In 2002, Erin Weston relocated from NYC to her home state of North Carolina to become a farmer. This was a bold move as her degree was in Fine Arts and professional experience in publishing offices.“My vision was to grow a unique, enduring luxurious product on my family farm. I sold my first creations at a local farmer’s market and grew the business from there,” says Weston. Each year the product line has expanded and to date more than 10,000 trees have been planted at Weston Farms. The signature wreaths, garlands, and fresh Magnolia arrangements are now shipped nationwide throughout the year. The quality, abundance of materials, unique ingredients, and design has dazzled local markets, national interior designers and presidential florists alike.
Early on founder Erin Weston enlisted her father, Noel Weston, former horticulturalist for the City of Raleigh, to find the best trees from all corners of the globe and he led the horticultural initiatives at Weston Farms. His stewardship created a system which nourished the land and the farm is a green spot of biodiversity in an otherwise suburban area.
Horticultural knowledge is the life force of Weston Farms magnolia, and using magnolia in decor typifies our artistic expression.
In nature, the dark brown backs of magnolia leaves are found only at the tip top of the tree – sometimes 40 feet above the ground. Through magic mulching, excellent cultivar selection, and loving pruning, we encourage our magnolia to produce dark chocolate, velvet-coated new shoots, each with a contrasting lustrous dark green finish. The leaves themselves are prized objects—do not wilt as wild collected magnolia might, and if cared for properly, hold their artistic integrity for years.
Weston Farms works with magnolia hybridizers to trial new cultivars elsewhere unavailable. Working with local and national arboreta we find the most unusual and interesting plant expressions and cultivate them for our decorative wreaths, garlands, and natural accessories.