Anne Wildeboor (Horticulturist – Seasonal Displays and Events) ties on the final “star” to our trio of whimsical Christmas trees installed in the Visitor Center’s Grand Hall. The trees are a trio of living ‘Van Den Aker‘ Alaska-Cedars (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis) and will be planted outside in the gardens next spring. They are a perfect example of whimsy: some think they look like Dr. Seuss while others are reminded of Charlie Brown’s tree. We contemplated hanging a Grinch or Cat-in-the-Hat hat but the red ornament balls do the trick!
The trio of trees with Anne from another view.
Jennifer Comer (Senior Gardener – Perennial Garden) places the finishing strings of lights on the trees. Volunteers began the process yesterday and said the trees were more difficult to light than they imagined.
Janet Heter (Senior Gardener – Rock & Waterfall Garden) adds some holiday color (white, frilly flowering cyclamen) to a container of Teddy Bear Magnolia in the Grand Hall. The finishing touches of the Christmas display are being completed today but you will have to come out yourself to see the final product. By tomorrow the final poinsettias and the last train will be installed. I think this Grand Hall display along with the fabulous retro aluminum Christmas trees in the conservatory create a most interesting holiday display. Enjoy!