The theme for November’s Garden Therapy program at the Brookfield Senior Center was “Scents and Sensibility… Bringing nature indoors for the holidays”. Each participant was able to make two orange and clove pomanders that were decorated with ribbon to either hang or to put in a decorative dish. The club supplied evergreen cuttings and pinecones to decorate the dishes. It was a happy gathering of twenty neighborhood seniors and many of them shared memories of having pomanders around the holidays while growing up. By the end of the project, the room smelled fabulous!
Each person also received …
- A handout with a description of the craft, along with the history and care of pomanders. Also mentioned was other natural items that can be used during the holidays to bring in nature’s scents and sights.
- A small satchel filled with spices and dried orange slices to make stovetop potpourri (a recipe for stovetop potpourri was included on the back of the handout).
- Extra evergreen cuttings, red twig dogwood branches and pinecones to decorate indoor or outdoor planters.