Carol uses an extra room in her house to dry and store the plants she gathers, but she says a dark, well-ventilated attic or closet would make an ideal temporary drying room. Choose a space with low moisture levels to prevent mildew, and keep it dark to preserve colors.
Here are Carol's suggestions for successful drying:
•Pick flowers and herbs when they are in full bloom to capture optimum color and texture.
•Harvest leaves and grasses before they begin to turn brown.
•Bunch a few cuttings together with a rubber band, and hang them upside down.
•Leave plenty of space between hangings for good air circulation. And dry corn husks, seaweed, and fruits on a flat screen, allowing air to circulate above and below.
•Let dry for at least three weeks before assembling wreaths.