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Pot up your own little holiday garden

Green Acres offers ornament-themed container gardening workshop Dec. 16

Are you a hedgehog fan? This little container garden might be your ideal. Or maybe you'd prefer a gnome, or a travel trailer -- or one of several other ornaments available during Green Acres' container garden workshop Dec. 16.

Are you a hedgehog fan? This little container garden might be your ideal. Or maybe you'd prefer a gnome, or a travel trailer -- or one of several other ornaments available during Green Acres' container garden workshop Dec. 16. Photo courtesy Green Acres Nursery & Supply

Dig into some holiday gardening cheer with this hands-on workshop at Green Acres. Learn how to create a super-cute ornament-themed container garden to take home and keep – or give this holiday season. (The workshop makes a nice gift, too.)

Set for 10 a.m. next Saturday, Dec. 16, the “Holiday Ornament-Themed Create Class” will be offered at six Green Acres Nursery & Supply locations: Auburn, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin and Roseville. (At last check, the Roseville workshop was sold out.)

Make sure to sign up in advance. Space is limited to 20 people per location, except Auburn, which is limited to only 10. Classes will be held indoors.

The $30 (plus tax) class fee includes a German 8-inch clay pot, three plants, the ornament of your choice, indoor potting soil, decorative pebbles, moss and expert instruction.

Our experienced garden gurus will guide you in creating a unique pot-up featuring houseplants such as Selaginella (and) Hypoestes, and a holiday ornament of your choice, all styled in a German clay pot,” say the organizers. “Not only will you leave with a beautiful new pot-up, but you’ll also learn care tips. A fun project for holiday gifting!”

Register here: https://idiggreenacres.com/pages/create-class-holiday-ornamental-pot-up

Details, locations and directions: https://idiggreenacres.com/.

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