Custom Christmas greens

Clarkston Farm and Garden Club presents its 27th Annual Greens Market, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.
Fresh, natural and personal touches abound, said Anita Andes, serving her 12th year as a leader in Greens Market planning and overseeing the Think Tank, club members developing and designing holiday items. The Greens Market, one of two major fund-raisers the 75-member non-profit group sponsors each year, is at Calvary Lutheran Church, 6805 Bluegrass Drive, off M-15 behind Oxford Bank.
“The overflow of all things holiday puts the community in the seasonal spirit,” Andes said. “Proceeds help the club fund the ever-changing downtown planters, the literary gardens at the library, and the college scholarships and classroom grants.”
Among first-time offerings are Cypress-lemon topiaries in white wooden boxes with bright red bows; gold pine cones decorated with glitzy jewels or pretty birds and hanging from satin ribbons; beautiful little trees covered in “pine cone petals” or covered in tiny pine cones to make a festive holiday centerpiece or add to a winter scene on your windowsill, Andes said.
Returning is the popular greens table, overflowing with a broad spectrum of fresh greenery in various lengths, textures, and aromas for those who want to do some of their own decorating. Boxwood wreaths and birch wood yule logs are among the first items to go, she said.
Gift items include elegant glass ornaments individually packaged in cellophane bags and tied with gossamer ribbons; festive mugs containing packets of gourmet hot chocolate and pretty spoons; and pine cone bird feeders packaged with a red pipe cleaner.
Do-it-yourselfers can use the available lighted wooden spheres to hang a sprig of mistletoe or embellish with fresh greens tied with a pretty ribbon, Andes said.
“Imagine three small clear glass jars mounted on a length of vintage wood and filled with succulents or even battery-powered votive candles. These easy-to-care-for planters are made to hang on the wall, and can be enjoyed all year,” she said.
Custon arrangements created by club members in a variety of sizes, colors and motifs are available for sale. Packages of gift tags made of a natural shade of card stock are available for use as gift tags, place settings, or identifying buffet dishes. Because they are a neutral color, they can be used at any time of the year, Andes said.
Mail tax-deductible contributions to Clarkston Farm and Garden Club, P.O. Box 1011, Clarkston, MI 48347.For additional information on the sale, and more club details, visit

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