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Tagawas makes it easy to create a warm holiday welcome with porch pots!

If you’ve never heard of “porch pots,” it’s time you did! Think of a porch pot as a big overflowing bouquet made of fresh greens “planted” in a large container on your porch or any outdoor location where it would make a festive splash.

For help with this blog, I turned to Julie (seen above). She’s a familiar face in our Annuals Department during the summer months. This time of year, she’s all about porch pots … creating them and showing others how to make their own.

It’s kinda like fried chicken…

Whether it’s fried chicken or pizza, no two recipes are quite the same.  It’s that way with porch pots, too. Different people have different tastes. I asked Julie to show me a “basic” design. She chose something she calls her “woodland” porch pot.  She uses lots of greenery (about six pounds of Fraser fir boughs in a 14″ pot), some accents like birch poles, big pine cones, red twig dogwood cuttings, and a festive bow.

Remember “thriller, filler, and spiller?”

These three elements are a helpful way of creating an overflowing pot of annual flowers in the summer, but the same concept applies to designing a porch pot.

Julie creates her “thriller,” the tall center element, with four fairly straight boughs of  Fraser fir.  Once Julie has the tall elements in place, she can begin to see the arrangement as a circle divided into quarters. She then fills in each quarter in similar amounts and sizes of greenery Tagawa’s has several other varieties of fresh greens that can be used as a thriller, too, but Julie says Tagawa’s Fraser bundles are an easy and affordable way to go.

Piece by piece, she keeps adding more greenery. The fillers are a bit shorter than the thrillers and help to give the arrangement a lush, full look   Lastly, she adds the spillers, inserted at a low angle to drape over the side of the pot. Before long, she’s filled in all of the bare spots and she has a huge and somewhat rambling bouquet of green!

Tagawa’s has several other varieties of beautiful fresh greens sold by the pound that can be used mix-and-match in a porch pot, too, but Julie says Tagawa’s pre-bundled Fraser boughs are an easy and affordable way to go.

One special tip:  Fraser boughs create their own contrast!

Julie pointed out something I’d never thought about before: by “flipping” Fraser fir boughs, showing both the top side and the underside of the needles, you can take advantage of the tree’s natural contrasting colors.

The rich green tops of the needles contrasted with the silver-gray bottoms add texture and dimension all on their own.

Time to accessorize!

Julie uses elements like faux birch boughs to add height and drama to her woodland design.

This is just one of several porch pot techniques Julie will be demonstrating from 10:00 to 3:00 on the three weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, following Thanksgiving. Stop by and soak up some of her porch pot enthusiasm! She’s eager to show people that creating beautiful porch pots is easier than they might think!

Here is a video with Lina, one of our custom container gardening and perennial staff, showing how to make a porch pot!

Grab ‘n Go!

If you’d like to have a porch pot decorating your home but don’t have the time or inclination to make one yourself, Tagawa’s is also offering “Grab ‘n Go” ready-made porch pots. Many of them were created by Julie herself!  They’re fully assembled and ready to go. If you want to dress up your porch pot, you can add accents or bling to reflect your own taste.  We have several types of decorations perfectly suited for porch pots on display.

Or invite us to your home or business!

Tagawa’s is in its fifth season of creating porch pots off-site.  The pots will be assembled with conditions like sun/shade, size of container, and individual decorating tastes in mind. Tagawa guests opting for an off-site planting will also be instructed on how best to care for their new “bouquets” of fresh greenery.

Businesses that have used our off-site porch pot service in the past routinely come back from one holiday season to the next. Fifty of our porch pot team’s designs are now on display in and around downtown Castle Rock.

For more information on our Custom Container Porch Pots, call Tagawa’s (303-690-4722) and ask for Deborah in Annuals, or email Deborah@tagawagardens.com. The price of these pots depends on the costs of the greenery, preferred accent pieces, and off-site labor.

Here is a video with Deborah about our holiday porch pot custom planting service!

Don’t wait ’til your holiday schedule gets hectic! Get a jump on your porch pot decorating now! With proper care, these lovely celebrations of the holidays can last for two months or more.

There are lots of holiday festivities coming up at Tagawa’s. Here is a link to our Events page for a list of features!





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Luan Akin
Luan Akin
Tagawa Gardens Outreach Ambassador

After 30 years as a news reporter for KCNC TV in Denver, Luan Akin was ready for a change. In 2008, she came to Tagawa Gardens and offered to create a brand new position: Garden Outreach Ambassador.

Luan had trained and volunteered as a Douglas County Master Gardener for ten years. In addition to her duties as a news reporter, working primarily out of the Channel 4 News helicopter, Luan also produced and presented a long-running series of stories called “Gardening Together.”

All these years later, Luan now works year ‘round, presenting a variety of gardening and nature-related topics to hundreds of children, HOA’s, gardening clubs, church groups, small businesses and other organizations.

She is an avid gardener, a beekeeper and a proud mom to four dogs who have trained her well.


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