Magazine article Sunset

Reinventing the Bay Wreath

Magazine article Sunset

Reinventing the Bay Wreath

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THIS ELEGANT, AROMATIC, AND distinctive variation on the bay wreath takes about 45 minutes to make. You alternate bay leaves with other cuttings from your garden or nursery for a fresh and festive look. The idea is to use long-lasting cuttings that will complement the bay leaves. Kim Haworth, a Sunset gardener and floral designer, created the wreath.

WHAT YOU NEED

WREATH FRAME: Many kinds and sizes are available. We used a 14-inch wire wreath form ($3).

PADDLE WIRE (FLORAL WIRE): 22, 24, or 26 gauge. We used one spool of 24 gauge ($1.50).

PRUNING SHEARS

GREENERY: Check your garden or a nursery for showy greenery. We used California bay, Eucayptus polyanthemos. and Leptospermum scoparium 'Ruby Glow'.

1. Twist wire around frame to secure. Do not clip wire from spool until wreath is completed.

2. Make a bundle of one type of foliage about 6 inches long and slightly wider than the frame. Wrap the wire tightly once or twice around both the bundle and the frame about 2 inches from the bottom of the bundle.

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