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GEORGIA Gardens

By Helen Newling Lawson * All photos courtesy of Hills & Dales Estate

Making a boxwood wreath
Step-by-step how-to from Hills & Dales Estate

H

ills & Dales Estate, the former home of the
Fuller E. Callaway family in LaGrange, is
famed for the historic boxwood parterres
that adorn the terraced hillside gardens. Planted by
former landowner Sarah Ferrell about 175 years ago,
these meticulously shaped hedges unify and contain
one of the best-preserved 19th-century gardens in
the United States.
Every December, Hills & Dales hosts several
wreath-making workshops using branches clipped
from these boxwood hedges.
" Done properly, taking these cuttings actually
helps light and air get down into your boxwoods,
which is important for creating fuller, healthier
bushes, " says Jo Phillips, Hills & Dales' head
horticulturist.
She advises thinning your shrubs by selecting a
number of smaller branches and cutting each back
to a main branch. Phillips warns that all-over shearing should be done only in warmer weather, because
it will encourage tender new growth that can be
damaged by cold.

From left, Sarah Holle, Claire White and Brittany
Hutchinson have an annual tradition of attending
Hills & Dales' wreath workshop.

Here are directions for making a wreath at home.

Materials needed for wreath

Whether as a private home or a public garden, the boxwood parterres at
Hills & Dales have been open for the enjoyment of the community. Fuller E.
Callaway played among the hedges as a child.

* Boxwood branches
* 14-inch straw wreath form (available at craft stores
or online)
* Several dozen metal greening pins (available
where floral supplies are sold)
* 18-gauge green florist wire or stem wire
* Pruners
* Optional: premade bow or wired ribbon for
creating your own bow
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