The Barren County Cooperative Extension Service is offering  residents an opportunity to learn a different form of holiday decorating this Sunday.

The extension service will be hosting a “creative winter displays” workshop at Green Leaf Nursery Sunday afternoon. A creative winter display is any type of floral arrangement or garden that can be displayed in a container on a porch or in a yard.

“It’s basically where you can make a creative winter container garden for outside your home,” said Kristin Goodin, horticulture extension agent, who will be co-hosting the workshop.

Many people concentrate on decorating the inside of their home but forget to decorate the outside, can’t think of a creative way to decorate outside or can’t afford extensive decorating, Goodin said. Creating a container garden is an affordable and attractive way to decorate outside the home.

Participants in the workshop must bring a pot or other container made out of heavy plastic, wood, clay, ceramic or stoneware, Goodin said, in order for the display to withstand winter weather. Goodin and Cathy Doty, co-owner of Green Leaf, will supply workshop participants with floral foam and clippings from various winter plants to use in the arrangements. Goodin, who previously worked at a florist shop, and Doty, who runs a florist as well as the nursery, will be using their florist backgrounds to help attendees use their natural creativity to arrange a winter display to decorate their home for Christmas.

“We’re just trying to show people how to be creative and you don’t have to spend much money,” Goodin said.

The cost of the workshop is $15, along with bringing a container. It won’t break the bank for those who need to save money for Christmas shopping, Goodin said.

Goodin herself didn’t know about winter container gardens until last year, she said, so she is looking forward to making several for her own home, as well as showing others how to do it. It will be a first for this type of workshop through the extension service as well as the first time Doty has helped put one on.

“This is actually the first time we’re doing this together, so I’m really excited about it,” Goodin said.

The container gardens can last throughout the holidays, Goodin said. If any of the greenery wilts, it’s easy to replace it. The displays will continue to provide holiday color outside the home for family and friends to enjoy when visiting.

“You know how they say deck the halls, well this is deck your yard,” Goodin said.

The workshop will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. Participants must pay $15, and those who pay by Friday guarantee themselves a spot in the workshop, Goodin said. The event is limited to 25 people. Green Leaf Nursery is located at 2918 Scottsville Road, and those with questions or who would like to register for the creative winter displays workshop may call the extension service at (270) 651-3818.

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