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Holiday Tree at Kemper Center

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Holiday Tree at Kemper Center

The Kemper Center for Home Gardening is all decked out in its finest holiday decorations! This year’s theme is a “Victorian Christmas” so you will see wonderful creations made from materials used in the 1800s such as pinecones, dried and fresh flowers, fruit, pages from ladies magazines, fabric, doilies, and candles. Since origami was a theme used throughout the year, we made origami stars and snowflakes along with felt cardinal birds for a pop of color and pinecones with crystals to finish the Victorian theme.

Dried Osage oranges, okra, dried flowers and dogwood twigs are used in the fireplace wreath. The sleigh is a favorite every year for family pictures. An origami poinsettia wreath and LED lights decorate the sleigh. Children love to take the reins and guide the sleigh with pretend reindeer. We are hiding ‘Henry’ again this year. If you can spot him, your reward is a candy cane mouse.

Of course the focal-point is our Gourdament Tree. Staff and volunteers use their creativity to make wonderful ornaments using gourds and other materials. The theme this year is ‘All Around the World’.  Please stop in to vote for your favorite gourd. If you see a gourd you can’t live without, there is a silent auction. 

This is our ninth year featuring gourdaments! To see over 450 images of gourdaments created and displayed the past eight years, we invite you to view our new visual guide on Gourdaments. Click on a year and scroll through the images.

Debbie Kirkpatrick, Kemper Horticulture Assistant

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