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WREATH MAKING 101

When I look around the wreath barn, formerly know as our old shop, I really have to smile.  It’s a mix of good friends, cousins, family and distant relatives.  Somehow or another, the group of ladies who work so hard to make our wreaths by hand, have all come to the farm through love.  I can count on each and every one of them to put in long hours and dedication for the farm.  So really from the day after election day to the week before Christmas, they are married to the barn.  Of course they do break for lunch on-time each day!

We get lots of questions about where our wreaths come from.  Last year our wreath crew made and decorated over 1200 wreaths, mantle pieces, swags, arrangements and cemetery crosses for our guests, in sizes that range from 20” to 72″ across.  Take a look at the pictures below and see the process of wreath making.  (Note that all my workers are dedicated, but they want to keep their great talents a secret.  So the beautiful wreath pictures are complements of Bob Melville, the photos of hands making the wreaths are complements of Julie, she had to re-take some of the pictures…you get what I am saying!)

Matt is basal pruning in a block of Fraser firs.  This is hard work that requires the employee to cut the bottom six inches of branches off the trees.  This makes it easier for our guests to cut down their own tree.

A fast worker can basal prune a tree in about one minutes time.  The branches are then stacked and ready to be loaded into Larry’s pick up truck.

  The Fraser fir branches are brought over to the wreath barn where there are cleaned of any grasses and sorted.

Greens are then cut to size depending on the size wreath that is being made.

Greens are bunched and trimmed depending on the length and width required.

The bunches are then placed between the clamps on the proper size ring and crimped into place. 

Our decorators then add berries, pine cones, natural material and those special finishing touches for a one of a kind wreath to adorn your home. Every bow is even hade-made by several artistic women.

Did you know we take custom wreath orders?  Contact julie@stokoefarms.com for details, pricing and ordering.

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Santa Skydives in to Kick Off Christmas Tree Season at Stokoe Farms – FREE ADMISSION

We have lots of trees waiting for your family this holiday.  Check out the unique items in our gift store during your visit.  If you came out to enjoy good old fashioned family fun during Pumpkin Harvest, then you’re certain to enjoy winter fun on the farm.

FREE Admission