Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Deck the Halls with This and That

Just in case you won't be visiting the Mohonk Mountain House this holiday season, I'll try to show you some highlights.

The Parlor hosts a magnificent Fraser Fir that is 13 feet in height. Donned in red ornaments and lights, it is filled with angels of all shapes and sizes. This is by far the grandest Parlor tree yet.

Fraser Fir in the Parlor (13 feet high and wide)
We make our wreaths here on the property (actually, Greenhouse Manager Cindy Muro does) and they are subtle and elegant. How about this mix of white pine, Scots pine, and euphorbia? It complements the blue-green of the wall splendidly.

Lovely handmade wreath near the West entrance

Over in the Main Dining Room, a 24-foot balsam is going up. Scaffolding and ladders help even the tallest of our crew to get the lights and stuffed animals up.

24' balsam pre-lighting in the Main Dining Room

The Main Dining Room lights up and ornaments hang in full swing

Down at the Greenhouse complex, Head Gardener Kim Fusaro starts work on the Nature Tree. All natural ornaments here!
Nature Tree at the Mohonk Greenhouse 

And how about this beautiful bunch of dried Leonotis from the garden?
Dried Leonotis 


'Til next week - Hoe! Hoe! Hoe!


  1. Thank you for sharing this behind the scenes look at preparing Mohonk for Christmas...we appreciate all the work and look forward to seeing the final "product" in a few weeks.

  2. We have been guests for over 30 years. (My husband's grandfather was a carriage driver and his grandmother was a ladies maid at Mohonk at the turn of the last century, so we have long and deep roots.) We are looking forward to seeing the House decked out in Christmas finery. The staff never disappoints!


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