Green Christmas

Sat, 07/12/2013 - 11:00am - Sat, 14/12/2013 - 1:00pm
Botanic Garden


Green Christmas is our annual family friendly event to celebrate this festive time of year.  We like to keep it green, so the decorations we make use either natural materials or involve recycling other materials.  The aim is to decorate our Christmas tree in a "green” and carbon neutral way, so we don’t use tinsel, plastic baubles or lights.

There was a range of activities available:
  • Scavenger bowls and bags were provided, to collect natural materials from the ground around the Botanic Garden.
  • A range of natural materials, collected in advance of the event from the Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum, were also provided.  These included pine cones, Chinese lanterns (Physalis), teasels, pine needles, red and green dogwood stems (Cornus) and hazel stems.  With a little bit of glue, glitter, sugar, spice and imagination, these were turned into an array of beautiful decorations, including spicey and frosted pine cones, mini wreaths and more.
  • Families were able to either add their decorations to our tree, or take them home to add to their own tree.
  • There was also a trail to celebrate Christmas, to help families explore the Garden looking for some of the most famous plants we associate with this time of year.
  • On 14th December we were fortunate to be joined by the RSPB, who were helping families to make simple bird-friendly feeders to encourage our feathered friends into our Gardens at this time of year.
  • We also had refreshments available for sale, from the Friends of the Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum.





Feedback from participants

  • I love Christmas!  Thank you!
  • Great ideas, lots of creative materials!
  • Thank you for a lovely morning.  Esther
  • Brilliant idea. Kids & parents loved it!
  • A wonderful event.  Lovely atmosphere very helpful helpers.  Thank you.
  • I realy likd (sic) making a reaf (sic)
  • Very friendly staff!  Nice event idea.  Thanks.  Can you breed some non-spikey holly for next year please.



This event was featured in the Oxford Mail.



If you weren't able to make it to this event don't worry!

  • Download a copy of the Christmas trail here.
  • Download a copy of the Green Christmas event report here.