The gift from the garden

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Your garden gives up some beautiful gifts of its own at this time of year – allowing you to bring the outside into the home.

By using your garden as a resource you can create some simple, yet beautiful decorative displays for the Christmas festivities. A great use for your winter prunings is to arrange bare or lichen-covered twigs in a tall glass vase and festoon with tea light holders or use lengths of trailing ivy and evergreen foliage twisted into swags for looping along mantelpieces or winding round banisters. Sprigs of aromatic leaves and herbs – bay, rosemary, sage, thyme etc – arranged around a large candle to make a fragrant table centre piece.

If you can’t source your Christmas greenery from your own garden that take a trip down to your local garden centre where you’ll find just about everything you need – Christmas trees, Christmas decorations and gift ideas including the gardener’s dream present – National Garden Gift Vouchers.

Small living Christmas trees can be bought in pots for children - so that each year they can be brought inside for the festivities. Alternatively, with just one £50 National Garden Gift Voucher you can create your own permanent Christmas decoration in the garden. Buy a larger living Christmas tree and plant it in a good position for future growth.