Lights are one of the bright spots of winter holidays. Holiday lights add life to winter gardens and a warm, cheerful, colorful glow to the long, dark nights of late autumn and winter.
Installing lights is one of those fall activities ideally undertaken on a mild autumn day before Thanksgiving, prior to the real crush of the holidays. You don’t have to turn on your lights until you’re ready, but you’ll enjoy lighting up your yard a lot more if your fingertips aren’t freezing and your ladder doesn’t stand a chance of slipping on ice or snow.
When you add holiday lights to your landscape, you delight not only your household, but also all the passersby. Holiday lights help brighten the world during winter, and some lights work well year-round, adding illumination and imagination to your landscape.
Learn more about lights at Birdsall Garden’s free class
This year, you can design a more brilliant holiday light display with help from an expert from Columbine Design, a landscaping firm. To learn trade secrets, plan to attend a free class at Birdsall Garden on Saturday, November 16, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The sister store of Columbine Design, Birdsall Garden is a family-owned business located at 1540 S Broadway, CO 80210.
Columbine Design’s Freddy Hernandez will share his technical tips and design ideas to help you create a dazzling LED display at your home or business.
If you don’t install your lights correctly, you could damage your garden. Hernandez said the most common mistakes concerning holiday lighting are as follows:
Holiday lights: two most common, dangerous mistakes
“The first mistake people make, especially with the old-fashioned incandescent lights, is to overload the outlets,” Hernandez said.
The other most common mistake concerns electrical cords.
“People often don’t use electrical tape to cover their connections, and these connections are left exposed to the snow or rain,” said Hernandez. “A lot of people also coil the electrical and extension cords together. These cords get really hot, and can even set your mulch or plants on fire.”
Hernandez will offer more details on dos and don’ts as well as design tips at the free class hosted by Birdsall’s. Attendees also can purchase or order holiday lights typically available only to commercial light designers.
If you plan to attend the class, RSVP by calling Birdsall Garden at 303.722.2535 or email them at info@Birdsallgarden.com no later than November 12.
More about Birdsall Garden and enjoying commercial light shows:
• For more on Birdsall Garden, read this article from The Denver Post: “Longtime Denver garden store is changing (gloved) hands”
• For tips on enjoying commercial outdoor light display such as Blossoms of Lights at Denver Botanic Gardens, click this link.
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• Watch “Laid-Back Skier’s” brief YouTube video here.
• Colleen Smith’s first novel, “Glass Halo”—a finalist for the 2010 Santa Fe Literary Prize — is available in hardcover or e—book.
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