cotton (not polyester) batting or some blotting paper, and some untreated seed. Health-food stores sell bulk quantities of sproutable lentils, oats, wheat, or chives. You need about a cup of seed per dinner-size plate-enough to cover the dish s center with a single layer. …

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