Fall Decorating Services Offer Picture-Perfect Pumpkins
Love fall decor but don’t have the time or craftiness to set up an autumn display? You’re in luck. Several farms in Tennessee offer fall decorating services, and they’ll gladly bring a picturesque piece of the farm to your front lawn.
Denise and Kenneth Wright started growing pumpkins on their Obion County farm in 2011 and began providing fall decorating services in 2013.
“We started growing pumpkins as a hobby just to see if we could do it and make a little extra money,” says Kenneth, who works full-time at Waymatic Inc., a custom metal fabrication lab his grandfather founded in South Fulton in 1954. “Now pumpkins are an obsession. We look forward to getting them in the ground every year, and our two boys, Gentry (6) and Jaxon (5), really enjoy planting, pulling weeds, washing and selling them with us.”
Denise is the “crafty” one in the family, so she combined her love of fall and decorating to create the Wright Pumpkins Fall Decoration Set-up and Removal Service. She is also a graduate student pursuing her master’s degree in speech pathology at Murray State University.
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“We borrowed the idea from our friend Andy Holt, who offers fall decorating services at his farm near Dresden,” Denise says. “It was a huge success our first year and has been such a blessing. We set it all up so people don’t have to deal with it, and we use good quality pumpkins. Many people want to have something pretty in their yard, but they don’t want to have to think about it.”
The Wrights serve Union City, Martin, South Fulton and western Kentucky. Their fall display packages cost $30 (small), $80 (medium) and $115 (large), while delivery and setup is a flat $25 fee. Each package includes bales of straw, Indian corn, gourds and pumpkins in different sizes. Clients can choose the amount they want to spend and can add colorful stacking pumpkins to their package in sets of three for $15 to $25, depending on the size. When the season ends, the Wrights will remove the display for $10.
“We wash every pumpkin and gourd in bleach water and scrub all the mud and dirt off so they last longer,” Kenneth says. “One lady told us her fall display lasted until Christmas.”
The family advertises on Facebook, but most of their customers come by word-of-mouth.
“People start looking for pumpkins in mid-September, and they go fast. By the end of September, our large pumpkins are mostly gone,” Denise says. “Sometimes people see us setting up displays and decide they want one in their yard too. We put our heart into it and do everything to the best of our ability. You just tell us where you want your display to go, and we make it look picture-perfect.”
Denise was raised on a farm in Sharon, where her family, the Waterfields, farmed corn, soybeans and wheat and had dairy cattle.
“I grew up milking cows and helping during harvest, so farming is who I am,” she says. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Kenneth and I are so grateful for our parents, who have given us support and encouragement and helped us pick and wash so many pumpkins.”
If you’re interested in dressing up your lawn for harvest time, you can find farms that provide fall decorating services across the state. Among them are Holt Family Farms in Weakley County, Lucky Ladd Farms in Rutherford County, Classic Plantings Nursery and Fresh Produce in Cocke County, and Hidden Meadow Farms in Greene County.
“We have decorated several businesses and banks in the past two years, and we are starting to expand to private residences,” says Heather Williams, who owns Hidden Meadow Farms with her husband, Jonathan. “We have sold many decorative pumpkins, gourds, fodder and straw, and we’ve assisted customers in picking out items for home decorations from our sale location. This crop is the most exciting and fun for our entire family.”
If you’re the do-it-yourself type, consider trying to grow your own pumpkins.
“They’re a challenge, but a whole lot of fun,” Kenneth says. “UT Extension is a huge resource for great information on pumpkin growing, and their annual Pumpkin Field Day in September is awesome.”
Denise says “the sky is the limit” when it comes to decorating with pumpkins.
“You can be as creative as you want to be. Instead of cutting into pumpkins, it’s neat for kids to paint faces or designs on them with glow-in-the-dark puff paint,” she says. “Or get messy and cut into them. Make it fun and just explore God’s creation through pumpkins.”
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Here are a few of the Tennessee farms that offer fall decorating services.
The Wright Pumpkins
(731) 479-8016 or (731) 514-3207
Holt Family Farms
(731) 364-3459 or (731) 819-2261
Lucky Ladd Farms
Classic Plantings Nursery and Fresh Produce
(423) 721-8085 or (423) 237-3171
Hidden Meadow Farms