We had an absolute blast at our first-ever Living Wreath Workshop! We had a sell-out crowd full of energy and enthusiasm. In case you missed the workshop or just want to create a living wreath of your own, here is the how-to:

  1. Start with your wreath form. We used a 16-inch frame with a jute liner. You could also line your wreath form with sphagnum moss, coco fiber or landscape fabric.
  1. Fill your frame with potting soil. We did this in phases. We filled it once, then watered in it. Because the soil sinks down, we filled it again and also watered it again. Make sure your liner is secure and covering all the openings in the wreath form so that you don’t have a soil eruption through a weak spot. Cover the soil with the provided jute backing.Tonkadale Greenhouse Living Wreath Workshop: Step 2
  1. Flip your form over, and securely attach the back of the wreath form. We used zip ties to do this.

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  1. Your wreath form should look sufficiently full of soil and be rounded out just like a bundt cake.

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  1. Cut slots in your wreath form. We used a utility knife for this. Decide where you are going to plant your plants. Make a pattern that you can follow. It is best to plant on all three surfaces of the form – the front, the inside and the outside.

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  1. Pick your plants. Think about where you are going to hang your wreath. Sun or shade. Are you going to hang it outside in April when the temps are still cool or wait until spring when the danger of frost has passed? If you choose to hang it outdoors now, pansies, violas and English ivy are a great choice. These items can tolerate a light frost. Leave space to add in warmer weather annuals or replace the items that need it when the weather gets warm.If you are planting now, use terrarium plants, miniature herbs and even succulents. Hypoestes (polka-dot plant) was the hit of the party. We love that cheerful pink, white and rose foliage.

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  1. Place your plants. Make a pattern. Repeat certain elements throughout the wreath. Plant trailing items, like angel vine or ivies, to grow throughout and fill it up.

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  1. Water in your wreath. Let it sit on a flat surface for about a week to root in so it stays secure.
  1. Hang your wreath and enjoy!

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  1. Water your wreath. We recommend taking your wreath down to water it. Let the water soak it and drain through before you hang it back up.
  1. Care for your wreath. Pinch and trim throughout the season to encourage your plants to branch and stay compact. Don’t be afraid of the scissors.
  1. The End!

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