Wreaths don’t have to be round; see creative decorations at Lockwood’s

Photo copyright Connie Oswald Stofko
Wreaths don’t have to be round. Here’s a heart-shaped wreath made by Lockwood’s Greenhouses. Photo copyright Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

If you want something a little different for the holidays, choose a wreath that isn’t round.

You can find creative shapes at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg.

The handmade wreaths at Lockwood’s can be shaped like a heart, Christmas tree, cross, square or rectangle as well as the traditional circle.

You can custom order wreaths, too. Some people come in year after year for the same wreath, said Jill Kisker, grower at Lockwood’s. Others come in wanting a wreath designed around a bird or other ornament.

All of the wreaths are made by hand at Lockwood’s. They’re made of concolor, Douglas or Fraser fir so they won’t drop their needles.

“I’ve had mine up until Easter,” Kisker said, “so they last a long time, even in the house.”

Firs make good Christmas trees, and Lockwood’s grows their own. They also participate in the Trees for Troops program.

Once they have the base of the wreath created out of fir branches, Donna Connolly, decorator, and other employees add adornments.

One of the most popular styles is the natural look, which you see in the heart-shaped, tree-shaped and rectangular wreaths. The designers will add other evergreens, such as white pine, which has long needles; golden arborvitae, whose foliage is mottled with yellow;  incense cedar, which has tiny yellow cones, and juniper, which has pretty blue berries.

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The natural look, with different kinds of greens as well as pine cones, is one of the most popular styles at Lockwood’s Greenhouses. Photo copyright Connie Oswald Stofko

Color is the decorating motif on some wreaths, such as the one below with the bronze bow and round ornaments– It also has some sparkle. Birds and fruit are also popular.

Want to be creative yourself? Sign up for these workshops taking place this weekend at Lockwood’s:

  • Learn how to make a kissing ball in a workshop to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. It’s fun to make a British-style entryway ornament from greens, baubles, cones and bows. The workshop will be led by gardening expert Sally Cunningham. The cost is $38.
  • Make a Christmas centerpiece in a workshop to be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. Design a beautiful Christmas centerpiece for your table or sideboard with mixed greens and natural materials. The workshop will be led by David Clark, horticultural educator. The cost is $45.

    Photo copyright Connie Oswald Stofko
    Birds are popular ornaments for wreaths, say the folks at Lockwood’s. Photo copyright Connie Oswald Stofko

 

Photo copyright Connie Oswald Stofko
Fruit, symbolizing plenty, is the motif for this design from Lockwood’s Greenhouses. Photo copyright Connie Oswald Stofko
Photo copyright Connie Oswald Stofko
Bronze is the color scheme for this wreath by Lockwood’s. Photo copyright Connie Oswald Stofko
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