The sights and the sounds of the season are all around, but no place more than at Eight Corners Farm where the heady aroma of balsam hangs in the air and the lights and decorations put customers in the mood for the holidays.
Owner Rhonda Davis and her husband, Chris, have been preparing for the holidays since October and it has been this way for 10 years. Eight Corners Farm, at the corners of Albion and Windham Center Road, started out as a farm for 4-H sheep that belonged to the Davis’ children. After they grew up, Rhonda turned her hobby of floral design and decorating into a backyard business. Now 10 years later, they are a growing, successful business with quality products to liven up any party, event or holiday festivity.
“My hobby grew into my career,” Rhonda said. With the converted sheep barn and four greenhouses, Eight Corners Farm has grown to a year round business with commercial growing accounts, decorating in the summer and at the holidays as well as landscaping, hardscaping, fall and spring clean up and garden maintenance. Chris manages the landscaping part of the business. Rhonda designs bouquets and arrangements for funerals, special events and weddings. She was named Maine State designer of the year and has taught adult education classes locally.
“One of the best designers in the State of Maine? That’s when they say Rhonda Davis,” Chris said. Every order is a custom order and made to be one of a kind, Rhonda said.
This summer she travelled to Las Vegas where she rubbed elbows with some of the best designers in the world. The theme of the floral design conference was passion. “This is my passion,” she said, mentioning that fresh flowers are her specialty. She also likes to bake and is not above “bribing” a customer’s husband to wait while she whips up a holiday centerpiece.
Rhonda also recycles vases and spring containers, she said. Many people bring in their own containers to be filled. The greenery used by Eight Corners Farm at the holidays comes from the land the Davis’ own in northern Maine.
Rhonda also volunteers and fosters for Doggies for Maine Lab Rescue.
Eight Corners Farm still has boxwood trees, fresh centerpieces, candles, wreaths and kissing balls for sale at reasonable prices. Rhonda can also suggest items for hostess gifts. The farm will be closed from right after Christmas until March, when they will begin planting in the greenhouses. To contact the farm, call Rhonda at 615-9968 or Chris at 615-9977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.