Last year (in 2009) I signed up to do a wreath-making class at Descanso Gardens and loved it. They trim the trees in their gardens and then have a class to instruct people on how to create a wreath. Very fun!
Last year’s class was a big class and I was at the back of the class (because I got there slightly late) and I ended up making my wreath out of eucalyptus. At the time, I was really bummed out because I envisioned a more traditional wreath. But, in reality, I really liked my eucalyptus wreath and was quite happy with how it turned out. Plus, it had a very nice scent for quite awhile.
I signed up for the class again this year (December 2010). This time, I knew to show up early so that I could be at the front of the class and be first to the materials I wanted to use. It ended up showing up was not so necessary–the class was much smaller (like half the size!) and there was plenty of materials to use.
For this year’s wreath, I chose to make it out of juniper (I think). I am quite pleased with how it came out and it, too, smelled good for quite awhile. I especially liked that it was festive, but didn’t necessarily scream Christmas because I used more of a gold/purple color scheme.