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A walk in the park: Making the garland from Plant Craft

by Timber Press on October 19, 2016

in Craft


Inspired by Caitlin Atkinson’s fall-foraged garland tutorial in Plant Craft, Timber Press brought some of the changing colors of autumn inside.

While Caitlin used a palette of pale blue, pink, burgundy, and lavender, we opted for a more traditional range of seasonal colors, capturing the contrast of yellow, red, and green leaves and highlighting the wintry pop of holly berries between vibrant foliage.

After laying out the branches and bunching smaller leaves and stems together, we connected the greenery with hemp rather than wire. The Japanese maple branches offered enough support, and when the season is through, we can toss the entire garland into the compost.

Coming Together
The foraged garland pictured in Plant Craft includes amaranth, rose hips, California pepper berries, redbud pods, lichen, and succulents along oak branches. In the Pacific Northwest, our woody boughs came from various evergreens with the colorful accents of ginkgo leaves and Japanese maple branches. We also included Gorizia and Salem rosemary for color and fragrance, an addition that everyone loves!

Queen Anne
The unexpected favorite of the piece is the salvaged Queen Anne’s lace. Snipped off of dead stems, these structures still have the delicate lace quality of the living flowers, but with a unique winter character. For a similar geometric beauty without the care of live succulents, select a patterned blossom like Queen Anne’s lace foraged from dead stems or dried in advance.

After tucking and shifting leaves to create a balanced look, our finished garland now sits along the front desk in the office entry way. The spread occasionally drops leaves, making a walk to the kitchen almost like a walk in the park.


Caitlin Atkinson has worked in floral design and at Flora Grubb Gardens as an interior merchandiser. An accomplished freelance photographer, she captures gardens, interiors, and still life.


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