Garden the secret of a perfect wreath

There’s a trick or two involved in crafting a good holiday wreath and, after 20 years in the branch-bending business, the Seal Rock Garden Club knows them all.

The group’s members will show off their expertise at the annual Christmas Greens and Gift Sale this Saturday, Dec. 8, where they will use special machines to craft and shape tree cuttings into fragrant wreaths, swags, arrangements and gifts.

With greens freshly harvested from a farm in Waldport, the fragrance of noble fir, junipers, cedar and many other local species fills the clubhouse alongside the steady thump from the heavy-duty wreath-making machines.

Across the aisle from the wreath makers, decorators attach handmade bows and color coordinate decorations on the wreaths. In a corner of the room, swag designers are up to their elbows in noble fir. In the table arrangement section, designers are at their creative and fanciful best utilizing cuttings from local gardens into designs for every taste and budget.

Small, live, decorated trees will also be on offer and guests will have the chance to enter a raffle to win great holiday gifts. Homemade cookies, hot apple cider and holiday cheer will be served throughout the day. Credit and debit cards are accepted.

The sale will run from 9 am to 1 pm at the Seal Rock Garden Club, on the east side of Highway 101, next to the old Seal Rock Fire Station at 10377 NW Rand Street.

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