California Native Plant Society Announces Wreath Masters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Bryant
dbryant@cnps.org
916-738-7628

Nov. 25, 2020, Sacramento — The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) has launched Wreath Masters, a friendly competition between botanic gardens, nurseries, CNPS and other partners throughout the state that challenges participants to create holiday wreaths made with California native plants. The competition will culminate in a live event where celebrity judges —  Maurice Harris (Bloom and Plume), Katie Chirgotis (Eothen Floral Studios) and Jennifer Jewell — will determine the winners in six categories, including best in show. 

“We’re imagining a wild mash-up of Great British Bake Off meets California native floral design, aiming to inspire Californians to consider the seasonal beauty, ecological value and horticultural merit of these amazing plants”

“Holiday wreaths are such a fun way to showcase California native plants — not just our conifers like pine and cedar, but Toyon berries, manzanita branches, and even plants like our succulents,” CNPS Senior Communications Director Liv O’Keeffe said. “With more than 6,000 types of native plants, California has more plants than any other state in the U.S. That certainly gives us a lot of potential inspiration!”

The competition draws attention to the vibrant California native plant community and offers Californians the chance to be involved through regional partners and local CNPS chapters. All wreath submissions must feature plants ethically gathered from home and private gardens. Wild foraging is prohibited. 

“We’re imagining a wild mash-up of Great British Bake Off meets California native floral design, aiming to inspire Californians to consider the seasonal beauty, ecological value and horticultural merit of these amazing plants” said David Bryant, CNPS campaigns and engagement manager and organizer of the event.

Wreaths submitted by partners will be posted to social media and on the event’s landing page through Wednesday, December 9. The live Wreath Masters competition will be on Friday, December 18 from 6 pm – 7 pm, where judges will select winners in each category, including:

  • Most “I want to hang this on my door”
  • Most avant-garden
  • Most whimsical
  • Most naturalistic 
  • Kids category (under 18)
  • Best in show

About the California Native Plant Society:

The California Native Plant Society is a statewide organization working to save and celebrate California’s native plants and places via plant science, advocacy, education, and horticulture. CNPS has nearly 10,000 members in 35 chapters throughout California and Baja to promote its mission at the local level. www.cnps.org


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