THE TREE WILL ARRIVE ON NOVEMBER 23 AT 9:00 AM IN FRONT OF THE TIDEWATER INN!
The Story of One Christmas Tree's Journey from Maine to Easton, Maryland to Shine Bright at Carols By Candlelight!
The Whalens have been growing Christmas Trees on their property since 1998, and on average attend to approximately 450-500 trees at any one time on 1/3 of an acre. They raise three species of trees: Balsam Fir, Frasier Fir and Canaan Fir. Mr. Whalen hand prunes the trees once a year, in the fall, and during mowing season keeps the rows well groomed and the spaces between the trees well trimmed. The planting of new saplings takes place in the spring, usually mid-April. The trees are fertilized and watered initially to insure a safe and healthy "start" in their new home, and from that point forward are left to grow naturally and chemical free (no spraying). Happy to report that for these past 21 years, the trees have thrived disease free. While not all trees grow up to be commercially viable in the open market and are susceptible to damage from deer, insects, ice storms, etc. growers normally anticipate about a 25% rate of attrition annually.
This venture started out, and continues to this day, as a hobby. The Whalens do not sell their Christmas trees, but donate and give them away each year to family, friends, neighbors, Veterans, and the Town of Eliot for display in their town common gazebo.
We are honored to be participating in Carols by Candlight (a new addition to this years Festival of Trees) and proud that one of our "children" will be featured, front and center at this magical Friends of Hospice event. Merry Christmas!