Designed by Charles Ringger of Myland Farm, this 36-inch wreath was hand-woven onto a grapevine frame using “Nikko Pink” hydrangea, sedum “Autumn Joy,” water lettuce, “Pink Mink” protea, vanda orchids, green baobab pods, horsetail equisetum and “Alba” trachelium. Myland Farm, Stevenson Village Shopping Center, Stevenson, 410-484-5540.
Silver and blue
Andrea Stieff wanted to execute an understated take on the traditional blue and silver of Chanukah. She used dried hydrangea to create a base for this 36-inch wreath, then embellished it with frosted silver glass balls, vintage blue velvet rose leaves and a silver-and-sage polka dot silk ribbon. “I’m a ribbon freak!” she says. “I seek out manufacturers that specialize in millinery-quality ribbons, some of which are vintage. I buy bolts and bolts, waiting for the perfect opportunity to add the finishing touch to a wreath or bouquet.” Andrea Stieff Designs, 410-823-3669. http://www.andreastieffdesigns.com
“I’m all about natural elements, many of them unexpected,” says floral designer Carole A. Langrall of A Garden of Earthly Delights, whose designs are often inspired by medieval Dutch and Flemish floral paintings. For this square-shaped holiday wreath, Langrall wanted to interpret the holiday theme with natural elements in green. Working on a concept with Tracy Jacobs, she started with a styrofoam base and used fresh magnolia leaves, horsetail, flowering kale and green sheet moss to create something unique and indeed, unexpected. A Garden of Earthly Delights, 24 Ridge Road, Catonsville, 410-744-3810, by appointment only.
Stacy Korzelius of Blue Sage took a rustic approach to this holiday-themed wreath. Working with camphor vine as a base, she threaded that through with burgundy grapevines and silver bullion threads, then dressed it with with three velvet roses, artificial grape clusters, burgundy berries, sheet moss and a wine-colored double-faced satin ribbon. “I wanted something subtle and refined,” she says, “and not the classic red and green.” Blue Sage, 2118 Cambridge St., Baltimore, 410-675-7090.
Rather than design a typical holiday-themed arrangement, Randy Woods of Flowers & Fancies chose to celebrate the harvest season with this fall wreath. Using cone hydrangea, China berries, millet, gourds, pumpkins, sunflowers, grapevine and honeysuckle vine, he fashioned a colorful tribute to autumn’s bounty. Flowers & Fancies, 11404 Cronridge Drive, Owings Mills,
The layered look
“I’m a firm believer in the ‘more is more’ concept,” says realtor-cum-floral designer Jake Boone. Here, witness the evidence. “I started with an antique mirror as a base, and just started layering things on.” Those “things” include (silk) hydrangea, poppies, parrot tulips, viburnum berries, artichokes, thistle, various roses, olive branch sprays and French tulips. Jake Boone, 410- 523-0023.
Ring around the rosy
“To signify the season, I wanted to combine deep, rich shades of red with subtle hints of terra cotta,” says Bambi Jenkins of Foxglove Design. This 27-inch wreath is chock-full of fresh-cut roses— deep red Black Magic, crimson Charlotte and variegated Hocus Pocus varieties. The roses are intertwined with red and terra cotta hypericum berries and finished with a wide silk copper-toned bow. Foxglove Design, 2400 Boston St., Baltimore, 410-327-7858.
Horn of plenty
When Andrea Stieff found these 50-inch by 28-inch wicker cornucopia on a trip to New York last year, she was inspired to take a different approach to the classic round wreath. “I’ve been waiting all year to do them up for the holidays. … I just never seem to get enough of that beaded fruit. Every time I see some I have to buy it— it’s an obsession. It just screams ‘over the top,’ but in a good way!” Besides the beaded fruits, she filled the baskets with boxwood, laurel and velvet leaves, and tied it all up with French embroidered ribbon. “I’ve been told my design style can be summed up as ‘understated elegance.’ Well, at Christmastime, I go a little crazy, and here’s the proof!” Andrea Stieff Designs, 410-823-3669. http://www.andreastieffdesigns.com