Some people may miss the snow and cold during winter, but I have gotten used to the beautiful weather Claremont often gets this time of year. When my daughter and I signed up for a wreath-making workshop at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden, we didn’t know that it would be outside. That didn’t matter. The sun was shining over a lightly snow-dusted Mount Baldy.
At the workshop we were given all the native plants we would need, starting with grapevines for the circular base of the wreath.
There were plants pre-cut for us, a group of 25 or so, but we soon used up most of it, and the workshop leaders headed out in their little carts to bring us back more.
Little by little, the wreaths took shape until we wrapped the final greenery onto the grapevine and sprayed our creations with anti-wilt spray.
Using such fresh materials covered our hands with sap that required a good scrubbing to remove.
Here is the final product. I wish you could smell it through the computer!