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Winterthur goes for whimsy with gallery of Yuletide wreaths

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Winterthur wreath with nickels of wood
Trees damaged by this summer’s storms yielded these wooden nickels, which were also given as a memento to people who contributed to the cost of storm cleanup.

 

Terracotta pots, hollowed-out tree trunks and remnants of trees felled by this summer’s storms are among the nontraditional and inspirational parts of wreaths now on display at Winterthur.

The dozen or so wreaths, on the footpath between the parking lot and museum, add a lot of whimsy to Winterthur’s Yuletide celebration.

They’re displayed on doors, pulled from storage and mostly painted a color known as Winterthur sage green, which Chris Strand, director of garden and estate, called “an architectural uniform” for the world-renowned collection. One wreath adorns a wooden door salvaged from a gothic folly.

This is the second time that Winterthur has created a gallery of wreaths for Christmas, Strand said, adding that the all-new designs were created by garden staff members, estate guides and garden guides.

The wide range of materials, almost all harvested from the Winterthur property, could inspire visitors to be equally creative at home.

The designs outshine the traditional Christmas wreath, featuring evergreen branches and lights, that he has at home. “Mine feels a little lackluster,” he said.

Winterthur wreath with terracotta pots
Repurposed terracotta pots are accented with winterberry holly.

Winterthur wreath with toy animals
Toy animals create a sense of play amid the greenery.

Winterthur wreath on rustic door
Another wreath of hardy orange frames a window filled with varied greenery. The rustic look evokes its Enchanted Woods

Winterthur wreath with fairy door
Hills of snow hydrangea bracket the fairy door.

Winterthur wreath with monochromatic design
Milkweed, dogbane and other meadow plants form a monochromatic study.

Winterthur wreath formed of rotted log
A slice of a naturally hollowed-out log sports a wide range of interesting ornamentation, including bracket fungi, hen of the woods, sweet gum balls and tulip poplar seed pods.

Winterthur wreath of hardy orange
The thorny branches and the fruits are both from hardy orange.

Winterthur wreath with Osage orange
Osage orange and hardy orange are nestled among the branches. Winterthur has a mile-long hedge of Osage orange on Kennett Pike, dating back to the 1840s.

 

 

 


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