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Greens show

November 16, 2000

Greens show

See also: Decorating tips


Crossroads Garden Club's annual event featured easy-to-make arrangements

By KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer


"Christmas is about whatever you want it to be," said Troy Gifft, guest designer at the recent Crossroads Garden Club's Greens Show at the Women's Club at Hagerstown.

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Gifft, co-owner of TG Designs florist and garden center in Hagerstown, demonstrated holiday arrangements he believes anyone can make. He provided useful pointers and and bits of advice with every creation.

"It's your taste, It's your house. Do it the way you like it," Gifft said.


Christmas Open House

When: Today, Saturday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Home of Troy Gifft and Todd Gossert, 13526 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown

Parking at the house is discouraged. Park at TG Designs florist and garden center, 19231 Longmeadow Road in Hagerstown. Continuous shuttle buses will run from TG Designs to the house.

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HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> His first creation was an arrangement in a round bowl that looked like a giant, shiny red Christmas ball. A block of instant oasis was the foundation for the boxwood sprigs Gifft inserted around the rim of the bowl. Two simple red tapers stood at the center, and Gifft used more boxwood and blue juniper as well as lemons, different colored apples and a few roses. He also added sprigs of "chocolate" - a brownish - seeded eucalyptus. It smells good and dries wonderfully, Gifft said.

The bowl's lid looked like the top of the ornament, with a ring for a hook to hang it on a tree. Gifft lay that beside the bowl with a cascade of boxwood.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> For a seasonal arrangement, Gifft used a wicker cornucopia to which he had taped a block of oasis. He started at the open edge of the cornucopia, with a ring of fresh boxwood sprigs. He applied a shining spray to the greens.

He anchored a whole pineapple by crisscrossing two bamboo skewers through it into the oasis. He added more boxwood and sprigs of cypress - "It's very soft. It smells wonderful," Gifft said.

Again, lemons, apples and roses were used to complete the arrangement.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Gifft turned a simple terra cotta flowerpot into a berry- and greenery-laden candleholder. The centerpiece was a wooden-handled wire basket that held a muted rose-color "cake" candle. A jar candle also would work, Gifft said. He cautioned against having the greens too high, so the candle can be safely lighted.

Around the candle, Gifft used long sprigs of green seeded eucalyptus and cascading bunches of silk berries, ranging from white, to rose, to deep purple. Silk greens have come a long way, Gifft said. He also used red apples and a couple of yellow ones to add brightness.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> A silk berry garland and a bunch of wheat provided Gifft with some instant inspiration. "Don't be afraid of it," he advised. He recommended spreading out the berries and tying the wheat with some raffia.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Gifft used a sleigh and a rustic wooden Santa for a large holiday arrangement. He loaded it with greens, sprigs of pine with pinecones, holly, bunches of nandina berries, securing them with hot glue.

"Ladies, there's no rhyme or reason how you put them in," Gifft said. If you like the way it looks, leave it that way. "Don't make everyone else happy. Make yourself happy. That's the whole thing," Gifft said.

For color, Gifft added short lengths of plaid ribbon, a couple of birds, and a few large snowflakes. He finished with a "tail" of streams of plaid ribbon, cascading from the arrangement at the side of the sleigh.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The big color for Christmas this year is amethyst, a shade of purple, according to Gifft.

He spread out the branches of a 30-inch artificial wreath. He secured a golden angel to the left side and lengths of amethyst and silver ribbon to the right by pinching the branches around them. Ribbon goes on before decorations, Gifft advised. With hot glue, he fastened silk magnolia leaves, white and crystal berries, sparkly ivy, a few pieces of frosted artificial fruit and a couple of elegant birds, all in varying tones of purple, mauve, greens and gold.

"I bet you never knew you could get so much stuff on a wreath," Gifft said.

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