Our Story

Photo by Paige Newton for The Scout Guide Austin Volume 6

Hey y’all, We are Gracious Garlands.

Come on in. Pull up a chair while we tell you about our roots.

Gracious Garlands is an online greenery boutique whose concept took root in Nashville, TN over 20 years ago by Vicki Worsham and lives on by her daughter, now owner, Elle Worsham at our national headquarters in Austin, TX. Vicki recognized that holiday greenery available to residents in Nashville dried up before Christmas and was not as beautiful as she was looking to find. She thought others might be experiencing the same dilemma so she set out to discover the most talented farmers with the highest quality of greens. Since then, our mission has been twofold: to locate long-lasting gorgeous greenery and to make decorating easier for you. 

We design new and unique greenery products and then, begin the search for farmers around the country who grow these greens we’d like use for our designs. We work with these farmers to perfect our products until they are up to the Gracious Garlands standard. When you place an order, your greens are cut from the farm, assembled and shipped out all within the same day. We ship our beautiful greens nationwide, right to your doorstep, 365 days a year and have local holiday pop-ups in Nashville and Austin. We love working with homeowners, interior designers, brides, event vendors, planners and florists to make life’s moments more beautiful and less stressful one greenery delivery at a time.

To dig deeper into our foundation, we invite you to read the gorgeous article published by the inspiring Austin magazine, Tribeza.

Have a question we didn’t cover above? Checkout our FAQ below for more of the nitty gritty.

We believe in sustainable, ethical, hospitable, charitable business practices

and strive to weave these themes into every decision we make.

Core Values

Ethical

People are the backbone of our business. Fair wages and ethical working conditions are a high standard we hold for ourselves as well as the farmers and craftsmen who make our products. Read about the amazing manufacturing company in Cambodia, tonle who we partnered with to make our recycled linen tree skirts.

Hospitable

We believe everyone has a seat at the table and that showing hospitality to all people is the key to a full life and a healthy business. We hope we make you feel at home here and sure hope you’ll pull up a seat and tell us about the powerful stories of your life.

Sustainable

We are a made-to-order shop which means every green or tree that is cut from our partner farms, goes right into the hands of our customers. We do make one exception to this rule – at our local holiday pop-ups in Nashville and Austin we always have a few extra wreaths, trees and garlands ready-to-purchase by new friends who discover us during this special time of year.

Charitable

We currently have the privilege of offering seasonal work to those who may not otherwise have employment during the holidays. Our long term goal is to be able to offer employment to the graduates of our favorite non-profits, Thistle Farms and Magdalene House ATX.

Communal

Better together. We believe in the practice of collaboration over competition. We love to partner with other brands to leverage their businesses. We live for sharing our favorite local happenings with you. And, we long for bridge building between our customers and the non-profits we support.

Personalized

You are important to us. From start to finish, we aspire to provide excellent and personal customer service. No one home, wedding or office party is or should be the same so let us help you bring some greenery life to your dreams.

“Love is the most powerful force for change in the world.”

Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms

love heals

We pledge 3% of sales to Thistle Farms in Nashville and Magdalene House ATX. By shopping with Gracious Garlands, you are aiding in rebuilding the lives of women survivors of sex trafficking, incarceration and addiction.

We are grateful to have the opportunity to financially support these organizations. In addition to our financial pledge, we also carry Thistle Farms fabulous natural products that make great gifts for someone special or yourself! Shop those yummy candles here.

Furthermore, we are so inspired by our goals of deepening these partnerships through educating our customers on the trafficking crisis, particularly in the US and helping to build community reintegration solutions for the graduates of Magdalene House ATX.