Published: December 19, 2002
preview / download BURBANK, Calif. — December 19, 2002 — Tis the season – the holidays are upon us! Rebecca Kolls, host of the nationally syndicated series Rebeccas Garden has ideas and tips to help you get into the holiday spirit without the added stress. From using personal garden items as gift-wrap to providing tips on how to choose the perfect Christmas tree, Rebeccas ideas are sure to inspire and delight while planting great holiday memories! (Rebeccas Garden is syndicated. Check local listings for time and station).
Here are a few of Rebeccas favorite ideas, with many more on her website, www.rebeccasgarden.com.
GIFT WRAP FROM THE GARDEN
Rebecca Kolls loves getting all wrapped up in the holiday season without spending a dime on paper! Instead, she digs through the recycling bin. Youd be amazed what beautiful gift wrap you can create with simple brown paper embellished with greens, berries and dried fruit all tied up in string – its gift wrap that everybody will be talking about! And dont forget the artistic talents from your kids. Let them in on the fun. Arm them with a couple of paintbrushes, brown paper and let em go! Its gift-wrap that will grow on you!
Speaking of growing, Rebecca loves to give blooming gifts – gifts that will brighten anyones day. Some of her favorites include cyclamen, amaryllis and African violets. Or, you can package your own growing surprise. Paint a medium sized pot. Fill it with a baggie filled with soil, paperwhite bulbs and instructions for planting. Cover the pot with a saucer and wrap with ribbon.
For those who want something more exotic, check out orchids. The easiest to grow is the phalaenopsis, otherwise known as the moth orchid. Either way, these gifts are sure to be a blooming success!
Nothing says the holidays quite like the poinsettia! And you wont believe the variety! Theyre not just red anymore! Whether its jingle bells, monet, or candy cane,’ poinsettias now come in an array of colors, shapes and sizes. Rebeccas website has excellent tips on how to choose your poinsettia and keep it around until next year.
DECORATE SNOW PEOPLE
Theres no need to complain about the snow! Instead of digging out, why not dig in? You’d be surprised what you can do with a little bit of snow and a lot of produce. Rebecca can turn a simple snowman into the finest one in the neighborhood! Using produce such as carrots, beans, olives and peppers and a little imagination puts a new spin on an activity thats an old holiday favorite!
CHOOSING THE PERFECT PINE
Picking the perfect pine for the holiday is a family tradition in the Kolls home. Rebecca helps you understand the varieties and find the perfect tree, make it stay fresh as long as possible and gives tips on what to do with the tree after the holiday cheer. And what about that sap all over your hands? Shes got a simple solution for that too!
For more information on all these great ideas and other holiday tips, visit Rebeccas website at www.rebeccasgarden.com.
Rebeccas Garden is produced by Hearst-Argyle Television Productions and distributed by NBC Enterprises.
Joe Schlosser, NBC Enterprises Publicity, 818-526-6905
Todd Beck, Beck Media & Marketing, (310) 689-7363
Anne Romero, NBC Enterprises Publicity, 818-526-6954