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How to Create the Ultimate Holiday Wreath

Friday, December 11, 2015

Source: Hamptons | December 10, 2015 How to make a wreath Clockwise from top left: “Twigs collected on a family hike are all you need to start a wreath,” say The Wreath Recipe Book authors, Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo; Dried hydrangea and gold pinecones give a wreath from The Bridgehampton Florist its East End spirit; This arrangement from The Wreath Recipe Book can be made using a honeysuckle frame adorned with holly branches; “Wreaths are the best way to represent your household character during the holiday season,” says The Bridgehampton Florist’s Michael Grim.“The best wreaths always have an element of surprise or sense of humor,” says Michael Grim of The Bridgehampton Florist, who designs his Christmas wreaths with a few paper-white bulbs with unopened buds hidden among evergreen stems. The result: A few days later, the newly created wreath has transformed from winter themed to a promise of spring. In Western civilization, wreaths date back to Etruscan times when rulers wore golden oak or maple stems as crowns. Greeks and Romans continued with this tradition to show that their lineage went back to their Etruscan ancestors. Wreaths became widely used as symbols of continuity in power circles, sports, agriculture, and later religion. Christians first adopted evergreen wreaths to celebrate everlasting life during the Advent season in 16th-century Germany. But modern wreaths are hardly limited by tradition—there is a bounty of plant material from fall to spring that can decorate and even make a room fragrant. “Wreaths are the best way to represent your household character during the holiday season, from outdoors to the more intimate rooms of the house,” says Grim, who has created arrangements for notable locals such as Ina Garten and Aerin Lauder as well as prestigious East End events, including The Hampton Classic. For formal houses, Grim uses dried hydrangeas and gold pinecones; for a sparser country feel, he favors juniper mixed with grapevines, tied with natural raffa. Unlike Christmas trees, wreaths are movable and can appear in unexpected places, from the front door to windows and mirrors, or around silverware. Mixing yellow, green, and bluish evergreens with Ilex berries give wreaths depth and texture. Grim also likes to add dried pomegranates, lady apples, kumquats, and cranberries to wreaths inspired by tin-glazed terracotta ones by Luca della Robbia, a Renaissance Florentine artisan. Wreaths can also be a meditation on the year that is ending, and they can include souvenirs from places visited, or even from our own environment. For example, Hamptonites could add character to holiday wreaths with driftwood, seashells, and dried pods from the garden. “Cuttings from a recent pruning of an apple tree or twigs collected on a family hike are all you need to start a wreath,” say Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo, authors of The Wreath Recipe Book. “A flower arrangement is unforgiving; a stem cut too short can derail your design.” “In the Hamptons, we see a lot of fall-themed Thanksgiving wreaths because so many residents are not here for Christmas,” says Grim. “We make ours with red maple, magnolia leaves, miniature pumpkins, and bittersweet branches.” The Bridgehampton Florist, 2400 Main St., Bridgehampton, 631-537-7766 PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAIGE GREEN (WREATH RECIPE BOOK); EXCERPTED FROM THE WREATH RECIPE BOOK BY ALETHEA HARAMPOLIS AND JILL RIZZO (ARTISAN BOOKS). COPYRIGHT © 2014

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If you are looking for flowers that your guests will be talking about long after their visit, there is no better choice in my book than The Bridgehampton Florist. The moment you meet Michael and Jim, you become family. They are generous and kind, experienced and creative and are masters of their craft. From a singular bloom to a riotous arrangement, from the simplest country bouquet to sophisticated gala chic, BH Florist has no equal. Their lovely creations have graced my home throughout the seasons and over several decades. – Julie Andrews

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What a luxury to have a florist you can trust implicitly with any possible occasion!  Michael and Jim have an artistic flair and magical touch that is all class, elegance and taste — with a dash of creative whimsy.  In addition to their remarkably fresh and beautiful blooms, they are extremely personable, caring and loads of FUN.  We just love to hear the oohh’s and aahh’s of guests enjoying their most extraordinary creations that have graced our home for over a decade. — Rob Marshall & John DeLuca

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Michael is my wife’s florist and he is incredibly talented. I think his designs are subtle and elegant and don’t overwhelm my home. He is a warm presence every time he works in our home and his flowers bring happiness to my wife and family. Originally, I wasn’t interested in seeing flowers around the house, but once I got used to it and began to appreciate it then, I noticed there were flowers everywhere, but in my office. I asked why I was left out, and I think that made Michael happy that I noticed and appreciated his work. The next week and ever since, I have had small flowers in my office. – David

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I have been using Jim and Michael for 15+ years for the same glorious bouquet pretty much year round. Jim and Michael and my glorious bouquet were so much a part of my life that I couldn’t live without them even during major construction, scaffolding, paint tarps and all…it made that process bearable and beautiful! – Jane Wenner

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Thanks to Jim and Michael’s creative genius, attention to detail and masterfully breathtaking floral arrangements I have attended some of the most beautiful weddings! (most of them mine!) Fortunately, they also make the most charming condolence bouquets…so colorful and fresh, they are guaranteed to put a smile on your face no matter what! Life is always full of surprises and reasons to celebrate, and EVERY occasion is made more beautiful and memorable with Jim and Michael’s magic touch! After all, there aren’t many guaranties in life, but Bridgehampton Florist is one of them! As they say, “Life isn’t measured by the number of beaths you take, but by the number of bouquets that take your breath away” – Christie Brinkley

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The flowers are fresh and beautiful and their arrangements, unusual. My weekly visits with Jim and Michael make me feel like I’m taking a stroll through the markets back home in Amsterdam! – Annette Roque Lauer

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Michael Grim and Jim Osburn started this wonderful flower shop years ago, and it’s as good as ever. You can buy armloads of local flowers in the summer and beautiful imported flowers all year long. They also make gorgeous arrangements to send to that special someone. – Barefoot Contessa