Living Christmas Tree
If you have a need for an evergreen tree in your garden and are willing to have a Christmas tree indoors for only a short period, choosing a living Christmas tree is a sound and logical decision. Many families make it a year-after-year tradition, enriching their lives with the visible memories of Christmases past. But to be successful, you need to plan ahead and follow certain guidelines. The specialists at Iowa State University offer helpful advice on planning for, caring for, and planting a Living Christmas Trees. Although written for Iowa gardeners, which has colder weather than in our region, the tips are appropriate and clearly spelled out. For lots of information about Christmas tree history, lore, and facts, check out Tree Facts.
Christmas Decorations from Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia is famous for its wreaths and other holiday decorations made from natural materials. Colonial Williamsburg Decorates for Christmas: Step-by-Step Instruction for Christmas Decorations That You Can Make for Your Home by Susan Hight Rountree (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 2006, $19.95) presents ideas and how-to's for creating wreaths, cones, swag, roping and other holiday decoration for mantels, stairways, windows, and tables using fresh and dried plant materials in both traditional and contemporary ways.