On a holiday mantel, faux magnolia blooms from Weston Farms mingle with the company’s bouquets of fresh magnolia foliage, ‘Raywood Weeping’ Arizona cypress, and fresh gardenias from High Camp Supply.

Erin Weston, owner of Weston farms, decorates a fresh magnolia Christmas tree with her company's faux magnolia blooms

Erin Weston of Weston Farms grew up appreciating the land, as her late father, Noel Weston, was the horticulturist for the city of Raleigh. After college she headed off to New York but felt the pull of her family farm leading her back to North Carolina. In 2002, she moved and started cultivating magnolia trees, scouring the globe for the best specimens, with help from her father.

Erin started humbly, selling wreaths at local farmers markets, and now ships nationwide, creating installations at art museums, trade shows, and more. In 2019, Erin worked with Ed Glenn of New Growth Designs to create a botanically accurate copy of the magnolia flower from her farm.

“The ephemeral nature of real magnolia blooms prompted us to seek out an alternative floral to pair with the farm’s fresh foliage, which dries beautifully and lasts for years.” — Erin Weston of Weston Farms

Before he passed away, Erin’s father insisted that the blooms should have a clip attached to the stem so the flower can be easily added to real foliage. “He was right,” says Erin. “It is so practical and makes using the bloom so easy. He would be happy to know we followed his lead.” westonfarms.com; @westonfarms on social media

By Alice Welsh Doyle | Photographed by Catherine Nguyen

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