Branch out, with wreath workshops

Master wreath-maker Lee Sliman (right) with another satisfied custiomer • Photo by Ram Papish

December will offer three chances to craft a holiday wreath using materials gathered from the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, with workshops on offer in Lincoln City as well as at the refuge itself.

Volunteer-in-residence Lee Sliman will show how to combine native conifers and shrubs into a beautiful, easy-to-make wreath in a process that is fun for the whole family.

All materials are provided, including fresh-cut greens, ring, wires and ribbons. Participants can also bring special decorating items to personalize their wreath. Guests should wear warm, comfortable clothing and bring pruning shears and gardening gloves if possible.

The first workshop will take place from noon to 2:30 pm on Sunday, Dec. 2, at Lincoln City’s Connie Hansen Gardens, 1931 NW 33rd Street. A $5 donation is requested for the garden

On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, Sliman will lead a pair of workshops at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, both running from 10:30 am to 1 pm. Admission is free.

Workshops held at the refuge will also include a short interpretive talk about the materials used in wreath making.

The refuge is located on the west side of Highway 101, about six miles south of Pacific City. Turn west off Highway 101 onto Christensen Road and proceed a half-mile to the lower parking lot.

For more information or to register, contact Sliman at 503-812-6392 or at namilseel@gmail.com.

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