Christmas officially arrives at Plantation | Knutsford Times

Christmas officially arrives at Plantation

By on December 11, 2010

Plantation is a family run business just outside Knutsford and is the perfect Garden Centre destination for plant experts and novice gardeners alike.

They have a huge range of trees, plants and shrubs that with the help of their friendly team can really give your garden a unique look.

Last Friday though, the focus was on a much more seasonal topic, with their resident expert offering ingenious tips on how to give your Christmas Tree that professionally decorated look.  The clever twist on this event was that all the items used in the decorations themselves were sourced from either your garden, or your kitchen.

On a cold, dark and snowy evening I was guided towards the cosy lights of the Plantation café by a beautifully, torch lit pathway. Once inside, Janet and Jo who organised this event greeted me with a wonderfully warming glass of spiced mulled wine.

I took the opportunity to have a quick chat with Janet who explained to me what had inspired them to choose this subject for their first Christmas event.  She has been working in the industry for over 16 years and in that time has picked up a wealth of experience about which plants you can make into garlands, wreaths and decorations for your tree.  Janet said “The market for Christmas decorations is enormous making it confusing and potentialy hugely expensive to choose a theme for your tree.  This evening we wanted to offer people a simple and effective alternative”.

With a full house, all in place, Janet began to unravel the mysteries of Christmas décor including which tree to choose, how to test the spacing on your fairy lights, making a natural garland with pine cones, dried oranges and Cinnamon sticks and some ideas for edible treats to hang on your tree.

Janet used materials that included, Dogwood, Dry hydrangea heads sprayed gold, and autumn leaves.  Not only did these natural materials add wonderful colour to the tree but also the aroma that filled the room was wonderfully Christmassy.

Next was the chance for all the guests to enjoy the delights of a superbly cooked three-course meal that was provided to all guests as part of the evening.  The menu included, generous portions of a rich and creamy Parsnip soup and Turkey with all the trimmings with fresh winter vegetables.

I left this event feeling inspired, a great Christmas outing.  Thank you Plantation.

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