Floral artist Esther Davis uses natural elements such as running cedar to decorate a mantel at the White Oak Tea Tavern in Salem.
Photo by Esther Davis
This arrangement by Esther Davis for the tea tavern combines winterberry, variegated euonymus leaves, sprigs of rosemary, pine cones and glossy magnolia leaves.

For almost 200 years, the Preston House has anchored the west end of the Salem community. And this holiday season, the home now known as the White Oak Tea Tavern has been accented with arrangements of wild and long-cultivated plants which reflect the grace of the house.

The collections of deep green Virginia pine, twisted tawny willow branches, plumes of gray-green rosemary, scarlet-edged nandina leaves, blue berries of red cedar, cones from evergreens and seed pods show up on window sills, in fireplaces and on tables in the public rooms.

Garlands of running cedar frame one…

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