New Quarter Park is hosting a special holiday edition of its “Make & Take” program Saturday, allowing participants to craft their own beautiful holiday centerpieces out of native Virginian plants.
Mary Turnbull, a Master Naturalist and member of the Virginia Native Plant Society, will lead the program, drawing on her knowledge of and passion for the wide variety of beautiful and seasonal plants that can be found right here in the Historic Triangle.
Participants will be provided with all the materials they need – baskets, ribbons and greenery – to make a festive holiday centerpiece that can adorn a Christmas dinner table or be made into an elegant gift for someone special.
Plants used for this year’s craft include coral honeysuckle, yucca, winterberry, American holly, eastern red cedar, sweet bay magnolia, loblolly pine cone, Virginia pine and sweetgum fruit. All of these plants are native to the Commonwealth and have been collected throughout the park and other local outdoor spaces by members of York County’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
Though greenery will be in full evidence among this hardy group of plants, many of them will also sport bright berries or interesting textural properties to provide the centerpieces with richness and depth.
Throughout the session, Turnbull will provide information to participants about both the plants themselves and the art of arranging them. She will also give brief lessons on making festive bows to adorn the centerpieces with the ribbon provided.
While working on their decorations participants can also enjoy complimentary hot cider, hot cocoa and holiday cookies.
This free program will begin at 10 a.m. and last until noon. It will take place at New Quarter Park’s Shelter 4 and is open to the general public.