Wreath Making in Brooklyn
Towards the end of 2017, I secured a temporary position making Christmas wreaths, garlands and swags at Troy Nurseries' new garden retail spot in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Mind you, I already had two jobs, but horticulture in New York slows down towards the end of November and pretty much grinds to a halt mid-December. That is, unless you have a cushy indoor horticulture job like making estimates on garden installation projects, designing floral arrangements, or watering plants in a greenhouse. I'm just kidding about cushy. Those jobs can actually be strenuous. And we all know what sitting at a computer all day can do to your back.
This post is a visual catalog of the work I did during my brief tenure of wreath-making. I made some good friends, had wonderful conversations and some hearty laughs. Working with my hands to build the wreaths and garlands feels so natural, it makes me wonder if I should eventually pursue an avenue of horticulture where I can create things with my hands. Here are a few of my favorite wreaths that my colleagues and I made.
|Gabriel working on a 25' garland. Some wreaths and a dissected Frasier fir tree visible on work-tables.|
|Took upon myself to make a Magnolia grandiflora wreath! It was tricky but worthwhile. I think this one was 16" diameter.|
|Same picture as above, but with a camera filter|
|Mixed 10" Chamaecyparis and Cryptomeria with pine cones|
|A few of the group wreaths on a display table.|
|Working on a mixed 20" wreath of Magnolia virginiana and Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula' (Weeping Alaskan Cedar)|
|Finished product with bow!|
|Mixed 10" (inner diameter) Cryptomeria japonica with Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Hicksii' and Juniperus virginiana|
|This one is a little lopsided, and either 14 or 16 inches: mixed Pinus strobus (White Pine), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) and Abies fraseri (Frasier fir)|
|This one is a little wild! The inner diameter (of the frame) is 10" but the wreath pushes way beyond that! Mix of Juniperus virginiana, Abies fraseri and Rosmarinus officinalis|
|Another wild one! This time, with pine cones. Juniperus virginiana, inner diameter is apx. 14"|
|Cryptomeria japonica, inner diameter 10"|
|We took photos of our wreaths after the snowfall.|
|Gabriel working on yet another garland. Can you sense a pattern here??|
|Wreaths on display|
|Wreaths on the front gate. |
Note the barbed wire above - the rebar was bent on the other door and the barbed wire began falling into the shop onto the plants. Makes you feel right at home!
|Another wreath in the snow.|
|Checking out trees in Washington state after the season ends.|