What do Alaskan gardeners do when all the flower beds are frozen and (finally) covered with snow? Play with plants inside, of course! And as it time to be making all things merry and bright with holiday decorations, the Green Connection garden elves have come up with some holiday plant project ideas to share with you.
Christmas Ornament Terrariums
Sooooooo cute! And so easy! Find yourself a small hanging glass terrarium, an air plant, holiday accessories such as small pine cones or sparkly berries, and put them all together with a festive bow. Hang it in your tree and don't forget to mist or soak your little air plant once a week. After Christmas is over you can take all the decorations off and hang the terrarium in a window.
Fresh Evergreen Centerpieces
…or garlands, or wreaths, or gargantuan arrangements for the entryway...anything to get the lovely smell of spruce and cedar in our homes! Evergreen arrangements are surprisingly easy to make and will last as long as a fresh cut Christmas tree if taken care of properly.
The centerpieces featured below were made using wet floral foam (Oasis foam,) but you can also use wet sand or even wet potting soil. If the arrangement is placed outside it will freeze into place and often last until spring.
Holiday Mini Gardens
Many of Green Connection's loyal fans are already aware of fairy gardens and how much fun they can be, but did you know you can make holiday mini gardens too? You can use real or artificial plants, tiny elves and snowmen, and even fake snow! (Just add water…the stuff is super fun to play with.) There are tiny LED Christmas lights on the market now that can really bring your tiny winter wonderland to life. Or here’s an idea: an empty jar, tiny plant, artificial snow, and a couple Christmas fairy accessories = living snow globe!
Poinsettias are pretty all by themselves, but they make marvelous accents in house plant arrangements. Simply tuck a 4 or 6” potted poinsettia in with a few plants such as ferns, English Ivy, or orchids and you have a stunning centerpiece or a unique gift idea. You can accent the arrangement with pine cones, berries, and other holiday accents.
If you want to go all Martha Stewart in your gifting this year, consider giving friends and colleagues potted herbs or houseplants as gifts. You can go with a rustic look and put them in a repurposed tin with a burlap ribbon, or elegant with a small ceramic container and glittery bow. Woody herbs such as rosemary, lavender, and thyme are the easiest to grow inside, and they smell wonderful!
These are just a few of the many great ways those who love plants can celebrate the holidays and get their gardening fix at the same time! Stop by the Green Connection garden center if you need more ideas – our elves are constantly cooking up new fun ways to garden year round in Alaska. Happy Holidays, everyone!