Have you started to decorate for Christmas yet? American friends often wait until after their Thanksgiving celebrations, but here in Canada, the Christmas season is in full swing. I decided I would re-purpose a couple of our summer planters with festive winter flair. I began with a plan and immediately changed my mind several times. There are so many choices, all of them tempting. To help with inspiration I went to the professionals. My first stop was to ‘Flowers by Merle’. Did you see their awesome van in my post this summer? They’re a local family owned business with a 45 year history serving Edmontonians. Since they’re conveniently located near my home, I was eager to attend their open house.
There’s plenty of inspirations before you even enter the shop. Look at their gorgeous planters that greet you on the walk.
I especially loved this topiary design near their entrance. Wouldn’t it be stunning greeting all your holiday visitors at your home?
It was a pleasure to meet Merles daughter Denise, who now runs the business. Her mom opened their first shop in 1966. I think it’s really wonderful that they’ve been a part of the community for so long. The shop looks so beautiful with several Christmas trees decked out in the latest trends. This tree was inspired by a trade show they attended in Chicago. It’s pretty spectacular, with a mass of purples and what I would call lime green. Gorgeous!
They haven’t forgotten the traditionalists. There’s an entire beautiful display of red and gold decor. Traditional colours but designed with a contemporary flair, which is their specialty.
There’s also a nice selection of fresh plants, gifts and home decor to help make all your christmas dreams come true. I want to especially thank Jolene for helping me pick out the perfect accessories for my planters. You’ll probably be surprised at the colour I walked away with. I’ll be working on my planters this week, so stay tuned for that post.
If you live in the Edmonton area and need a little Christmas inspiration, you’ll want to stop by Flowers By Merle, it’s guaranteed to get you in a festive mood.