Hands at work during the Westport Garden Club's annual wreath-making workshop. / Photo by Corrina Palarino
Hands at work during the Westport Garden Club’s annual wreath-making workshop. / Photo by Corrina Palarino

By Corrina Palarino

WESTPORT — The Westport Garden Club on Sunday brought its annual wreath-making tradition to the Westport Museum of History and Culture.

Each year, garden club members assemble wreaths from 20 to 26 inches, usually to decorate municipal buildings.

This year, participants were allowed to make them for home. They brought pine cones, berry stems, eucalyptus, white birch branches and more to adorn the wreaths.

Taking inspiration from those around the room and bouncing ideas back and forth, Kelle Ruden, Ginger Donaher, and Nathalie Fonteynie from the garden club directed and assisted people assembling wreaths.

Participants appeared happy, and thankful.

“I’d do this again next year,” Gail Matuska said.

While turkeys roast and Mariah Carey continues to defrost, it’s easy to get caught up in the quick jump from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas. The Westport Museum for History and Culture, in November and through December, hosts a series of Holly Days programs.

The Holly Days programs, the museum said, are a great way to bring together different cultures in a community. This is the third year of the Holly Days programs, but the first year holding the wreath making workshop.

Participants in the annual wreath-making workshop at the Westport Museum for History and Culture. Front: Julie Ballard, Gail Matuska, Tania Pressdee, Toni Mickiewicz, Liz George Back: Andrea Rubin, Kelle Ruden, Ginger Donaher, Katelyn Matuska, Michaela MacColl. / Photo by Corrina Palarino
Participants in the annual wreath-making workshop at the Westport Museum for History and Culture. Front: Julie Ballard, Gail Matuska, Tania Pressdee, Toni Mickiewicz, Liz George Back: Andrea Rubin, Kelle Ruden, Ginger Donaher, Katelyn Matuska, Michaela MacColl. / Photo by Corrina Palarino

The Westport Garden Club is one of the 10 oldest garden clubs in New England, according to its website.