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Getting Creative with Seasonal Foliage

As the prospect of venturing outdoors becomes less and less appealing, we’re looking to our interiors to introduce some verdant Feng Shui. If you fancy yourself as green-fingered and are looking for an excuse to get creative with your foliage, these are the local sessions near you where you can create your very own festive terrarium which will sit marvellously in the centre of a Christmas table, or a beautiful homemade wreath – perfect to welcome guests in from the cold.  

Neal’s Nurseries Garden Centre, Wandsworth
The gardening aficionados at Jar and Fern specialise in all things terrarium and have been inspiring green-fingered types with their lovingly handmade terrariums and indoor plants for years. This workshop at Neal’s Nurseries will guide you through the history of terrariums before attendees have a stab at creating their own. Suitable for all, this session caters for all whether you’re a beginner or botanical buff. The team will be heading to Wandsworth bearing a selection of jars and plants for you to pick from, and also a couple of bottles of fizz to welcome guests on arrival.
27 November; 6.30pm; £35

Christmas wreath-making at Denbies
The woodland around Denbies is the perfect creative inspiration for a wintry wreath, with the professionals on hand to offer their expert advice as you use foliage gathered from the surrounding landscape to make the ultimate homely festive decoration. Attendees will enjoy a warming bowl of winter soup and a roll for lunch, plus coffees and teas and a mince pie or two.  
Friday 7 December; 10am-3pm; £38

We are Leafage at Winterville
The team at We are Leafage will be heading to the festivities at Clapham Common’s Winterville and bringing their top terrarium tips in tow. Their special festive workshop puts a Christmassy spin on the classic urban gardening class, with a selection of glass terrariums that function as beautiful baubles to hang from your Christmas tree. Leafage will walk you through the steps to make the ultimate Yuletide terrarium, and attendees will take home two hanging globes alongside a snowman figurine to adorn their home.
2nd & 9th December; 11am-12.30pm; £40

Festive wreath-making at Petersham Nurseries
Embrace the festive foliage of Petersham Nurseries by joining the talented team of gardeners at one of their popular wreath-making workshops. Attendees will learn how to elevate their traditional festive garden wreath above and beyond, turning it into the ultimate tasteful piece. During the class, guests will get to grips with the history of the wreath while enjoying a festive refreshment, and construct their own from the finest seasonal blooms, mosses and winter fruits.
Selected dates throughout November and December; 10am-12.30pm; £100

London Terrariums Workshop at The Palace Gardener
Fulham’s premier garden centre, The Palace Gardener, has teamed up with London Terrariums to run bespoke workshops where guests will produce a miniature garden in a demijohn terrarium that will embellish any Christmas dining table. Attendees will be taught how to fit their jar with an array of fittonia, ivy, pebbles and luscious moss to aesthetically arrange the jar, while discovering how these small ecosystems survive and learning top tips on how to care for their own.
24 January; 10am; £60
The Fulham Gardener

Christmas wreath-making at Fulham Palace
The wintry venue of Fulham Palace is a spectacular spot to create your own verdant wreath to adorn your front door. Running the sessions is the contemporary London-based floristry business, F. Bombe, who will be providing a wealth of valuable knowledge to impart to guests as they entwine foraged foliage around copper frames to make the finished product. The workshop takes place in the Jessie Mylne Education Centre and includes all materials and refreshments.
2pm-4.30pm; see website for prices
Fulham Palace

Wreath-making at Vallebona
The professional florists at Gardenia will be taking residency at Wimbledon’s Vallebona to bring you a festive wreath making workshop. Under the guidance of the professionals, guests will create a bespoke Christmas door wreath to take home, while the hosts provide a delicious Christmassy lunch complete with a few festive tipples to help the creativity flow.
12pm-3pm; £90

Getting Creative with Seasonal Foliage