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Seasonal Decorating Session
Set in Arboretum Dec. 3

By Ralph Derickson

 

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"The kind of material we will be looking for are dry hydrangea, and we spray them gold. Just a variety of materials can be used in indoor and outdoor holiday decorations."

-- Sharon Bale, a floriculturist in the University of Kentucky horticulture department

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Lexington, Ky. (Nov. 26, 2002) -- Sharon Bale, a floriculturist in the University of Kentucky horticulture department, will lead a group through the UK/Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Arboretum garden at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, to identify and collect material for seasonal displays.

"The kind of material we will be looking for are dry hydrangea, and we spray them gold. Just a variety of materials can be used in indoor and outdoor holiday decorations," Bale said.

"For example you can make roping out of taxus and hemlock," Bale added, "but that kind of roping would be better for outdoor decorations because it would not hold up for indoor decorations."

Bale has been a floriculturist at UK for more than 20 years and thinks the UK Arboretum is a premier classroom for plant study. It's also a research laboratory, she said, "because we also use the Arboretum to try new plants and flowers to see how they will do."

After gathering materials, the seasonal decorating class will then move inside the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center where seasonal displays will be created. The fee is $5 with a 20 percent discount for Friends of the Arboretum members. To register for the class, call 257-9339.


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