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Decorating the home with fresh, festive plants

By: Gina Cronin, Gina.Cronin@gazette.com
December 5, 2016 Updated: December 5, 2016 at 11:32 am
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Harding Nursery, Inc has everything needed to adorn a home with fresh, native greenery this holiday season. The nursery has been a special part of the Colorado Springs community since 1957. The main nursery on Powers Boulevard has more than twelve acres of stock and many greenhouses, which is a joy to explore during the holidays with family or friends. East of Colorado Springs, they have more than 160 additional acres of growing fields and additional greenhouses. Owner and manager Kristen Burnside shares her holiday tips for bringing locally-grown plants into the home to help deck the halls.

 

For the Stairway

 

The nursery has an abundance of Douglas fir and white fir garland made on-site from Colorado-grown fir trees. The fresh garland can be wrapped along the stairway and decorated with lights, bows or ribbon. Another option, for those looking for something a bit more unique, is to place decorated sprigs evenly-spaced and vertically along the staircase. At either side of the base of the stairs place a decorated, potted Christmas tree. A wide variety of both live and artificial potted trees are available at the nursery. Live trees should be brought into the home ten days prior to Christmas and watered with ice cubes.

 

For the Fireplace

 

Again, around the fireplace it is festive to decorate with fir garland and even berry garland with big bows. The shop at the nursery sells a variety of stockings and wonderful stocking stuffers as well. For an aromatic touch, it’s a smart idea to place pine cones with a cinnamon scent on the mantle, so that as the fire heats it up, the aroma is released into the air.

 

For the Front Door

 

A wreath is a timeless way to decorate the front door. Harding nursery makes and decorates an array of wreaths on-site using native plants and festive colors. People can choose from the wide variety of unique and beautiful wreaths that have already been created or even have one custom made.

 

For the Outside

 

It always looks nice to decorate with garland or potted trees outside, with the garland along the fence and the potted trees lining the walkway or framing the doorway. Evergreens that can give the exterior some extra appeal include juniper, miniature spruce and miniature pines. Harding Nursery also has many different varieties of shrubs with great winter colors, such as red twig dogwood and yellow twig dog wood, as well as gooseberry, holly and snowberry, which keep most of their berries throughout winter. There are also beautiful decorative statues available that can be placed throughout the front, side and backyard.

 

To browse through the native firs, dwarf trees, Christmas trees, bows, ornaments, stocking stuffers and so much more in a fun setting, attend Harding Nursery’s open house on Thanksgiving weekend! On Friday November 25th and Saturday November 26th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the nursery will be sharing free cookies, candy and cider. Anyone who purchases a Christmas tree receives a free ornament up to $7.99. The open house will also feature miniature horses from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and family, children and pet photos with Santa, taken by a professional photographer from Snow Shoe Studios from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Location: Harding Nursery, 721 North Powers Blvd, Colorado Springs. 719-596-5712. HardingNursery.com.

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