I started making wreaths when Smith & Hawken was still owned by Smith & Hawken. I also made them for Crate & Barrel and Gardner's Eden. The purchasing agent for S&M was this talented gal who helped me by suggesting materials that would look nice together. My first big hit was the eucalyptus and pepper berry wreath, still a favorite. I made at least 15 different floral prototypes and sold them to the stores. One year Crate & Barrel purchased 3000 of the euc/pep for their mail order catalog. We made them in my garage. That was a long time ago, before I began designing gardens. I still have a few clients every year that I design wreaths for. This photo is a wreath that I made over the weekend out of boxwood & pepper berries. I've met many wonderful people through making wreaths, there's something significant about this.
It's the form of a circle which has no beginning and no end, and the ever greens attached to it, meaning ever alive. So the next time you see a wreath, you can look it not only as a decoration, but as a symbol of something more.
the crate & barrel catalog 1989