Decorate with Holiday Greens
Use greenery from your garden, local nursery, or nearby crafts store to make lovely decorations this season.
Collect pinecones as soon as they fall from trees, but don't collect in botanical gardens (it is illegal). Allow the cones to open up in a warm area. If desired, wash the cones in water, using a stiff wire brush to remove any soil.
Preserve pinecones by spraying them with clear lacquer. If this process seems too labor intensive, decorative cones can be purchased at crafts stores.
Shown here: weeping eastern white pine Pinus strobus 'Pendula'