Decorations by florists on display

December 11, 1997|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society tried something different this year when gussying up its Benson-Hammond House, at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road, for the annual Candlelight Christmas Tour.

The 19th-century farmhouse, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Saturday, remains decorated after last weekend's tour. The work of six area florists is on display on the porch and in each room.

Beth Nowell, president of the historical society, said each florist was asked to decorate a room or area of the house to show visitors how a Christmas arrangement works in a house. She said all of the Christmas decorations are for sale.

Florist Stephen Formwalt organized the decorating.

Candles glow in every window of the three-story house, and the porch is decorated with fresh greens and red ribbon. Greens also fill a 90-year-old sleigh in front of the house.

The foyer and living room give off a feel of Christmas past, with a garland of greens, white toile and gold angels winding around the banister to the second floor, a gold arrangement draped around the corner of an antiqued framed mirror and a Christmas tree laden with beads, grapes, white lights and burgundy ribbon. On the windowsill are figures from the holy family made of unusual paper ribbon.

In the master bedroom, dried flowers and fruit adorn wreaths, and the fireplace is decorated with hurricane lamps and fresh greens.

"This year they are merchandising silver and purples for Christmas," said Formwalt, who decorated the period dining room, incorporating fuchsia dendrobium orchids in table centerpiece and sideboard arrangements.

The Benson-Hammond House has a gift shop. Parking is available.

Information: 410-768-9518.

Pub Date: 12/11/97

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