Wreath making has arrived! When November rolls around students learn how to look at plants in a whole new light. Instead of thinking about landscape usage and sun or shade conditions, we think about bling and flair, color and texture for a holiday wreath. It starts with collecting the bones of the wreath or the green boughs that will make up the major portion of the wreath. For this we use Leyland Cypress, Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar. Luckily a windstorm recently swept through Western Washington and we benefited from windblown branches that had been knocked to the ground. These are great because they are from the top of the trees, have received lots of sun and have nice full growth. Good wreath material! After collecting the greens, we scour the campus and surrounding areas for accent plants. Holly, Beauty Berry, Karl Foerster Grass...anything that provides a touch of individuality to the wreath. Students learn that many of the plants they have been studying all year can combine to make an amazing wreath. Nothing is better than presenting loved one with a wreath made from xCupressocyparis leylandii, Gaultheria shallon, Psuedotsuga menziesii, Lanvandula angustifolia, Corylopsis pauciflora, Cornus sericea and, of course, Callicarpa bodinieri, a class favorite. Wreath making has become a favorite Horticulture holiday tradition.