“I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.” Saul Bass
I don’t necessarily have a green thumb. And I don’t necessarily have a black thumb either. I have a handful of plants that I’ve kept alive, only because I mostly ignore them.
When I learned that the Living Wreath class involved succulents, I signed up immediately. Succulents are hard to kill, right?
I arrived to the Red Butte Garden greenhouse and the tables were covered with metallic wreath rings, moss, soil, and many pots. Many, many types of succulents that I’d never seen before! I thought we’d only have some hens and chicks and aloe vera.
We met our teacher, Briana, who had propagated all of the succulents at Red Butte Garden. In fact, she was dubbed by her coworkers “the succulent queen”! I felt like we were in good hands. She showed us a wreath she made a couple days before in preparation for our class. It was beautiful and I was excited to create.
We first started by creating a wire cradle to keep the moss and soil within the wreath frame. The moss went in next–the moss would hold the plants in place and provide protection to the roots.
Then in went a combination of potting soil, bark, and perlite–to give the plants a place to root.
We then arranged our succulents around the ring. Briana taught us to arrange our “thrillers” in prominent places, our “spillers” in the lower half so they wouldn’t cover anything up as they grew, and our “fillers” everywhere else.
My wreath was starting to take shape–I placed a plant in, I padded it with more soil, then covered it with moss, then wrapped it with floral wire to keep everything together. I was making a mess, but things were looking a little better.
And two hours later, my wreath was done! Despite all my hemming and hawing and arranging and rearranging, it turned out better than I imagined. My wreath was so heavy from all the plants, moss, and soil.
My original plan was to make something that wouldn’t die, but ultimately, I made something beautiful and I love it.
Now, to keep it alive!