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Kerns Nursery @ Christmas
HOW OUR WREATHS ARE MADE, by Pat Kerns

I have been hand making Christmas wreaths for 32 years and learned to hand tie our wreaths with wire the old fashioned way.  Finding it somewhat therapeutic, but mostly itís long, long nighttime hours of tedious work. 

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This story, and the art of wreath-making, by Pat Kerns ...

I persist on continuing my tradition of wreath making only because other methods of wreath making do not come up to our standards.
Our wreaths are made according to a long Kerns Nursery tradition
From simple to sparkling we create a product that is far from your chain store wreaths and centerpieces.  This process is continued today by very few persistent people.

I persist on continuing my tradition of wreath making only because other methods of wreath making do not come up to our standards.  An artistic education and nature drive me to produce quality products with no compromise. Here is how we go about the process:

Boughs of balsam are provide to us a couple times a season from a local source. 

We order unusual greens from Oregon and have boxes shipped across the country of Blue Berried juniper, yellow tipped incense cedar, and port orford-dark green cedar.  We also occasionally use various mixed greens from our land or employees land.

Meanwhile relatives across the country do us great big favors and collect pinecones for us.  Sometimes Iím sure they feel pretty funny picking up cones or searching out good places.  Itís a very valuable commodity -  relatives and friends.  Then they are shipped to us.  We also ship in other cones from North Carolina and the west coast.

We buy in from retail sources dried pomegranates and Christmas balls and other decorative touches.

  • We pick up our cut greens
     

  • We cut and sort the boughs into varying lengths in large boxes.  We also cut and use our own white pine.
     

  • I assemble the wreaths or sprays - normally talking about 30-40 min.
     

  • Mary or Kate  put on the hand made bows and hanger wire and put on the basic pine cones - sometimes finishing them up to the final state.
     

  • Mostly I  dress them with with our mixed bag of over 12 variety of pine cones, cinnamon sticks, red berries OR Christmas Balls or other extremely unusual decorative touches. 
     

  • From simple to sparkling we create a product that is far from your chain store wreaths and centerpieces.  This process is continued today by very few persistent people.
     

  • Click to see our wreath prices.

At Kerns, we have a selection of decorated birch yule logs, such as this example - CLICK TO SEE A MUCH LARGER IMAGE

Kerns Nursery @ Christmas - you can pick up your handmade wreaths here to decorate your house, or WE WILL SHIP THEM TO YOU.  You can even order by e-mail, just check our size/price list

Christmas table centerpieces @ Kerns Nursery @ Christmas - CLICK TO SEE A LARGER IMAGE
Christmas table centerpieces 


 

Visit us for your Christmas gifts.  We will offer many choices that will delight the recipient. 
Don't forget the immediately AFTER Christmas sale at Kerns!

Last updated 13 June, 2009

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