Pomegranates are traditionally a symbol of prosperity; Thomas Jefferson is said to have tried to grow them (unsuccessfully) at Monticello. Together with magnolia leaves, pine cones, and pheasant feathers, they make a beautiful natural garland to dress up a plain mantel or complement a grand one.
Garland custom made for This Old House
by Lee's Flower and Card Shop
, a Teleflora
florist. Directions for making a similar one, using about $100 in materials, are available through POM Wonderful
Pheasant feather bunch, about $5; Michaels