Owning a magnolia wreath from Weston Farms has been a holiday daydream of mine for a few years now, especially since I continue to see these stunning wreaths featured on the pages of our favorite Southern magazines each holiday season. So when our plans took us to Raleigh for the day during a recent trip down to North Carolina, I made returning to Maine with our very own magnolia wreath the highest of priorities.
On our way into the city, we visited the Weston Farms booth at the State Farmer’s Market, where we were able to see a sampling of the various freshly-cut magnolia wreaths (including this year’s Garden and Gun Tapestry pattern), garlands, and arrangements that Erin Weston and her team create. The magnolia from her family’s farm has been specially cultivated to produce shiny green leaves with soft dark brown backs throughout the tree – giving her wreaths a brilliant color contrast that allows them to age beautifully for years. At their market stand there are plenty of wreaths to choose from, but even if they run out (which I’m sure happens quite frequently), or if you’re looking for a slightly different pattern, they can always make wreaths to order, and even do a number of custom home trimming projects each year.
In the end, our mission was accomplished, and we couldn’t be happier with the classic magnolia wreath we selected. Letting the color of the magnolia do all of the work, it compliments our overall minimal aesthetic, and fits nicely atop our newly stained door on our simple little cape. It’s a fun nod to our southern roots, and has the added bonus of being largely unique on the streets of Maine… although since the farm ships all over the country, I can’t imagine it’ll stay that way for many more years.
All photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.