Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Holiday Wreath Giveaway with P. Allen Smith


The day after Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season in our household. While we won't break out our Christmas decorations until the first weekend in December, I'm already thinking of ways to incorporate bits of the garden in our festive decor. We always get a fresh-cut tree and live poinsettias to complement the lights and garland, and I've even made natural wreaths from old willow and dogwood branches.

When I was in Arkansas last May at Garden2Blog, hosted by P. Allen Smith and his partners, I learned that the Berry Family of Nurseries would be offering fresh holiday wreaths and decorations as a part of the P. Allen Smith Holiday Collection (available online at HomeDepot.com). Judging by the style presented in Allen's home, I knew the holiday collection would be beautiful and refined.



What I didn't know at the time was that I'd have the opportunity for one of my readers to win a piece from the collection! So here's your chance to bring a little life and P. Allen Smith style into your home for the holidays. The Chocolate and Spice Wreath is made of noble fir boughs, accented with chocolate ribbons, fresh pinecones and bittersweet-inspired berries. It's so beautiful, I wish I could enter my own giveaway.


Entering the giveaway is simple! Just leave a comment on this post about how you like to incorporate natural elements into your holiday decorations. On November 28 at 8pm CST, I'll randomly choose a winner. The winner will be asked to provide an email and postal mailing address so that the wreath can be shipped.

Please comment below for your chance to win, and also enter the P. Allen Smith giveaways being hosted by other Garden2Blog participants.


FTC Disclosure: I have not received any free product or compensation for this giveaway. 

46 comments:

  1. For me, Christmas decorating is all about natural. I cut fresh greens from the trees on our property, scour the field near my parents' house for red twig dogwood and even clip dried hydrangea blooms to put in my arrangements.

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  2. That is a lovely wreath! I am having trouble getting into the holiday spirit; maybe this will help. :)

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  3. I like to add bits from the garden, such as acorns, twigs and dried hydrangea blooms. I don't necessarily use them in specific holiday decorating, but they come in the house at that time of the year, so I associate it with the holidays anyway! I would love to win this wreath. It's been years since we had a live wreath!

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  4. being a senior in a very smalllow income housing unit i collect windfalls and make a Christmas tree and collect red berries to decorate

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  5. I love using pinecones and cranberries and I put them in glass cube vases to display.

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  6. I always make a centerpiece for my dining room table by clipping evergreens and branches that surround my house. Not only does it look beautiful, but the smell of freshly cut pine screams Christmas!

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  7. I really like to collect natural things to add into centerpieces or wreaths. It just adds such detail to make something look better.

    2dogs5catscrew@att.net

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  8. Red is my favorite color, so - of course - the wreath caught my eye. But as much as I love red, I know it's the green boughs and the brown pine cones and ribbons that make the brighter ornaments "pop." I'm pretty sure there's a life lesson in there somewhere....

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  9. Beautiful wreath! In the last few years, I've used more and more natural elements from my yard in my decorating....seed heads and branches that I've cut back. Sometimes I spray paint them. I wish I had a bunch of pine trees that I could clip from....:)

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  10. I'd use this wreath to incorporate nature into my holiday!
    amykjames@gmail.com

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  11. I like to use fresh evergreen,nuts,& fresh fruit.


    phyllisphipps_at_hotmail_dot_com

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  12. All of our outside decorating is done with natural garland, and holly. Our first year we put a fresh cut garland above the fireplace too, but it turned brown :)
    Fantasticafternoon at yahoo dot com

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  13. love having pine laying around, especially for the smell, with pine cones...and also love hanging Holly at the door!!! :-) would love to own this wreath!!!

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  14. So beautiful, Hope I win. Good luck everyone!

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  15. I like small pine ones in a small basket on the table!

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  16. We love to use pinecones as decorations on our tree as well as scented pinecones in bowls as center pieces.

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  17. What a beautiful wreath...want to win it!

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  18. I take one afternoon and go scour the woods behind my mother-in-law's home. I take white pine, yellow pine clippings, juniper sprigs and berries, holly leaves and berries (if I'm lucky)and cedar berries and branches. Magnolia from a friend's yard and eucalyptus from my backyard. I then incorporate these with natural garland and fresh wreaths. I love all the smells and textures that's are given and I think natural beauty has no comparison.

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  19. We don't have any winter to speak of here in Deep South Texas so I decorate a live cactus plant as a Christmas tree! How natural is that?!

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  20. Living in SW AZ now, the beautiful wreath brings fond memories of my time living in the midwest and gathering materials to make holiday wreaths and swags.

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  21. I cut beautiful holly branches covered with red berries and put them in vases throughout the house. very festive.
    thanks!
    Jennie Brooks

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  22. I love bringing the outdoors inside during this time of the year. My Hollyberry tree provides bright red berries that I can use to decorate in many different ways. Tis the season to decorate with the beauty of nature.

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  23. Our family lives in Southern California. Since we don't get snowy, wintery weather... fresh & natural greenery says Christmas to us! Fresh tree, garlands and wreaths don our home! Their fragrance and the greenery with white lights & candles make our spirits bright!
    Merry Christmas & God bless us every one!
    <3
    jj swanson

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  24. I would LOVE a "chance to bring a little life and P. Allen Smith style into our home for the holidays!" I would consider picking up the wreath to see "the farm!"

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  25. I make a large arrangement of greenery for a planter on our porch and also one for the table. Some greenery is purchased and then I add trimmings from our evergreens and our neighbor's (with permission). I also like to add grasses, hydrangea blooms, autumn joy sedum - whatever dried items I can find in the yard that will look good.

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  26. I love using natural elements in my home decor year round. This holiday season, I am looking forward to incorporating some giant pine cones that were given to me, combining them with fresh greenery and touches of red.

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  27. I absolutely love using natural elements for home decor, especially around the holidays, not just because it looks beautiful but the smell that the natural wreaths and trees brings into our home is part of the holidays. For fall I use pumpkins and colored corn to decorate our outdoor and indoor decor. Love the colors that it brings into the home. Thanks for much for this blog.

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  28. I would love to win this gorgeous wreath. I have the perfect spot for it too!

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  29. Beautiful wreath!! Would look lovely on my front door with a spotlight on it. Have the wreath hanger ready!

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  30. When decorating for the holidays, I try to use natural elements wherever possible. There is always a wreath on our door to welcome family and friends. Inside I add poinsettias to our baker's rack and natural greens from our pine trees and red berries are added to freshen the 30 year old artificial arrangements.

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  31. I like to hang a natural wreath on the inside of the den door. I love the smell that it gives off.

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  32. I can remember going to get mistletoe every Christmas with my father. We would shoot it out of trees, and it was quite a contest to see who could shoot out the best piece. Mama always insisted she have some with berries on it. Somehow it wasn't Christmas without bunches of that hanging throughout the house, and it made a great gift for neighbors and friends.

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  33. I do so love this wreath and would love using it in our Christmas Decorating. I gave all my decorations to our children and this be would a lovely start of new ones. Thank you Allen for being a naturalist, the world needs more of us! Merry Christmas!

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  34. Ahhhh. The wonderful fragrances of Christmas.

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  35. Bringing in fresh cut greenery brightens up even dull days. Just imagine what P. Allen's wreath would do for Christmas!

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  36. Nature is my balm. Being inside during the winter months can be torturous sometimes.lol So I bring in any & all that I can get my hands on. I even grow green onions,celery,sweet potatoes,& garlic,& other herbs inside.I start collecting in the fall.Pine cones,twigs,etc. I like go & cut some of my pine,spruce, & other greens in the woods.Then I like to make swags,for railings,windows,etc. Also like to make center pieces as well.Please help me forget this horrible tragic year by awarding me & my family the Beautiful wreath. Thank You.

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    1. Ruth, I'm happy to say you're the winner of the wreath! Please email me your home address, email address and phone number at fromthesoilblog@gmail.com

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    2. Congratulations Ruth! Sounds like this lovely wreath is just what you need to bring some welcome beauty in your world.

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  37. i love to use fresh greens that I find a round our property,aslo use wild berries. Makes the whole house smell fresh.

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  38. Lovely wreath. Would look so nice in my home. Our tight budget does not allow extras so this would be a special gift. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  39. A fresh wreath would be a beautiful addition to our home decor! I don't splurge on these items typically, but would be lovely!

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  40. For the last several years we have only used plastic greenery around the house, including the Christmas tree but since purchasing a new home last fall I have been so inspired by the P. Allen Smith Garden Home shows that we have decided to use more live plants and done some extensive landscaping with lots of the ideas we have learned thus far. This wreath is beautiful and would be a lovely addition to the new home this Christmas!

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  41. Using random.org, I've selected a winner - Ruth Phillips!

    Thank you all for commenting. Many of your ideas are inspiring! Happy holidays!

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