many garlands and wreaths are made, so by a mortal in this life there is much good work to be done." ~ Buddha
I was fortunate this past week to meet up with a talented wreath artist whom I had known from 15 or 16 years ago, and I am thrilled to have some of her work in the shop. It seems that this time of the year brings more interest in wreaths although they are happy accent pieces all through the year.
The history of the wreath dates back to ancient Greece and Rome. What would we have done without these creative ancient civilizations? Really? These societies used wreaths made from fresh tree leaves, twigs, small fruits, and flowers. Wreath actually means a thing bound round from the Greek word diadema. The laurel wreath is probably the best known ancient wreath since it was used to crown the winners in their Olympic Games. The use of this wreath comes from the Greek myth involving Apollo, Zeus’ son and the god of life and light, who fell in love with the nymph Daphne. She fled and asked the river god Peneus to help her, and he turned her into a laurel tree (he could have been a little more discriminating...a tree, seriously, Peneus?). From that day, Apollo wore a wreath of laurel on his head. Laurel wreaths became associated with what Apollo embodied; victory, achievement, and status and would later become one of the most commonly used symbols to address achievement throughout Greece and Rome. This statue of Julius Caesar shows a rather elaborate wreath.
Here are some of the wreaths we have in the shop...all made locally...
“She wore a wreath of roses, / The night that first we met.”
~Thomas Haynes Bayly