It Takes a Village

Floral Designer Kim Holland hangs greenery
in 1875: The Steakhouse
You know what it takes to decorate your house for the holidays (untangling the lights alone can be a nightmare).  Now just imagine being in charge of decorations for the entire French Lick Resort!  No wonder Floral Manager Kim Holland starts the process in early September.


Put it this way…even before the new stuff arrives, there are already 94 crates (4ft x 8ft) stacked floor-to-ceiling shipyard style in the warehouse just waiting for their November awakening. And Kim can tell what is inside every one. She keeps copious notes on the contents and final destination of each and every piece in her appropriately colored green folder.

Until the time comes to start placing all the holiday cheer, Kim and her elves Paig Trinkle and Janis Benner unpack the latest treasures (boxes and boxes arrive daily…just like Christmas), map out the plan to get everything up by mid-November and develop new features.
 
Paig Trinkle decorates a tree
Employees get the garland ready





















In less than three weeks, Kim and her crew (which at this point includes employees from around the resort) place and decorate some 30 Christmas trees, including the 40 ft. showpiece in the atrium of the West Baden Springs Hotel and the vintage toy themed tree out front of the French Lick Springs Hotel. Not to mention countless wreaths, miles of garland, dozens of poinsettias and plenty of bows.
 
The centerpiece of the French Lick Springs Hotel
Kim says after working 80 hour weeks and “not seeing her family for the month of November” she is always rewarded when she sees guests enjoying the d├ęcor.  “It makes it all worthwhile.”

Interested in seeing Kim's work for yourself? Visit our website for all the holiday offerings.