Garland comes in a variety of sizes, textures, compositions, and with or without lights and decorations. Years ago, most local garland was made from cuts from the Christmas Tree bound together and interlaced with pine needles, mistletoe or magnolia leaves. This was a hard look to sustain because it was hard to get it thick and robust looking, plus it wouldn’t last for the 35 or 40-day holiday period. It would begin to fall apart and make a mess on the floor and front porches. The other problem with real garland and the incandescent lights was that garland would dry out and the incandescent string of lights was known to get hot which was a potential for a fire.
As time progressed on the Industry began to develop small, thin, artificial garland which was about 4” wide. It was almost more like a green tensile and that’s when PVC manufacturing was really just getting started. I remember looking back and seeing the green, four inch tensile whipped up from porch railings from porch to porch and it really didn’t have the impact of what we get today with modern artificial garland.
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Step forward 10 years and you will see that most garland is now made from PVC resin. This new process allows us to mold and copy real plants very effectively. Our main stay garland in Charleston, SC is a 14” premium lit garland. That means that if I take it end to end it is 14” wide. This designs gives a stout, green effect. The same garland comes in a commercial 18”, 24” or even bigger if needed. Having the right sized garland on the item you are decorating is so important. For instance, you wouldn’t want to use a 24” garland underneath a small window, but a 14” garland from 30 or 40 feet away gives a nice effect under that same small area. Our most popular garland is the Frasier Fur Garland.
We have also won a bid to do work for the City of Charleston and to decorate the downtown Courthouse. The city council ask that we provide garland which would resemble our native species. They originally used real garland, but it just wouldn’t last so they were willing to go with an artificial that would closely resemble the native look. We found an artificial garland which used Cedar branches from Leland Cypresses, Red Berries from a Holly Bush, Pine and Spruce branches. We couldn’t find any with our southern pinecones so we just attached some Southern pinecones with wire and it looked great.
Now another way to upgrade garland is with sprays and decorations. If we are customizing a garland strand we are often looking for the color scheme of that home, business, football team, etc. of whatever the favorite colors may be. We also wire in ornaments, sprays, berries, silver or gold sparkles to customize it much like you would on a Christmas Tree. It is suitable to do this on both indoor and the outdoor garland. I think over the last couple of years, we have seen the manufacturers start to put in UV protection to protect it from deteriorating in the sun. In the older garland the UV light used to break it down within 30 to 60 days to the point it really wouldn’t last much more than one season. With this new UV protection, we are starting to see real durability which makes the garland last for several seasons.
The cost of live garland and artificial garland are pretty close in costs, but the artificial can often be reused. The labor cost is still there, but the material cost is spread over several seasons. With today’s technology many garlands come with warm white LED lights attached. You can also get the garland in all different colors (red, blue, green, purple, orange, etc.) With breast cancer awareness we have had request for pink lit garland and pink wreaths thankfully we were able to fulfill the requests. If a customer prefers that their garland be unlit then we just unplug it. It’s not cost effect to take the LED lights off. Plus, they can always plug it in if they change their mind.
We like to loop and hang garland on boring brick walls. Bows are often added to the garland. If we are using 14” garland we often use our 18” bows or 24” inch. Bows are often attached at the point where the garland is attached or point of contact and they really look best in these spots. If you see a garland attached to a column or post, then we would also attach a bow there at the column. Red bows are the most popular, but we sell a lot of silver, gold bows and custom bows.
It may be hard for the average consumer to tell if a garland is made to look like Leland Cypress, Frasier Fur, Pine garland, etc. from thirty feet away, but the additional décor of bows, lights, and decorations will make your garland unique and one of a kind. An example is having garland with toys added in for a kid theme or garland with football colors. Another example would be the colors for the Gamecocks having Garnet and Black interspersed with Silver bells and tassels. It’s popular to decorate for the Gamecocks Rival team- Clemson Tigers and they want garland with Orange, Purple and sometimes the tiger or miniature footballs. Whatever theme you want to accomplish we are often able to get it done.
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