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November 27, 2023
Virginia Grown Christmas Tree and Wreaths to Adorn Virginia’s Executive Mansion
Contact: Michael Wallace
The Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association (VCTGA) presented Governor Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne Youngkin with a Christmas tree and two wreaths today to display in Virginia’s Executive Mansion for the holiday season. The Christmas tree, a 10-foot Fraser Fir, is from Sweet Providence Christmas Tree Farm in Floyd County and the wreaths, featuring Fraser Fir, White Pine, Arborvitae, and Red Cedar, were made by Lori Grove of Caritas Tree Farm in Mount Solon, Va. Following the tree and wreath delivery, Governor Youngkin presented the VCTGA with a proclamation proclaiming December as Virginia Christmas Tree Month.
"The Christmas season and time spent with loved ones around the tree spark so many wonderful memories for many Virginia families," said Governor Youngkin. "We thank Sweet Providence Christmas Tree Farm, Caritas Tree Farm and the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association for the stunning tree and wreaths."
Christmas trees are an important sector of Virginia's agriculture and forestry industries as there are more than 460 Christmas tree farms throughout the Commonwealth. Virginia is the seventh leading U.S. state in terms of total Christmas tree inventory, sixth in total tree acreage in production, and 13th in the number of operations with Christmas tree sales.
“Virginia Christmas trees are a beautiful way for your family to celebrate the holidays, and they serve as an economic driver in Virginia, generating more than $11.5 million in sales annually," said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Matthew Lohr. "With an inventory of more than 4.3 million trees, Virginians should have no problem shopping local and buying a Virginia Grown tree for their holiday decorations."
Search for Virginia Christmas tree growers or retail outlets at VirginiaGrown.com and on the VCTGA website at VirginiaChristmasTrees.org. Along with choose-and-cut and pre-cut trees, many farms also sell fresh-made wreaths, garlands, holiday greenery, roping, centerpieces and tree stands. Some offer special touches for a memorable family experience such as hot beverages, holiday treats and Christmas shops. Consumers should call ahead to confirm availability, hours of operation and any safety requirements.
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