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.”
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.
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.