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By Robby McKittrick
Hometown Weekly Reporter
On Tuesday, November 13, members of the Sherborn Garden Club and other residents of the community visited the Sherborn Community Center to learn how to make succulent pumpkin centerpieces.
The owner of The Captured Garden, Deborah Trickett, ran the workshops, and she explained why these pumpkin centerpieces are particularly useful at this time of year.
“These are all the rage now,” Trickett said. “With Thanksgiving coming up, we are going to be making these livable centerpieces… It’s really just fun.”
“You don’t even carve the pumpkins,” she added. “You just put the succulents on top and bring it to someone’s house. It definitely beats a bottle of wine.”
The centerpieces consisted of normal pumpkins with succulents (juicy leaves) glued on top for decoration. Trickett brought a variety of succulents to the workshop, which were all “different shapes and sizes and colors,” as well as a couple of examples of centerpieces that she made previously.
There were around 20 community members who showed up to the class, and they were all interested in creating these household decorations.
“I love putting things together, and this succulent on the pumpkin intrigued me,” explained Garden Club Secretary Vicki Ten Eick. “I am here to take notes and help out … We all take what we make and use it well.”
“We think it’s a fine opportunity to see town community members and do something creative,” added another Garden Club board member, Lauren Guillette.
Trickett began the workshop by describing the fascination people have with succulent pumpkin centerpieces. Then, she showed the group the different type of succulents and explained the process for making the centerpieces.
Then, with the instruction of Trickett, the group grabbed their own pumpkins and started making their decorations.
“To me, it’s always fun to see how people interpret it,” Trickett explained.
Trickett further explained why she enjoys creating these pumpkin centerpieces.
“I just think that life is very busy and there is a lot of heavy stuff going on so it is nice to just sit down and craft,” she said. “Whenever you are working with your hands you … lose track of time, and at the end, you have something beautiful to show for it.”