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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Horticulture group gives holiday décor lessons

  • The local University of Illinois horticulture program collected 880 canned good items for local pantries, leaving glitter and evergreen needles in their wake while creating masterful holiday décor pieces.University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup, and Program Coordinator, Brittnay Haag, along with the ...
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  • The local University of Illinois horticulture program collected 880 canned good items for local pantries, leaving glitter and evergreen needles in their wake while creating masterful holiday décor pieces. University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup, and Program Coordinator, Brittnay Haag, along with the help of the infamous Master Gardener elves provided a Holiday Décor program in all three counties to teach their community how to incorporate live greens into the decorating process. Most greenhouses and nurseries depend on selling live trees, fresh greens and potted plants to make winter a profitable season. Traditionally we have been taught to keep greens outside, but Allsup encouraged participants to use them for decorating inside the house. With just a little extra care they can be kept fresh. A little daily spritzing with water or running them under the faucet will keep them attractive. Keep live décor away from heating vents to prevent wilting or browning. Allsup suggests incorporating different kinds of greens to make a dramatic high style arrangement. Greens were flying as centerpieces, wreaths and door swags were created out of fraser fir, noble fir, cedar, juniper and boxwood for an amazing holiday tree small. Adornments of pinecones, winterberry and sparkles were added to make the greens festive. When the arrangements were completed, they were auctioned off to the highest bidder. Canned goods destined for someone’s holiday dinner was the purchase price. Participants were offered an evening of holiday cheer with creative easy-to-do arrangements, yummy sweets and hot chocolate, entertaining instructor, Allsup has been dubbed the Julia Child of Holiday Décor, the chance to support their local food banks, and a holiday swag to take home. The University of Illinois Horticulture team would like to thank all the participants of the program for making it an incredible success.
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