How-To

Custom Creativity

By Christina Timm

Here at Lynde we find joy in all different types of creativity, so when it comes to our custom designed Spruce Tip Arrangements there is no shortage of creative inspiration. This time of the year we are Santa’s elves creating away in our workshop. At least once a day we are visited by a curious customer excited to see our handy work in person.

Best part of our job is getting to create one-of-a-kind inspirations for our customers. We have an opportunity to work alongside you, getting to know what represents Christmas in your eyes. Whether it be traditional red berries, natural birds, or bright, glittery colors, we have worked with just about every material imaginable. If you do manage to surprise us with something new, we have the masterminds to figure out how to create your vision.

Custom - natural with a pop of red

Custom - natural with a pop of red

Custom - fuzzy owls

Custom - fuzzy owls

Custom - glitter and shimmer flair

Custom - glitter and shimmer flair

Custom Spruce Tip Arrangement

Custom Spruce Tip Arrangement

Any time we have workshops, whether it be for winter greens, fairy gardens, or even summer container gardens, we are always amazed on the variety of creations that come from our customers. That same variety holds true when it comes to our team members. Each person on our team has a unique sense of style. Some like to use natural elements like pine cones and berries while others like to combine different products to create something entirely new and fun.

No matter what your style is we have a team member that can work to bring your vision to life. It’s never too late to get creating. Stop in today to work with a team member. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our blog on creating a spruce tip container step-by-step. See you soon!

Winter Greens

By Christina Timm

Adding Some Texture with Winter Greens

Spruce Tips

Spruce Tips are the main ingredient you need when making a spruce tip container. They have body and volume that fill out a great portion of the container. For a traditional spruce tip container this will be used the most.

 Before you start to create your container, be mindful of which direction your container will be seen from; all the way around or just mainly from the front. This will determine where you place your largest spruce tip. For a front-facing container the largest spruce tip can be placed towards the back. Most spruce tip containers are made with the intention of being seen from every angle. In this case the largest spruce tip will be placed in the center with shorter spruce tips arranged around the center. 

Spruce Tips are in: Accent Greens come next

White Pine, Norway, Noble Fir, Juniper, and Incense Cedar are all accent greens that can provide texture and a unique touch. There are many different types of boughs to choose from, each one providing a little bit different feel.

 White Pine and Incense Cedar both create a softer look. The White Pine has long soft needles that create an airy touch to any spruce tip container. Incense Cedar can provide an elegant look with lush green foliage and a beautiful evergreen smell.

 Norway, Noble Fir, and Juniper are all accent greens that have sturdy blocks of texture. Norway is an amazing filler, providing a greater amount of volume at an equal or lesser cost. Noble Fir is great for filling in larger areas. It works great for window box accents. Juniper is one of the few winter greens that also provides a little extra flair with its blueberries. It is a very natural winter green which almost resembles a bird’s nest.

Winter Greens are in: Time to Personalize

Let the creativity begin. One might say this is the best part. Getting to add some personal flair and create a container that is unique for your home. Birch, curly willow, and red twig dogwood branches are great fillers providing more height. These can add a natural feel and look to complement any winter greens.

Pine cones and berries add natural color without overwhelming the container. Other natural materials like dried hydrangea flowers and grass plumes help create contrast. A bow placed front and center can add the final touch to any spruce tip container.

For a traditional-inspired container try using reds, browns, and tans for a more natural look. For more daring containers use bright bold colors like pink, purple, or blue, and it never hurts to add a little glitter!

Creativity is complete: Prepare for Longevity

To ensure your spruce tip container has the longest life possible be sure to water in the container (no need to water the foliage.) Next, spray wilt stop to help lock in the moisture and keep your winter greens looking fresh and green all winter long.

How to make a Kokedama String Garden

By: Christina Timm

Materials Needed:

  • Peat Moss

  • Lynde Soil

  • Water

  • Sheet Moss

  • Wax-Coated String

  • Scissors

  • And of course, the plant of your choice

10 Easy Steps on how to create a Kokedama String Garden

Step 1: Pre-soak the moss and set aside. We’ll come back to it later

Step 2: Loosen and remove the soil from your plant of choice. 

Helpful Tip: Only remove what the roots will allow. You don’t need to remove all of the soil.

Step 3: Mix equal parts of peat moss, Lynde soil, and about a cup of water.

Step 4: Mix until soil is damp, but not muddy.

Step 5: Press soil into a ball form to create your garden, making sure it’s about the same size at the plant’s roots.

Step 6: Split the ball form in half, place the plant in the middle, and press soil around the root system. 

Helpful Tip: Make sure the soil covers all the roots. Be mindful that the soil rests at the base of the plant stem.

Step 7: Lay your moss out flat. 

Helpful Tip: Make sure the moss is not dripping wet. It helps to squeeze out the excess water before laying it out flat.

Step 8: Place your plant and ball form in the center of the moss. Start pressing the moss to the soil to create your garden. 

Helpful Tip: Continue to squeeze the shape to hold the moss to the soil.

Step 9: Wrap the wax-coated string around your garden and tie off the end. Continue to wrap the string until you think all the moss is secure. Cut the end with scissors and tie off the end.

Step 10: If you want to make a hanging Kokedama simply cut three equal length strings and tie off evenly around the garden.

A Kokedama String Garden is a Japanese method of gardening. It means a ball of soil that is covered in moss from which an ornamental plant can grow from.
2. Loosen and remove soil

2. Loosen and remove soil

4. Mix peat moss, Lynde soil, and water

4. Mix peat moss, Lynde soil, and water

6. Split the ball form in half

6. Split the ball form in half

7. Lay moss out flat

7. Lay moss out flat

8. Press moss to the soil

8. Press moss to the soil

9. Wrap the wax-coated string

9. Wrap the wax-coated string


And there you have it. A Kokedama String Garden made easy in 10 simple steps!

Think you might need help creating your very own Kokedama String Garden. Register for our class Friday, April 27th. Click here to register!

Hanging Kokedama

Hanging Kokedama

Standing Kokedama

Standing Kokedama