For anyone who attends the county’s annual State of the County Address, you know the décor at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is gorgeous. In particular, highlighted every year at this event are the hundreds of beautiful poinsettias purchased (with sponsorship money) from Brohl’s Greenhouses in Macomb Township that adorn the stage and afterglow event. We often receive compliments on these plants and are pleased every year that they are able to come back to the county offices and double as decoration there through the holiday season.
This type of greenery ties in directly with a new campaign the county launched this past autumn titled “Fall in Love with Macomb” which was a concerted effort to really promote our county’s apple orchards and cider mills and showcase how important agriculture is in Macomb County. But as a part of that campaign, we also wanted to demonstrate that although Macomb County has a strong orchard industry, the items offered by our agricultural businesses also extend far past the fall season. Now that it’s officially wintertime, we want to highlight our markets that go #BeyondTheBushel and offer special holiday décor to Macomb County’s residents and visitors.
In a Macomb Daily article published Nov. 25 this year, the Michigan Christmas Tree Association was quoted as stating Michigan is the third-largest producer of Christmas trees behind Oregon and North Carolina. The state has 560 Christmas tree farms that cover 27,200 acres. A survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2014 stated approximately 1.69 million trees were sold in the state, which adds up to an economic value of $30.6 million.
But Christmas trees are just one section of #BeyondTheBushel materials sold locally.
One stop into Young’s Garden Mart & Christmas Fantasy in Warren and you’ll know you’re in the right place to purchase all of your Christmas décor. According to third-generation store owner Cindy Roback, the market sells cedar roping, wreaths, grave blankets and poinsettias as well as artificial trees, lights, garland and a variety of other gifts.
“We are a family business that has been in the same location for 92 years. We go out of our way to help the customer and have some hard-to-find items,” said Roback.
Karl Eckert, president of Eckert’s Greenhouse & Perennials in Sterling Heights said this year, the trend for purchasers is to buy natural-looking décor.
“We sell roping, wreaths, swags, hanging baskets, candle rings, porch pots, memorial blankets, pillows and cones. We specialize in custom work, so we can create a look that our customers are going for,” he said, adding his business has been around for 59 years. “We will customize and deliver if requested. We also sell poinsettias in different sizes and those can be embellished with bows, pine, etc. as the customer requests.”
Hessell’s Greenhouse in Shelby Township has been selling locally-grown greenery for over 40 years. Manager Jonathan Currie said right now, poinsettias and Christmas trees are the store’s most popular sellers. He said the store also specializes in handmade wreaths, topiary balls and mixed green patio pots. They also offer beautifully decorated memorial blankets with hand-tied bows.
“Customers enjoy shopping at Hessell’s because of the holiday atmosphere and our business history. The business has been here and family owned since 1968,” said Currie. “All of our poinsettias are grown in-house with a full variety of colors. The wreaths, swag, topiary and patio pots are all handmade in shop as well. We will custom-design many of our products to fit a customer’s specific needs.”
Sarah Cormier works for the Macomb County Executive Office as a communications specialist.