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Gardening: December 2017

Gardening: December 2017
December 2017

Gifts for Green Thumbs

Garden editor Joan McDonald points to her top picks from area retailers

■ A. Mobile plant shop owner BJ Stadelman’s 10-inch container with succulents ($48 at Haegur, makes a hip, handmade addition to an indoor gardener’s collection.

■ B. Wildlife-spotting will be even more of a treat when this copper bird feeder ($89 at Abide-A-While Garden Center, is serving up the seeds.

■ C. The CobraHead Long Handle Weeder and Cultivator ($60 at Hyams Garden & Accent Store, is super-handy for folks who can’t kneel easily.

A wreath from last year’s Winter Greenery Workshop

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What’s happening this month?


December 1, 2, & 13 

Winter Greenery Workshop

Toni Reale of Roadside Blooms and Jennifer Balmer of Sea Island Flower Farm lead these workshops centered around locally available greens. Make a garland for your holiday table, then construct a wreath from fragrant branches, berries, and dried materials. Roadside Blooms, 48244 Chateau Ave., North Charleston. Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. $65.


December 2

Holiday Greens Sale

At this popular Charleston Horticultural Society fundraiser, stock up on bundles of greenery, fresh garlands, and a variety of beautiful wreaths (made of materials ranging from Fraser fir to Spanish moss). Aim to arrive right on time, because supplies sell out each year. South Windermere Shopping Center, 80 Folly Rd. Blvd. Saturday, 8-11:30 a.m. Free admission.


December 9

Christmas Wreath Class

Enjoy a crisp morning at Old Santee Canal Park, creating a wreath from natural materials selected during a short nature walk. Be sure to preregister by December 6. Old Santee Canal Park, 900 Stony Landing Dr., Moncks Corner. Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. $15.


December 12

Herbal Wreaths & Dreamcatchers

At this installment of the South Carolina Herbal Society’s monthly meeting, founder Pat Harpell guides attendees in making and decorating grapevine wreaths and dream catchers. All materials are supplied, but try to bring a dish to share or herbal tea to drink. Charleston Horticultural Society Educational Center, 46 Windermere Blvd. Tuesday, 6-7:30 p.m. $10; free for member.



Photographs by (bird feeder) Cocoa Rae & (wreath) Jessica Smith, The Smiths Do Love & courtesy of (planter) Haegur & (tool) CobraHead