Marigold garlands are a fun and easy way to bring fall inside your home.
The flowers themselves hold a long history in many religions, including Buddhism, Catholicism, and Hinduism. One tale suggests that the flowers got their name as it’s what Mary carried in her purse as she traveled with Joseph and Jesus. She was robbed and the thieves found her purse full of golden flowers. Others say that the flowers were left as an offering to the virgin mother. In South and Central American Indigenous cultures, the flowers have an extensive history of medicinal uses as well as being used during Dia del Los Muertos and other ceremonies.
Marigolds are fun and easy to grow! They tolerate light frosts (if you cover them!) and are deer resistant. They also come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Adding a pop of color to your garden is easy and beneficial to other plants, as they also keep buggies at bay.
Making the garland...
You’ll need a few supplies to make the garlands: fishing line, a big needle, and marigolds. I use a 15lb line for my garlands. The largest one I’ve made is only 15 feet, and I felt very secure in my line strength. I got a pack of upholstery needles from the craft store. They are long and sturdy, and very easy to thread. Get creative with colors and patterns! I grow a variety of blooms, and love seeing how they work together!