Think you need to shop at big box stores for your holiday decorations? Think again.
Nothing sets the scene for a gathering like fresh flowers. Rather than order from a website, head to a flower farm – which, magically, are a real thing that we have in South County. South County Flowers in Charlestown sells mainly to retailers and grocery stores (like Belmont Market in Wakefield), but they also have a farmstand in warm weather and sell buckets of flowers to the more Martha Stewart-inclined do-it-yourselfers. Starting in January, South County Flowers will offer a CSA subscription, giving people one fresh flower bouquet a month all year long. Rob Hollow Farm in Saunderstown has a weekly presence at both the Providence and North Kingstown winter farmer’s markets, and offers gorgeous arrangements of their own flowers. South County Flowers: 1354 Shannock Road, Charlestown.
The Farmer’s Daughter is a greenhouse and garden supply in the warmer months. In December, they’re the go-to destination in South County for wreaths and fresh pine-scented holiday décor. Their handmade wreaths range from 8” in diameter to a whopping four feet. The Farmer’s Daughter also offers pick your own Christmas Trees, and they plant two for every one cut down. If you’re feeling especially crafty, take one of their Make Your Own Wreath workshops, offered regularly in December. And if your kids are good little boys and girls, they might just get to meet Santa on the first two weekends of December.
The granddaddy of tree farms around these parts, though, is Big John Leyden’s Tree Farm, which has over 100,000 pines in varietals like White Pine, Balsam Fir, Frasier Fir, Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir and Caanan Fir. You’ll be able to spot the West Greenwich farm – as though the trees weren’t enough – by the 20 foot tall Santa in the yard and the antique fire truck out front.
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