Doorknob baskets & two more ideas for decorating, gift giving

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Spread Christmas cheer by leaving this doorknob basket on a friend’s door. Photo courtesy Lockwood’s Greenhouses

by Connie Oswald Stofko

Here’s a delightful holiday decoration that I hadn’t seen before: doorknob baskets.

As the name suggests, they’re small woven baskets that you can hang as a decoration on a doorknob. They’re filled with greens grown at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg.

“You can leave one on your neighbor’s door as a surprise,” said Hilary McHale, assistant manager at Lockwood’s. “It’s a little bit of holiday cheer.”

While you could hang them on an inside door, the greens will stay fresher longer if you use them as an outside decoration, she noted.

Another outside decoration is an outdoor planter with an arrangement of greens, also cut at Lockwood’s, along with red osier or berries. If you miss the pot of flowering annuals you had in the summer and the mums you had in autumn, here is a great replacement.

The design is more wintry than Christmasy, McHale said, and it will last for months.

The third idea is something for indoors. It’s a tabletop centerpiece made of boxwood stems arranged in the shape of a Christmas tree. They’re all decorated by hand at Lockwood’s in many styles to match a variety of interiors. You can add lights if you wish.

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Replace those summer annuals and autumn mums with this outdoor winter basket. Photo courtesy Lockwood’s Greenhouses

While this is more Christmasy, it will last long past Dec. 25, McHale said. It makes a lovely hostess gift.

All of these items are available for purchase, but if you’d like to make a botanical holiday craft, there are a few more workshops at Lockwood’s. Hurry, you need to register quickly! Call 649-4684.

The kissing ball workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. The cost is $38. They can’t handle walk-ins because this workshop takes lots of prep. Reserve right now.

The last boxwood tree workshop is fairly full, but call and you may get a spot. It will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. The cost is $38.

The Christmas centerpiece workshop will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. The cost is $45.

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A boxwood tree makes a lovely hostess gift. Photo courtesy Lockwood’s Greenhouses
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