By Mickie Chenault, TCNP, NHG Contract Sales Manager and Nursery Buyer
Summer may have been sweltering in Dallas, but I got to escape the heat this year with a visit to the Burton family Christmas tree farm in rural Washington state. We take great pride in our selection and care of Christmas trees, and the purpose of my visit was to see their growing practices in person and hand-select new trees for the 2014 holiday season. I’m happy to say that the trip was well worth it. Guests to NHG this season will find an exciting selection of trees from which to choose.
Burton Christmas Tree Farm is situated in a valley, surrounded by mountains that are covered in towering Douglas fir, Hemlock and Western Red Cedar trees. Leaving SeaTac airport, we took Highway 167 through the small town of Puyallup where we were treated to a grand view of Mt. Rainer. This Texas girl had never visited the Pacific Northwest before, and the scenic beauty was awe-inspiring.
The Burton family takes great pride in their sustainable practices and care deeply for protecting the natural environment. The beautiful Noble and ‘Burton Blue’ Noble firs are grown on the lower slopes of the mountains on the farm, and crew members wear stilts to navigate the rocky terrain. I’m particularly excited that NHG will have a selection of the uniquely beautiful ‘Burton Blue’ Noble firs this year; they have a silvery blue coloring and an open natural form that’s ideal for displaying your ornaments.
We’re also including in our selection our favorite Nordmann, Noble and Frazier firs this year, and expanding the selection of sizes for each category. We’re continuing our tradition of suspending our trees where they’re in water at all times, giving you a 360° view while ensuring they stay fresh.
Everyone at the Burton farm was gracious and helpful, and I greatly enjoyed my tour and the opportunity to make selections in person.
Whether North Haven Gardens has been part of your family’s holiday traditions for decades or you’re new to our Christmas offerings, you’ll find our quality, selection and standard at NHG well worth visiting.