Watched by millions each year, the Tournament of Roses Parade, held in Pasadena, Calif., is a New Year's Day tradition for many. Celebrating its 125th anniversary, the parade has evolved from the quaint flower-decorated horses and buggies of 1890 to today's elaborate floats featuring high-tech computerized animation and exotic natural materials from around the world. Because the flowers that cover the floats will only live a few days, decorating must be completed in record time.
In the 1960s, a potted plant began appearing as a backdrop for television holiday specials. Very leafy and very red, it was the poinsettia, of course. With prime screen real estate behind Johnny Carson and Bob Hope, the conspicuous plants were an unmistakable message: poinsettias are the Christmas flower.
If garland was a dessert, it’d be your grandmother’s apple pie. Always there at the holidays, always delightful, but never much different than the year before. This season, add a contemporary twist to familiar tradition with new mixed garland and creative displays.
Make your outdoor space merry and bright with a twist on tradition. We teamed up with ShopBoxhill.com to curate a collection of contemporary outdoor products for conversation pieces you won’t want to pack away when the holidays are over.
1. TIN & GLASS STARLIGHT - Designed to be versatile, these stars can stay up all year, great as a single display or group together at different lengths.
"Of the nearly 500 colonists living at Jamestown in the fall of 1609, only 60 remained by the spring of 1610. This period is remembered as "the starving time". The following year remaining colonists redoubled their efforts to grow enough food. They had only the seeds of English plants that were not well adapted to the heat of the Virginia summer.
To celebrate the season, botanic gardens and conservatories decorate their collections with lights, ribbons, and sculptures. From Washington's glowing grapes to Nevada's illuminated cacti, gardens feature their emblematic plants as well as the always-lovely poinsettia.
Bellevue Botanical Garden Bellevue, WA