Jack Jurries is pictured hanging garland on the mansion.
Jack Jurries is pictured hanging garland on the mansion.
A Woodruff garden center created a special touch in the Christmas decor of Wisconsin governor’s executive residence in Madison this holiday season. 

JJ’s Acres, owned and operated by Jack and Judy Jurries, were one of several florists selected to adorn the Madison mansion this year. For the Jurries, this was their fourth year participating. 

“It was a pleasure,” Jack Jurries said after returning from the trip, where it took several hours one sunny winter day with wife, Judy, and several employees, to make the mansion festive with other state florists and decorators. “It was great. Everyone at the mansion was very helpful. It was a lot of fun. We really looked forward to it.”

JJ’s Acres, with employees Kim Hansen, Ronda Gross and John Flip, utilized their uniquely-designed wreaths, roping and decor for the special job. They called the theme, “In Honor of Wisconsin.” 

To perform the job, Judy Jurries indicated they drew on inspiration from around the area — from the lakes and the trees to the changing seasons.

“Our beautiful state has so much to celebrate from our green forests to our crystal clear lakes, from our sunny summer days, crisp colorful falls and peaceful snowy nights,” Judy Jurries said. “The ‘W’ on the door represents two things: this beautiful state of Wisconsin and the great hospitality of the Walker family and all the good they have done for our state.” 

Other florists who took part this year included Impressions by Esther Fleming of Milwaukee, Avalon Floral of Eau Claire, Buds ’n Blooms Design Studio of De Pere, The Bruce Company of Middleton, and Edgewater Greenhouse, Portage. 

“The hospitality of the staff is outstanding” Judy Jurries said of the executive residence. “This first lady is wonderful. It’s been a huge honor for us to represent Northern Wisconsin.”

JJ’s Acres incorporated a blend of mixed pine in their garlands, roping, wreaths, embellishments and decor, all with natural materials such as mixed pine, grapevine, pine cones, dogwood and twigs collected from the Northwoods. Cedar from Michigan also was incorporated into the 2018 design. It is all volunteer hours.