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So many of us now deck the door with a Christmas wreath but how many of us know about the tradition behind what we do? 

Many believe wreaths originated from Greece and Rome. In Rome, they were seen as a token of victory, especially by athletes whom they crowned in wreaths that included olive, wild celery, and pine to symbolise strength. Roman soldiers also received them as a symbol of honour, when returning from battle. In Greece, they saw them as symbols of eternal life and so used them at funerals. 

Wreaths rose in popularity through ancient times and were eventually used for other events and celebrations too. Christianity built on their use as a symbol of eternal life throughout Europe.

Their association with Christmas began with the evergreen tree which was admired as unlike most living things it could survive the harshest of winters. During the sixteenth-century people started to bring trees into their houses to decorate but they often needed to be trimmed down so the waste was used to create wreaths. It’s funny to think that in many ways centuries later the choice to deck the door with a Christmas wreath resonates with many of today’s concerns about being more sustainable and reducing waste. 

Interestingly, as we all look to save money this year it’s worth remembering that the wreath came from humble beginnings and if you’ve time foraging is a good way to find most of the materials you’ll need. Although the birds might fight you for the berries! That said one thing we all often struggle to find is time. The time to make our salt dough Christmas decorations often passes us by and before we know it, it’s a mad rush on Christmas Eve to wrap presents and do the food prep! So if you’re keen to deck the door with a Christmas wreath this year keep reading, we have a solution!

Golden Valley Plants is known for its love of perennial plants but as an online plant nursery, we can’t resist dipping our toes into the festive season with a selection of Christmas gifts.

First up is our wreath collection

The three we offer are guaranteed to delight your guests as they arrive to a smell of citrus and pine adorned with decorations we all associate with the festive season and often evoke memories of long winter walks and Christmas past.

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All our wreaths are hand-made by our dedicated team using fresh Noble Fir sourced from the Scottish Highlands we offer two 12-inch wreaths and one 14-inch and they can be used in or outdoors.

Our Frosted Foraging Wreath evokes the spirit of a winter wonderland with frosted foliage and snow-tipped pine cones that capture the essence of the season. Natural rattan balls, rustic apples and glistening berries finished with an elegant, hand-tied, red velvet ribbon make this the perfect choice for anyone who loves a foraged feel.

Prefer a more classic look when you deck the door with a Christmas wreath? Our Red Tartan Wreath exudes timeless elegance and the tartan bow adds a classic charm, that is complemented by vibrant berries that pop against a backdrop of rich, magnolia leaves and spruce cones.

Our largest wreath is the Cinnamon Spice Wreath with its warming cinnamon bundles it’s a nod to a Victorian Christmas. Clusters of snow-tipped pine cones intertwined with plum-coloured fruits and traditional dried orange slices complete the look that is accompanied by a citrus and spice aroma that is sure to impress your visitors this Christmas.

If you are looking for the perfect gardening gift it’s worth exploring our new Mini Citrus Collection which offers something a little different for the gardener in your life and can be enjoyed inside too. Prices start at £25.

Can’t decide and know that deep down the person you’re buying for loves choosing? Why not opt for a gift voucher, available as an E-Card from £25 – £150? Next year is an exciting time at Golden Valley Plants as we extend the plants we offer online, include more Roses and continue with our Plants Collections that have proved popular this year. Gift a voucher and they can enjoy browsing our website and taking their pick!

Further reading

When all the Christmas decorations are up why not relax with your favourite tipple and a little reading? You might find these blogs of interest Look Out For The Birds This Winter and Gardening Books To Cosy Up With This Winter