Every year, the gardeners at National Trust Cotehele create a christmas garland in the great hall. The garland is 60 feet long and based on a green base of Pittosporum into which thousands of dried flowers are poked-this year, there are 32,000. The garland is built over a period of 2 weeks each autumn during which the hall is open for visitors to come see how the garland is built. After the garland is finished, it will remain in place until early January, and choirs will sing regularly underneath the garland at concerts open to the public.
The garland is the centerpiece, but the rest of the hall is decorated as well-the doorways are decorated with greenery embellished with various flowers and berries found on the estate, the walls are hung with beech branches, and flower arrangements are placed on the table. It really is an amazing sight and well worth seeing for anybody in Cornwall this time of year!