Pastry chef Kathy Skutecki shows you how to decorate gingerbread houses like the ones she made for the entrance to the Wonderland Express exhibition. Visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/wonderland for more information.
Nancy Clifton, horticultural program specialist, shows us some of the wreaths she made for the Wonderland Express exhibition. She also shows you how to make a simple mixed pine cone wreath on a grapevine base. You can take classes with Nancy through the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden or get ideas at Wonderland Express, Nov. 25, 2011 through Jan. 1, 2012. Visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/wonderland for more information.
The horticulturists at the Garden created a new winter display in the Heritage Garden this year. As part of the Wonderland Express exhibition, they arranged willow branches and evergreens to great effect. See how it was done with this video, then come see it for yourself! http://www.chicagobotanic.org/wonderland.
Many of the wreaths you see outside the Wonderland Express exhibition were designed by the Garden’s own horticulturists. We stopped by to watch them put together their wreaths for the display. See their completed wreaths as well as many wreaths designed by local florists and garden centers when the exhibition opens on November 27. To learn how to make your own, see our list of holiday decorating classes at chicagobotanic.org/school/holiday.
We’re taking you behind the scenes to see what it takes to put together the 10,000-square-foot Wonderland Express exhibition. Crews were cleaning up and repairing the Chicago landmark buildings before they’re placed in the exhibition. Watch to see this year’s new features and learn about their natural building materials.