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.
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.
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.