December Days of Beauty and Delight
  
 
We welcomed the month of December in with style at our Open House weekend last Saturday and Sunday. My entire staff put in a massive effort to
Santa and the Natureworks elves had fun last weekend!
get ready for this annual event, harvesting and bunching greens, making roping, designing wreaths and arrangements, creating an entire wall of terrariums, even baking cookies. We were tired but very happy on Sunday at 4 pm when we finally put the chain across the parking lot. Yet, we woke up Monday morning and started all over again. This is the week that tons of custom orders are due for wreaths and grave pillows, traditions that are repeated year after year. We have to make TONS more wreaths and lots more roping- our handmade items are flying out of here. Our Facebook Live post last Thursday where Kassie and I showed how we make our own roping and use it for decorating caused us to sell out on roping over the weekend. We will continue to make it every day, but if you need a special length or a mix of certain greens, please call in advance and place an order.  
Kassie proudly shows off her lush, full, fresh handmade roping.

This week my crews are out on the road again, harvesting tons and tons of greens. I also will be filling my car every morning before I drive to work. The scene behind the fence is a hubbub of activity- cutting, bunching, dipping, and restocking our greens bins. We have dozens of kinds of different greens- hemlock, lacebark pine, native cedar, golden Chamaecyparis, blue atlas cedar, Port Oroford cedar, 'Naylor's Blue' cypress, various spruces, white pine, blue berried junipers of various types, 'Green Giant' and American arborvitae... and more each day. It is fun to watch people fill their wagons with greens and berries that they will use to stud their porch pots or make swags. We are hearing that our videos are inspiring many of you to get quite creative this year!
Our bins of fresh cut and bunched greens are restocked every day. Such diversity of texture and form!

This Sunday, December 10th from 1-2 pm, we are SO EXCITED to host a book signing for "The Adventures of Woody and Chuck", a children's book written by our very own Jaime Vestergaard who runs our installation crew and illustrated by his best friend Juan Goglia (who worked on the crew for many years). We adore this book and know you will too. If you have any children on your list this year, or if you are looking for a great gift to donate to a toy drive, take home a few signed copies of The Adventures of Woody and Chuck. They are already working on their second book. You can be sure they find tons of inspiration working in their own organic gardens and those of our clients!
This Sunday from 1-2 Jaime and Juan will be signing copies of their new children's book! We are so proud of them!

We love local gifts. We have already had to restock the all-natural, scented
Bedrock Tree Farm candles are a family affair
candles from Bedrock Tree Farm in Rhode Island. They are made from the needles of the trees at their own tree farm. Most people walk into Natureworks and say "it smells so good in here!" Yup, you are smelling the REAL DEAL, the scent of all the various fresh greens we are using in our creations, inside and out. But once you get home, if you want to capture that evergreen magic, these candles will do the trick!

This Thursday at 4 pm, tune in for another episode of Facebook Live. This week I am calling it "Something Different". I will be showing you many different creative projects such as how to make a swag, creating a mantle spray, and perhaps a living garden basket.  You never know what unusual stems, greens, and other materials we will explore. If you miss the live video, don't worry. They are all archived on the Natureworks Facebook Page.
December 13 - 20 is Hanukkah, The Holiday of Lights -- celebrating the miracle of a little oil that lasted eight days, and continues to illuminate our lives to this day. A fragrant Stephanotis plants, embellished with blue French ribbon, would make a lovely gift, as would our Mole Hollow dripless candles.
Whether it's a beautiful wreath, a CT grown Fraser fir Christmas tree, tiny tabletop arrangements for your friends and co-workers, Natureworks can help you enjoy your shopping and purchase thoughtful gifts.
Remember, we are open every day thru 5 pm on December 23rd. Thursday evenings we are open until 7 pm, an enchanting and quiet time to shop, sip a glass of wine, and relax after work.

 
The Natureworks "merry elves" are still hard at work. We hope you will come in and visit us this week...
  
 
 
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An English Garden Tour

 
 
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Creative  Gift Ideas
 
Woodland themed terrariums are being created every day. 
  • Give the give of education

Register a loved one for the upcoming winter conference featuring 3 fabulous speakers. I am on the Education Committee that planned this event and I am SO excited about it...

Striking a Balance
CT Horticultural Society's 2018 Winter Conference
122 seats available as of Dec. 5th 
Click Here to read all about this exciting winter conference. Registration is limited and the conference will surely sell out. Don't miss this, register today! This would make a really great holiday gift, perhaps accompanied by a book by one of the speakers. We can help with that!  
 
Once you register, stop into Natureworks and pick up a book by one of the speakers. We just restocked
The Living Landscape by Rick Darke and Planting in a Post Wild World co-authored by Claudia West. Both will be conference speakers. We also have Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy who will be speaking at the CT Flower and Garden show in February. We sell discount flower show tickets. Bundle them with a book and watch the anticipation grow! 
  • Give the gift of quality tools

Every gardener needs their own pair of Felco pruning shears and a leather holster to hold them. Flame weeders are also very popular as gifts- last year we sold out by mid-December. They are not only used to burn the weeds, they also help to melt ice on sidewalks and driveways.

  • Give the gift of a winter filled with growing plants 

Whether its a bowl filled with paperwhite Narcissus, planted and ready to bud up and burst into bloom, a giant Amaryllis bulb with a pretty pot and organic

soil, or even a Germination Station complete with seedling tray, greenhouse cover, and the all important heat mat. Microgreen seeds will assure the recipient will not only have a very green winter, but a healthy one too. Don't forget to buy yourself some new houseplants. My windowsills are covered with foliage and flowering plants. Even now, in December, they give me so much joy.

 

 
 
Merry mugs filled with greenery, topped with a pretty little bow
   
 
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A cute pig planter filled with greens and berries 
 
We can make bows of all different types of ribbons- you pick them out, we twist them up!
  
We are making fresh wreaths and roping every day
 
Pick out your CT grown tree 
 
 
This wreath is handmade from the greens we have harvested. Every one we make is different.
 

   

 

 

 

Happy hostess gifts in every size and price range

 
 

We make all natural grave pillows, blankets, and boxes.
   

Adorable ornaments  

fill our walls

  

 
 
 
Upcoming Events 
   

A children's book by Jaime Vestergaard and Juan Goglia.

NEWS FLASH 

Connecticut authors coming to Natureworks in Northford, CT.

Sunday, December 10th from 1pm to 2pm we will be holding a book signing at Natureworks!
The authors of the children's book " The Adventures of Woody and Chuck" will be here to sell and sign their new book. Do the names Jaime Vestergaard and Juan Goglia sound familiar to you?  Jaime works on the Natureworks landscape crew and Juan is a former crew member. Getting a book written by local Connecticut authors makes an ideal gift for giving during the holiday season or a unique gift to be given anytime during the year.  Shop Local!
 
Thursday, December 14th
9 am - 7 pm. We are right in the middle of Christmas shopping and decorating time! We are open late tonight for some relaxing after work shopping. We would be happy to take an order for your Christmas Day centerpiece!

Thursday, December 21st
9 am - 7 pm. Open late for ready-made gifts, terrariums, fresh arrangements, and so much more.  We will offer hot cider, wine and chocolate from 4-7 pm while you shop. 
  
Personalized Gift Cards available in any amount. 
Custom Gift Cards
can be made for any amount
by calling us at 203-484-2748.
 Or to order online, click the image. 
  
 
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Monday 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 5 pm 
Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm 
Thursday 9 am - 7 pm (our late night) 
Friday 9 am - 5 pm 
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm 
Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
 
We are open 7 days per week all the way  
through 5pm on Saturday, December 23, 2017. 


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