September Wreath Workshop for Peoria Garden Club

The weather was a temperate 82 degrees with a gentle breeze and sunshine–an idyllic day for a visit to our Farm Grove gardens from the Peoria Garden Club.  I demonstrated how to craft everlasting wreaths from flowers and berries grown in our own gardens.

Welcoming the group.

Welcoming the group.


Showing how to pin sweet Annie artemesia to a straw base with greening pins.  Begin on the outside of the wreath; overlap bunches in order to cover the pin from the previous bunch.  Then pin small bunches to the inside of the circle.  Finally, pin base material to the top.  Check to make sure materials are evenly distributed.  Lay flat to dry in a warm, dry area.


Displaying a finished wreath.  After the base has dried, use a hot glue gun to attach accent flowers such as dried yarrow, roses, crab apples, bittersweet, bay leaves, sourdock heads, and cockscomb.

Cutting cockscomb celosia.

Cutting cockscomb celosia.

I also demonstrated how to use a vine wreath as a base for everlastings.  The open weave of vine wreaths are an ideal base for gluing dried flowers and fillers.  I fashioned a wreath from pastel pink and white dried peonies, blue larkspur, blue hydrangia, burgundy cockscomb, white yarrow, and Lamb’s ear blooms and frosted it with sea lavender [statice caspia].

Crafting from a harvest of fragrant flowers and herbs is a pleasant way to spend a day in the country.   Farm Grove everlasting wreaths are available for sale at the SEPTEMBER SALE, Saturday, September 26–10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Farm Grove on Springfield Road, Groveland, IL.




About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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