Monday, December 12, 2011

Executive Mansion Christmas tree arrives in Richmond

Governor McDonnell, Mary Apperson, Bill Apperson

Governor McDonnell, Virginia Carroll, John Carroll

On Monday, John and Virginia Carroll of Claybrooke Farm in Louisa County presented a 12-foot Canaan fir Christmas tree to Governor Bob McDonnell for the Executive Mansion.

In addition to the tree, Jocelyn and Joe Lampert of Crazy Joe’s Tree Farm in Culpeper County presented wreaths and Bill and Mary Apperson of Millfarm Christmas Trees of Williamsburg provided greenery for the Mansion. The presentation took place in front of the Executive Mansion in Capitol Square.

These Christmas tree farmers won the honor of providing the Mansion decorations when the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association (VCTGA) chose their products as Grand Champions in their respective categories. The centerpiece of the decorations, the large Canaan fir, is in step with today’s emphasis on fresh, local, natural trees.

Christmas tree farming is a major agricultural industry in Virginia with more than a million trees harvested and sold annually from hundreds of farms throughout the state. Virginia is ranked in the top ten states in number of trees harvested, total tree acreage and number of operations. For every tree harvested, two to three seedlings are planted in its place, making real Christmas trees a renewable resource.

--From the Governor's official press release

Photos Courtesy of Michaele White, Governor’s Photographer

1 comment:

Garrett Watson said...

I brought my tree from Crazy Joe's Tree farm in Culpeper, great selection and low prices.