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Winter Cornucopia

Make a Cornucopia from the Garden

NEBLINE Newsletter Article by Mary Jane Frogge, UNL Extension Associate

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Decorate for the fall season with a cornucopia and use materials collected from your garden or landscape (photo above). Start with a horn shaped basket available at most craft stores. From the garden, collect mini pumpkins, winter squash, okra, peppers, ornamental corn, and gourds. From the orchard, select apples and pears. From the landscape, collect pine cones, acorns, ornamental grasses, perennial flowers, rose hips, bittersweet, and tree and shrub leaves with fall color. Perennial plants with unique or colorful pods include Oriental poppy and Chinese lanterns.

Enjoy your display through the fall, then when the snow flies, turn it into a winter decoration (photo right). Collect greenery from pines, spruce, arborvitae, junipers, and fir trees. Add red apples or crab apples. Dress up the pine cones by dipping them in white, silver, or gold paint. Have fun, be creative, and enjoy!


This resource appeared in The November/December 2012 NEBLINE Newsletter. For information on reproducing this article or using any photographs or graphics, read the Terms of Use statement

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