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The Story Behind Our Merry Marie Collection

Trim your tree with our Merry Marie collection of handmade ornaments. Created in 2015 by Christmas buyer, Linda Vespa Yugovich, Merry Marie is one of many exclusive brands at English Gardens.

Linda wanted a way to honor her late mother, English Gardens co-founder Marie Vespa. “The name was inspired by her first name Marie, and her nickname, Mary,” Linda says.  She had the idea for years, but didn’t know how to make it happen. She traveled to Europe to find the highest quality artisan to bring her vision to life.

“Each and every ornament in our collection is created by European artisans, who take great pride in their work. They all share our vision of quality, value and beauty,” Linda says.

The collection features hand-blown and hand-painted glass ornaments embellished with beads, crystals and glitter. The dazzling colors inspire the holiday spirit.

New ornaments are added each year.  “Each year when I unpack my ornaments and decorate my tree at home, I always find a new favorite,” Linda says of her personal collection. “But the real fun for me each Christmas is finding new ornaments for my grandchildren and helping them decorate their own tree. Hopefully they will cherish these beautiful heirlooms for many years to come.”

Ornaments often times evoke a particular memory for yourself and your family. It’s fun to explore the ancient meanings behind such things during the Christmas season.

Here are some of the pieces you will find in this collection.

Pine Cone: Pine Cones are sacred symbols of motherhood and warmth. Because of their abundance, pine cones were widely used as natural decorations on Christmas trees. Eventually, molds were made by European glassblowers to create glass ornaments.

Musical: Musical instruments symbolize song, joy and people joining together during the Christmas season.

House: A home signifies shelter, heritage and culture.

Angel: Love, eternal life, purity, and peace. An angel placed as a tree topper symbolizes the significance of the angels who appeared high above Bethlehem to joyfully announce Jesus’ birth on the first Christmas.

Star: Guidance and faith. The star also represents the bright star that appeared in the sky to guide people to Jesus’ birthplace.

Bird: Happiness, contentment and hope. Cardinal: Symbol of the beauty and warmth of the holiday season. As nature’s reminder for us to focus on our faith, the Cardinal’s scarlet plumage represents the blood of Christ shed for the redemption of mankind.

Mushroom: Associated with nature and the beauty of the forest. In some cultures, mushroom ornaments are displayed on Christmas trees in reverence for nature and in hope of good luck in the New Year.

Christmas Tree: Christ’s gift of everlasting life.

Frog: Many cultures rely on the frog as their weather forecaster. Frogs stay near water during rainy periods and will come out to wait for sunshine if the weather is going to improve. Finding a frog brings good luck, and a wish made upon seeing the first frog in spring is said to come true.

Santa Claus: Melting pot of cultures, beliefs and traditions.

Dove: A universal symbol of peace and love. Noah sent a dove from the ark, and it returned with an olive branch, indicating the end of the Flood and the beginning of God’s covenant with man. The dove also signifies marriage and lifelong love. The pristine whiteness of the dove represents purity, hope for peace and the forgiveness we obtain from God and each other.

Shop a selection of our Merry Marie Collection online, or see our full collection at any English Gardens location.


English Garden Nurseries & Garden Centers Serve the Greater Clinton Twp., Dearborn Heights, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield, Eastpointe, and Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan Areas

Providing garden centers complete with full service landscaping, seasonal holiday stores including their enchanting Christmas Stores, and most locations even offer a full service in house florist

English Gardens Detroit MI area nurseries & garden centers are not only the areas largest garden nurseries, but they offer the largest selection of products and services found anywhere in the Clinton Twp., Dearborn Heights, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield, Eastpointe, and Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan regions providing full service garden centers, full service landscaping and landscape design, seasonal holiday stores including their enchanting Christmas Stores, the largest selection of Patio Furniture in Michigan, and most locations even offer a full service in house florist for flower arrangements for every day as well as those special occasions such as wedding flowers, event flowers, sympathy and funeral flower arrangements, prom flowers, and more!

Our nurseries and garden centers have the areas largest selection of plants, flowers, shrubs, annuals, perennials, and patio furniture. Garden supplies are in abundance, with everything from garden tools and accessories, to garden and potting soil, mulches, bagged garden stone, pots and so much more. We have everything you need for your outdoor gardening needs.

Landscaping? Count on the professional landscape contractors and designers at English Gardens to Make Your Property Beautiful! We offer both DIY landscaping assistance and full service landscape design and construction with our in house landscaping company.

Our floral designers can create perfect floral arrangements for weddings, events, funerals, proms and the like. Make the moment beautiful.

Our Christmas Stores in addition to being one of the areas best holiday experiences, are filled with live and life-like artificial Christmas trees, including flocked artificial Christmas trees, and those sometimes hard to come by 9 foot flocked artificial Christmas trees, as well as a large, ready to take home inventory, of 3 foot artificial Christmas trees, 4 foot artificial Christmas trees, 5 foot artificial Christmas trees, 7.5 foot artificial Christmas trees, 9 foot artificial Christmas trees and 12 foot artificial Christmas trees, and all of the other holiday items you need like Christmas lights, decorations, Christmas wreaths & garland of all types, and unique gifts. Make the Holiday beautiful!

English Gardens store by store offerings in the Clinton Twp., Dearborn Heights, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield, Eastpointe, and Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan areas;

Clinton Twp. Garden Centers:

Dearborn Heights Garden Center:

Royal Oak Garden Center:

West Bloomfield Garden Center:

Eastpointe Garden Center:

Plymouth Ann Arbor Garden Center:

Be sure to visit any one of our Garden Centers for the largest selection of products and services the area has to offer. If you have any questions please call one of our stores directly in Clinton Twp., Dearborn Heights, Royal Oak, West Bloomfield, Eastpointe, and Plymouth Ann Arbor Michigan for friendly, prompt help.

Clinton Township, MI

44850 Garfield Rd. at Hall Rd.
Clinton Twp., Michigan 48038

Phone Numbers
Phone: (586) 286-6100
Fax: (586) 286-0033

Dearborn Heights, MI

22650 Ford Rd. at Outer Dr.
Dearborn Heights, Michigan 48127

Phone Numbers
Nursery: (313) 278-4433
Florist: (313) 565-8133
Fax: (313) 278-0459

Eastpointe, MI

22501 Kelly Rd. at Nine Mile Rd.
Eastpointe, Michigan

Phone Numbers
Phone: (586) 771-4200
Fax: (586) 771-4894

Plymouth/Ann Arbor, MI

9900 Ann Arbor Road W.
Plymouth, Michigan

Phone Numbers
Phone: (734) 453-5500

Royal Oak, MI

4901 Coolidge Hwy,
Royal Oak, Michigan

Phone Numbers
Phone: (248) 280-9500
Fax: (248) 280-2688

West Bloomfield, MI

6370 Orchard Lake Rd. at Maple
West Bloomfield Township, Michigan

Phone Numbers
Phone: (248) 851-7506
Fax: (248) 539-4738

Patio Furniture from English Gardens of Michigan

Patio Lounge Chairs
Patio Furniture Showrooms
Bistro Sets
Outdoor Dining Sets
Outdoor Sectionals

Make Life Beautiful! Come to English Gardens Today!

Don’t forget to come visit our enchanted Christmas Stores! We have by far the areas largest display of pre-lit and unlit Christmas trees, both Live and Artificial Life-Like Christmas trees in all sizes and varieties, the areas largest selection of Christmas lights in a variety of lengths, sizes, bulb types including energy efficient, and long lasting ,state of the art, LED Christmas lights, Christmas Garland, Christmas wreaths, Christmas decorations, and that perfect gift for that special someone!

Make Christmas Beautiful! Come to English Gardens This Christmas, It’s Fun For The Whole Family!

When it comes to the holidays other than Christmas, you won’t be disappointed, From July 4th, to Labor Day, Columbus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, Mothers and Fathers Day and more, you guessed it, you can count on English Gardens to Make the Holiday Beautiful!

Make the Holidays Beautiful! Come to English Gardens!

At the end of the day, we all enjoy putting a smile on our, and other’s faces, come to English Gardens at any one of our convenient locations and Make Today Beautiful!

Make Today Beautiful! Come to English Gardens!

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