The Plant Professionals Work Magic for Your Winter Holidays
Whether it’s business or residential, or for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, The Plant Professionals are starting their 32nd season in specialty holiday decorating. The staff magically transforms into holiday elves and works together to provide an experience to fit a client’s vision and budget.
For The Plant Professionals, the holiday decorating season began in January with visits to design showrooms, researching new products for the holiday season. In summer and fall, contacts are made with current clients to see what updates or changes they desire for decorations stored at The Plant Professionals. An updated proposal is sent to the client to review and approve. Once a proposal is approved, installation and take-down dates are scheduled.
Design Is the Focus
Tabletop to 25-foot decorated trees, along with wreaths, garlands, swags, sleighs and reindeer, polar bears, carolers and elves are available for purchase or seasonal rental. The Plant Professionals offers more than 40 styles of artificial trees. Michigan-grown red, white or pink marbled poinsettias, and over 60 different styles and colors of ribbons are offered. Bows, swags and decorated wreaths are crafted and assembled in-house. Client selections can range from the traditional to contemporary. Each project is customized as to color, design and proportion.
“We try to accommodate the needs of each client,” says Kathy Valentine, President of The Plant Professionals. “Whether the client wants a few decorated wreaths, garlands and poinsettias, or envisions a huge animated or LED-lit holiday display, we work very hard to deliver quality products and installation at a reasonable price. We have eight staff members safety-certified in operating boom and scissor lifts. Four designers take new work from concept to completion.
“We pre-decorate as much as possible at our facility, and schedule installations to cause the least disruption to a client’s day-to-day business. Trees to 8’ can be transported whole to the job site. We use Michigan suppliers whenever possible for holiday plants and greens, and harvest greens locally for our exterior planter work. We can provide fresh or artificial wreaths, garlands and arrangements.
“On Nov. 1, staff began checking lights on current clients’ trees, wreaths and garlands, and replacing any non-functioning lights. We recommend LED lights because they last longer, cost less to operate and do not generate heat.
“Clients can rent or purchase their décor,” adds Valentine. “We offer holiday storage at our facility once the holiday season is over. All décor is handled with care, wrapped, boxed and labeled. Most businesses do not have adequate storage space for holiday décor, and our ‘North Pole’ is dedicated for that purpose. We’ve built and enhanced many long-standing client relationships because we offer safe and accessible storage.”
“New commercial and residential clients are invited to call as early as possible for the best selection of holiday décor availability. As with our existing clients, we meet and talk with each client about their specific needs, and develop a proposal based on their budget and preferences. Once a proposal is accepted, we order needed materials, begin creating the decorations, and schedule an installation time.”
We offer exterior wreaths, trees, lighting and décor, but we don’t seek stand-alone perimeter or tree lighting. We have a strong relationship with a local company who we are
glad to refer.
Many of The Plant Professionals’ clients hold holiday parties on-site, off-site or in their homes. The Plant Professionals decorates for themed holiday events, creating and installing specialty trees, centerpieces, wreaths, garlands and poinsettias.
The Plant Professionals offers “make-and-take” events of wreaths and centerpieces from November through mid-December. “These events,” says Valentine, “are scheduled by service, social and garden clubs for up to 40 individuals. We provide the work space, materials and step-by-step instruction. Everyone goes home with an individually-created, beautiful décor item they can display with pride or give as a gift.”
Does The Glitter Ever Wear Off?
“Our staff,” adds Valentine, “are dedicated to offering beauty and sparkle to our clients, and relieving them of the work and stress. We really enjoy decorating and love putting smiles on people’s faces. Though we are open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, we typically meet on location with clients to discuss their holiday needs. We offer what you can’t find online or in most retail stores.”
Call The Plant Professionals at (517) 327-1059 or visit their website — www.theplantprofessionals.com and use the “Contact Us” form.