Adorn your home with your very own custom creations or give a personalized gift created from nature’s bounty this holiday season. From festive firs to candlelit centerpieces, there are plenty of opportunities to brush up on your DIY décor skills with these winter gardening classes around PA.
1. Hueter’s Green Houses
Visit Hueter’s Greenhouses and decorate your very own wreath after perusing their nursery during normal business hours. With a variety of handmade garlands of all sizes, they offer plenty of decorations to make your wreath the ultimate masterpiece. Make a day—or night—of this fun winter activity and book a decorating party for five or more guests, or BYOB and sip on a glass of wine during a solo evening embracing the season.
2. Olewine Nature Center at Wildwood Park
The Olewine Nature Center at Wildwood Park provides a wonderful inside/outside view of Harrisburg’s great outdoors and natural wonders. In December, it also encourages you to unleash your creativity with fun classes creating holiday treasures from nature’s bounty. Make holiday ornaments using pinecones, milkweed pods, and other natural materials, Dec. 3, 10, then on Dec. 14 transform greenery into a table centerpiece, a swag for over a doorway, or the foundation for a holiday mantle display with a Make and Take Holiday Décor class. Need some last minute gifts?! Create and decorate three whimsical wooden reindeer showcasing your and Mother Nature’s creative side, Dec. 17. Be sure to pre-register ahead of time!
3. Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouses
For more than six decades, Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouses has been making the holiday season in southcentral PA merry and bright. Here’s your chance to draw on their decades of expertise to create some beautiful holiday décor for your home with a variety of workshops using pine boughs, succulents, holiday bows and decorations, and your own imagination. Check their calendar for all the dates and times they’re offering their Fresh Pine Wreath, Fresh Pine Porch Pot, Living Holiday Floral Centerpiece, and Holiday Succulent Centerpiece workshops.
4. Grow’s on Main
Grow’s on Main’s Plant Bar in Butler is your one-stop-shop for making fully customizable arrangements this upcoming season. Select your preferred plant and pair it with the perfect planter, then gather your greenery goodies and follow step-by-step instructions to bring your piece to life. The year-round activity is ideal in the winter months when you’re looking to get into the holiday—and hosting—spirit.
5. Heartwood Nursery
Nothing says, “Season’s Greetings!” like furnishing your home with beautiful holiday wreaths. Attend Heartwood Nursery’s Wreath Crafting Classes to unleash your creativity and leave with a work of art, Dec. 1-2, 9, 15-16. The perfect, blended offering of artistic expression, relaxation, and a touch of nature bring out the inner artist in you and inspire the joyfulness of the holiday season. Native to the Eastern Piedmont region, take advantage of their hollies and other select species of fir for the ultimate piece of holiday décor.
With locations in Doylestown, Devon, and Glen Mills, local nursery Terrain is hosting unique holiday gardening classes at all three of their Pennsylvania shops. From wreath-making workshops to holiday arrangement classes, find the beauty in the process of making your very own bountiful bouquet to elevate your hosting, or gifting, experience. View each location’s calendar for the latest info on their December class offerings.
7. Perfect Pots
Create a winter wonderland using your floral favorites this holiday season! Perfect Pots is hosting several Winter Potting Workshops at their Strasburg greenhouse throughout Dec. for master gardeners and new plant parents to craft a perfect winter container arrangement to be enjoyed through the entire season. You’ll learn from an experienced team member as they show you the Perfect Pots signature method for building your base, selecting complementary winter accents, strategically place festive firs, and creating an eye-catching design unique to your taste. Bring your own containers or take advantage of their frost-proof pottery, perfectly designed for the colder months.
8. Bucks Country Gardens
Bucks Country Gardens is offering not one, but two winter gardening courses to fulfill your holiday décor needs. On Dec. 2, attend their Holiday Wreath Decorating class to learn the ins and outs of embellishing your greenery. Enjoy seasonal sips and snacks as you add decorations and trim to create your unique wreath style.
9. Ken’s Gardens
Ken’s Gardens is getting crafty this holiday season! They’re offering a variety of classes featuring DIY holiday décor at their two locations. Want to make a wreath? They have you covered! How about putting together a winter terrarium? They have a workshop for that, too. Pining for a whimsical gnome planter to grace your front porch? No worries there! And what about those totally trendy Japanese Kokedama moss balls?! Ken’s staff are on the cutting edge and want you to be too! Check their calendar to see all the holiday workshops Ken’s Gardens are offering this holiday season.
10. Strawberry Hill
Be delighted by a holly, jolly winter event when attending Strawberry Hill’s Holiday Wreath Workshop. On Dec. 9, make a wonderful garland as you learn about local evergreens and sip hot cocoa. They supply the pine and wire, but bring your own decorations, gloves, scissors, wire cutters, and hand cutters to help assemble your magical masterpiece.
11. Posh & Bloom
Posh & Bloom in Jenkintown is known for their Create and Sip experiences all year round, but for the holiday season you can enjoy their exclusive Holiday Wreath event. On Dec. 16, make a unique arrangement to fill your home with the fragrance of the season. Learn how to create a traditional, lush mixed green wreath and adorn it with berries, pinecones, ribbons, and more exquisite embellishments to make it one-of-a-kind. Light snacks and hors d’oeuvres will be served and be sure to BYOB of bubbly.
Looking for a gift for your favorite gardener or for some tips on how to spruce up your garden in the winter? You will find those and so much more in Bulb & Bloom, a publication that digs into Pennsylvania’s garden culture.
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