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A Gardeners Christmas: Organic inspired decorations for your tree

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 12th

This Christmas consider trying some organically inspired decorating options for the garden lover in you. They can offer some cost saving choices and bring a natural feel to your holiday tree.

Tillandsias, also known as air plants, are a type of bromeliad that grows in trees without the need of soil. Just dip them in water once or twice a week as needed and they are good to go. We use them on our trees placed inside glass ball ornaments accented with various types of mosses, raffia, etc. It creates a beautiful display that catches the light and showcases your tillandsia. The Edison & Ford Garden Shoppe has three sizes of glass ornaments available for purchase, as well as, a nice selection of tillandsias.

A tree just isn’t complete without some garland weaved through the branches. We used pieces of driftwood strung together on narrow gauge wire or twine. You could also string together strands of nuts, seed pods or pine cones too.  You may also want to try grapevine or raffia garland options too.

There are a wide variety of natural and organic options for you to use to create your overall ‘natural’ theme. Be creative, some of your materials won’t cost a thing and can be collected around the yard, local park or the beach. A naturally decorated tree is a great sustainable alternative to conventional store-bought items. This is a great way to get the kids and family involved, perhaps a school classroom project or a community project at a local center. Whatever you decide, a natural and organically inspired Christmas tree is sure to wow all of your holiday guests!