Recent Work

What is to follow does by no means represent all of the winter and holiday container work that was done this season, but it’s a start.  It will take a few more posts to talk about them all. But I could not be happier for the incredible, thoughtful and memorable work of staff from Deborah Silver and Co, The Branch Studio, and Detroit Garden Works.  They make it all happen, and I watch their process and their production with great respect and awe. There is a whomping lot of pictures to follow, all in celebration of the 2021 winter season in the garden.



  1. Beautiful

  2. Beautiful! You have inspired me to do outside lighting at my house! I enjoy it so much now that it gets dark so early!

    I think of how you say”light up the night!”
    My neighbors have said they enjoy seeing it as well!!
    I wish I lived near your store so I could visit and see all the lovely things there!❤️

  3. Stunning. . . each and everyone of them. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Absolutely inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Absolutely gorgeous Deborah, never ever less! Merry Christmas Deborah to you and yours!

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Suzanna, many thanks for your letter. We put effort to all of the work. Merry Christmas to you and yours too. best regards, Deborah

  6. Catherine Cartwright says

    Truly wondrous gifts from you, your company and talented staff ! Sharing these creations of nature for us all to enjoy and appreciate is inspiring !! Merry Christmas !!

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Catherine, we are a good group that has been together a long time. That experience shows, I think. all the best, Deborah

  7. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Kitty Gibson says

    Oh Deborah!!! Such beautiful planters at beautiful homes!
    Winter ain’t so bad when we can enjoy the talented work of
    your associates. Thank you for sharing!

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Kitty, that is the whole point-making a gardening season in the winter that is satisfying and interesting. Our winters are long! best, Deborah

  9. Kate in snowless Boston says

    You’ve been very busy!
    Thank you for bringing visual elegance to our eyes!
    I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and perhaps a bit of rest in front of a cheery fireplace as well.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Kate, the season is about 6 weeks-and we work 6 days a week. Its a very intense period of time that oddly enough, flies by. Good to hear from you, best, Deborah

  10. Linda Lawrence says

    Deborah: You and your staff bring so much beauty and inspiration to the season with your incredible designs and creativity. Truly astounding in every way!! And thank you for your generosity in sharing so graciously… bring joy to many….thank you and have a magical Christmas !!!!

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Linda, many thanks for your kind letter. I enjoy the writing and the sharing-it is a part of the work that I treasure. best regards, Deborah

  11. Merry Christmas to you and all the DGW team! Hope we all have a healthy new year.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Christine, we are all hoping for a good new year, and grateful for what thew garden provides. kind regards, Deborah

  12. Deborah: you designers are beyond beautiful, your home decorations are gorgeous. What a neighbor you are. We have been on Cherokee for 57 years and we have loved your beautiful genius for years.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Higgins, I am so surprised and pleased to get this letter from you! It is a special tribute, coming from a long time neighbor. I have lived there 24 years now. Many thianks, Deborah

  13. Lesia Domnik says

    Fantabulous….Happy Holidays to you & yours!

  14. Wishing you all the best. Happy Holidays. As always, your holiday decorating and plantings are fantastic. The decor brings joy and happiness to all. Let the light shine and brighten our days.

  15. Kate in snowless Boston says

    You’ve been very busy!
    Thank you for bringing visual elegance to our eyes!
    I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and perhaps a bit of rest in front of a cheery fireplace as well.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Kate, we are enjoying the holiday yes. One thing that the pictures do not convey is how physically strenuous it is to fabricate and install these arrangements. I am sure everyone is enjoying their break. best, Deborah

  16. gerald r smith says

    Thank you

  17. Deborah- you and your teams continue to push the limits on what you can do with seasonal pots- they look amazing- but the real beauty lies in the details that exist on each and every installation. Best season ever!

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Dan, thank you for your letter. I am not sure how it happens, but the longer we do this, we approach the work in more depth. best regards, Deborah

  18. Kelly A Hollis says

    Hi Deborah,
    I stumbled on your site about 5 years ago, and since have become obsessed. It’s absolutely stunning. This year I tried to replicate one of your planters. Not anywhere near as spectacular, but I love coming home to see it. By chance, do you ever have classes? I live in North Carolina, but I would come to Michigan in a heartbeat if I could take a class. Your work makes me smile, and I always leave your posts with admiration and encouragement. It inspires me! Thank you for it, and Merry Christmas!

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Kelly, thank you for your amazing letter! It is so satisfying that you have taken from the writing,and created your own winter pots. I do not give classes, but over the years I have written a lot about the design and fabrication of the pots-in all the seasons. best regards, Deborah

  19. Jill Bassett says

    Just beautiful! As a gardener, I do appreciate all the natural beauty and colors in the designs. You and your team are so inspirational! Hope you all enjoy a little well-deserved rest!

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Jill, thank you for your letter. The work can be exhausting, but the results are energizing.Anything to keep gardening! best, Deborah

  20. All this beauty happens with your the orchestration….. of your artistic eye,choosing and mentoring your team and having the vision of how to get these extraordinary ideas into reality that will last such harsh and challenging conditions. Curb appeal elevated to True Art. In this dark season, we have so many reasons that we need our spirits lifted. Thank you thank you thank you for such beauty and inspiration. Wishing you and everyone health, joy and Peace

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Marguerite, the year has been challenging and daunting, but the garden offers so much satisfaction and sanctuary. I never wanted to quit gardening in November, so the winter container sculptures was a way to keep the lights on and the door open. best regards, Deborah

  21. Thank you Deborah. These photos leave me speechless. They are each so unique and graceful and inspiring.

    I don’t know how you can conjure so much magic year after year with fresh, innovative designs. But you do so. And you are so generous to share them with your readers.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all your crew!

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Terry, so good to hear from you again-and many thanks for your encouragement and appreciation. Happy New Year to you are yours too! kind regards, Deborah

  22. So beautiful and such a treat to have your site to recommend any time the subject of beautiful work arises.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Melissa, what an incredibly nice thing to say. thank you, Deborah

      • Dear Deborah,
        Everyone I point in your direction is so very impressed. Thanks so much for sharing so generously.
        Happy New Year and All the Best to All of You,

  23. M A Jaworski says

    So exuberant and beautifully colour-coordinated with the house and entry! Each one is a work of art, and brings pleasure to owners, visitors and passers-by. May we see some of the night views? Here, in Ottawa (capital of Canada), sunset falls around 4:30 pm at the Winter Solstice, so the nights are long! Very best wishes for 2022.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear M, we do share the change of the seasons, and the dark winter days with you. Thank you for your letter. best, Deborah

  24. Beautiful. You and your team bring such beauty to your clients, communities and reach across the border to Canada. The acts of kindness that you share with us all by inviting us to see such beauty will always be remembered. The creativity of each of you has no boundaries and thank goodness for that. Thank you from our hearts.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Lynn, you are our neighbor to the north, so we share the change of the seasons. So glad that you are reading and keeping up with the work we do. best regards, Deborah


    The work that you and your staff create is absolutely stunning. The placement of every branch, plant, pine cone, and lighting is so well thought out, as well as the composition, colors, and placement at each client’s home. I can’t imagine the planning it took for each and every one of your masterpieces. Your creativity just flows from your heart. I love your work!!

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Deborah, thank you for your kind letter. My group has worked together a number of years, so that helps the work to flow. Keeping track of all of the details is key to the design, fabrication and installation-you are right about that. best regards, Deborah

  26. Clare Oliva says

    Wow, these winter arrangements are absolutely amazing! How wonderful it must be for your clients to come home to this kind of beautiful sight — whether in the daytime or at night. I live in northern New Jersey and I’ve never seen winter arrangements around here that are even remotely as nice as yours. Congratulations to you and your team for the magnificent work!

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Clare, I truly appreciate your letter, and I am sure my team will too. thank you and best regards, Deborah

  27. Jennifer Taylor says

    What a feast for the eyes! Your displays certainly take the beauty of these homes to another level. They are spectacular! Congratulations to your extremely talented staff. Wishing all of you at DGW and Branch a truly wonderful Happy New Year.

    • Deborah Silver says

      Good to hear from you Jennifer. My staff delivered a beautiful body of work-very proud of that. I hope your New Year is great too- all the best, Deborah

  28. Thank you for sharing; the work of you and your team is absolutely stunning! I hope to visit from the other side of the “mitten” this Spring. Happy new year!

  29. Sandy McInerney says

    I’ve followed you for years all the way from Pittsburgh. You continue to give me inspiration and I firmly believe it will result in my first trip to Detroit. Simply stunning!!!!! Happy happy New Year

    • Deborah Silver says

      Dear Sandy, thank you so much for your letter-I truly appreciate it. If you ever do get to the shop, please introduce yourself! Happy New Year to you too. best, Deborah

  30. Ruth Eisenman says

    Love them all. A total work of an artist. Absolutely gorgeous!

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