Summer house could form base for Christmas parties

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Homeowners could improve their festive celebrations this year by making better use of the garden, it has been suggested.

Bunny Guinness, a gardening writer for the Daily Telegraph, noted that her own Christmas preparations often see her "scurrying around in the garden" in an attempt to find attractive plants and branches for decorations.

"Everyone pitches in, especially friends, who adore spraying, snipping, trimming and tying," she said.

"For me, the ritual of putting up the decorations signals the start of the festive season proper."

Ms Guinness also spoke of her pleasure at hosting an "outdoor Christmas party" last year. A spacious, heated summer house could provide an excellent setting for such an event.

The writer said she had made "some quite elaborate chandeliers" for the party from antlers given to her by a local gamekeeper.

Earlier this week, meanwhile, Helen Round, garden manager at RHS Rosemoor near Torrington, told that her team had made a number of preparations ahead of the cold snap which included taking cuttings of more vulnerable plants and leaving them inside garden buildings like nurseries.

Posted by Martin Corby
    - 24 December 2010
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