Free Cookies and Coffee and Crafts and Gifts and Greens Galore!

ok, so I don’t have any cookies and coffee for you, but I can tell you where you can get some!! If you are near Seattle, please try to make it to the The Arboretum Foundation’s beloved holiday sale, Gifts & Greens Galore. Get ready because it’s starting now! The event takes place today and tomorrow,  Friday, December 7, from 12 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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I was recently invited to attend the sneak preview and it was pretty cool!  I had never been to the event, so I was curious to find out more about it. The invite said crafts so how could I resist??

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The annual event is a fund-raiser for the amazingly beautiful Arboretum, right in the middle of our fair city! The sale offers a one-of-a-kind selection of eco-friendly botanical decorations. While I was there donors were dropping off all sorts of beautiful clippings perfect for holiday decorating. The clippings, from both donors and from around the Arboretum,  are all sorted and sold by the pound. Not only can you buy the clippings to make into your own creations, but you can also pick up locally sourced and sustainably harvested wreaths, swags, and garlands.

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Isn’t that hydrangea wreath fantastic? it was also made by local volunteers. Love it!

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There’s also a great sale to pick up Christmas presents, including these great terrariums! And some great DIY demonstrations:

On Friday at 1 p.m., author and outdoor living expert Debra Prinzing will show shoppers how to create beautiful holiday centerpieces using seasonal, locally grown materials;

Northwest lifestyle and entertaining expert Alexandra Hedin will give a demo on Saturday at 11 a.m. about unique ways fresh greens can be used for the holidays;

Sue Mariotti of The Terrarium Shop on Etsy will show you how to build a miniature terrarium (so hot right now!) on Friday, from 2 to 4 p.m.,

And Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Foundation volunteer craft specialists and educators from UW Botanic Gardens will also host show-and-tell activities during the event, one of which we got to make!

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These great little wreaths are made from ivy branches. Since ivy is an invasive species, the event will not be selling any of it, but it can be used in crafting!!! Lisa, the Education Program Assistant at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, was there directing us on making these cute little wreaths. I love my super little simple one. Just a little bit of ivy branches, a pine clipping, a little mini pine cone nut thingy (you can see I’m not real up on my planting terminology) and some ribbon!

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I loved seeing all their ideas on different ways to use clippings, from your own home or from their sale, as decorating embellishments! Check out that star place setting. How cute is that???

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And thank you so much to The Arboretum’s local coffee roaster. Zoka Coffee, so offering free coffee for the event and to Cougar Mountain Cookies for the delicious cookies. Be sure to taste a little of both while you’re there (for free!)!

We also got to make another cute craft! But I’m saving it ’till tomorrow! Come back!!

And the details again….

The Arboretum Foundation’s beloved holiday sale, Gifts & Greens Galore, returns to the Graham Visitors Center at Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle, on Friday, December 7, from 12 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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