Decorating with fresh greenery is one of the oldest winter holiday traditions.
Please be responsible when gathering greenery. Make sure you are not trespassing on private property or violating state plant-protection laws.
With a little planning your own landscape can be a great place to look for holiday greenery. When gathering live greenery from your shrubs and trees, remember that you are actually pruning the plants. Consider carefully which branches to cut and which ones to leave. Distribute the cuts evenly around the plant in order to preserve its natural form.
Grow Native Nursery
Give the nursery staff a call for information about our current inventory of cut greens and plants to add to your landscape.
Grow Native Nursery Claremont (909) 625-8767 ext. 404
Grow Native Nursery in the Veterans Garden (424) 234-0481
Native Plant Clinics
Please visit our free monthly Native Plant Clinic for insights into the careful skill of plant pruning.
Dried evergreens can become flammable when in contact with a heat source such as a candle flame. Keep fresh greenery away from all heat sources.
Make sure that any wreaths, roping and garlands that you bring indoors are as fresh as possible. Check needles by bending them. They should be flexible and not break. Avoid greenery that are shedding or that have brown, dry tips. Before bringing the greenery inside, soak them in water overnight to rehydrate them.
Try to keep plants out of the reach of children and curious pets.
Below are some suggested varieties to use in holiday decorating.
Abies bracteata * (may require irrigation)
Abies grandis* (may require irrigation)
Calocedrus decurrens*(may require irrigation)
Pinus attenuata* (may require irrigation)
Juniperus occidentalis var. occidentalis* (may require irrigation)
Sequoia sempervirens* (may require irrigation)
Juniperus occidentalis var. australis * (may require irrigation)
Thuja plicata* (may require irrigation)
Abies concolor* (may require irrigation)
Decorative berries, foliage, floral displays
Big Cone Douglas Fir
Oregon Western Juniper
Parry Pinyon Pine
Santa Cruz Cypress
Sierra Western Juniper
Singleaf Pinyon Pine
Western Red Cedar
Barberry (holly-like foliage)
Madrone ( berries)
Sugar bush (foliage, flower buds)
Toyon (berries) (note: it is illegal to harvest this in some places)