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First day of summer celebrations include wreaths: 'Wreaths for All Seasons'

One summer wreath example found in author and Southern lifestyle expert James T. Farmer's "Wreaths for All Seasons" book by Gibbs-Smith publishers.
One summer wreath example found in author and Southern lifestyle expert James T. Farmer's "Wreaths for All Seasons" book by Gibbs-Smith publishers.
Courtesy of Gibbs-Smith, Photographs by James T. Farmer III, Maggie Yelton and Laurey W. Glenn from Wreaths for All Seasons

James T. Farmer III may be a Georgia-born author whose "love of Southern food and cooking have put him at the forefront of the garden-to-table lifestyle," per his landscape and interior design website, but on the first day of summer this particular lifestyle celebrity is making his mark in another way as well: by sharing how you can have Wreaths for All Seasons.

James T. Farmer III's "Wreaths for All Seasons" would make summer solstice wreath-makers' dreams come true..
Photographs by James T. Farmer III, Maggie Yelton and Laurey W. Glenn from Wreaths for All Seasons by James T. Farmer III, reprinted with permission by Gibbs Smith.

According to Willits News, young girls a world away in Lithuania float wreaths of flowers on rivers and lakes in celebration of the summer solstice during the St. Jonas Festival, held on June 21. Those girls need a game plan when it comes to creating their once-a-year summer wreaths, and they need design ideas that will be both beautiful and sturdy enough to withstand the waters they cast their creations into on the first day of summer.

In middle Georgia a talented young man could give them those ideas, as he literally and figuratively has a wreath for all seasons (and occasions). And he shows readers abroad and at home how to make such wreaths on their own, through the 128 pages of his beautifully illustrated Gibbs-Smith book.

For example, Lithuania girls or Georgia girls alike can appreciate Farmer's living wreath of Johnny Jump-Ups, which is made up of pansies and violas, and which heralds in spring fever regardless of where you hail from in the world.

Farmer's use of green hydrangeas and white roses for a bridal wreath would surely inspire the young maidens in Lithuania and elsewhere to embrace their dreamy romantic aspirations when it comes time to decorate a church or other wedding shower venue. And since it can be made from dried flowers too, it can be reused for more than one wedding or event.

The Georgia lifestyle expert has a boxwood and burlap wreath creation for fall and winter, which can be used as a centerpiece, on a front door or even outdoors in an entertaining setting. And if you don't think you have what it takes to make it yourself--despite his excellent tips contained in his book about wreath-making, you can always elect to purchase the wreath from him directly, as he sells this one for $144 on his landscape, cooking and interior design website.