May 20, 2022

These are not your traditional holiday wreaths

Another Hackney-based florist, the Flower Appreciation Society, run by Anna Day, 39, and Issy Crossman, 31, is giving leftover cut flowers a second life for summer weddings with wreaths of seedlings, wild grasses, dried hops and branches, while Cotswolds florist Willow Crossley, 38, assembles her garlands by hand from pink wax flowers, helichrysum (also known as everlasting flower, or immortal, for its ability to stay alive long after it has died and dried), echinops, limonium and berry populus, among other flora. Meanwhile, the West London-based Flowerbx studio of Whitney Bromberg, 47, a former communications manager at Tom Ford, is offering bespoke wreaths of monovarietal flora in neutral tones, including processions of delicate chains of daisies and sprays of silver grass, finely layered like a mille-feuille.

“It’s an incredible moment when all of a sudden the flesh of a flower skeletonized,” says Kitten Grayson, 36, from her organic cutting garden in Somerset, where she spent weeks crafting her garlands from hundreds of dried dahlias and gomphrena. “In wreaths they become sanctuaries of the landscape, a sort of porthole, a box of memories from the past year, filled with things that may not be in season now but have come through the months with us. So, of course, we will abandon them. For, in the end, like all things, wreaths return to earth, if only after being sewn in generous circles – over and over and over again.

Photo assistants: Stephen Elwyn Smith, Emilio Garfath. Assistant set designer: Tom Hope