2012 Villager Nursery Christmas Offerings
The Villager boys (all of us) go out for several days each November and harvest fresh, high elevation silvertip Christmas trees from snowy mountain tops (talk about a work-out). With the incredible fall we enjoyed this year, we had to wait and wait and wait until it got cold enough to harvest (if we harvest before the deep cold, the trees don't hold-up in your home).
And, of course, as soon as it was cold enough to harvest we received enough snow to keep us out of much of the high country. In spite of chains and slippery slopes and post-holing through snow atop brush, we managed to bring down a few good loads of nice Silvertip. We also harvested some very full white fir from slightly lower. We may yet get out to harvest a few more.
We also brought down 150 BEAUTIFUL fresh Noble Fir from a great little grower, high in the Oregon coast range. Troy (the grower) uses compost teas and organic fertilizers for superior trees. He actually measures for degrees Brix (°Bx: sugar content) of his fir needles and compares his to other growers. His have far more sugar and as a result, hold more water, last much longer and are more aromatic. We have Noble Fir from 5-14'.
Troy harvests a portion of our Noble Fir with more natural form ("Open Grade"). These have the tiers of branches with space for ornaments (like Silvertip) but with twice as many branches, rich green color and the superior Noble Fir fragrance.
While many tree lots sell through thousands of trees, Villager nursery usually sells 2-300. We have 50 or so for folks that pre-order in September and October and we cut-to-order Silvertips up to 25ft. tall. It is not to late to reserve a tree: call or e-mail to let us know what you'd like so we can tag it and keep it in the shade.
We usually only sell a third of our trees before the 18th of December and the bulk between the 19-22nd: 4 busy days after weeks of taking care of them and shaking off the snow. The trees stay very fresh in our "refrigerated" climate.
If you're interested in living trees we have hardy Colorado and Engelmann Spruce. Our care instructions here and Spruce planting instructions here.
As always we have a large selection of wreaths from 19in. to 6ft. We have mixed and fresh cedar garland by the 75ft. roll or by the foot. We have mistletoe, greens by the pound, swags, etc... Sales of our super-full 23" mixed wreaths support a non-profit horticultural training center, providing training and employment opportunities to men and women with varying developmental disabilities. We've been offering their wreaths since 1984.
In the shop we have beautiful ornaments, candles, soaps, and a nice selection of subtle holiday accoutrements.
We are still here. The lights are still on.
Merry Christmas to anyone who might read this! Thanks so much for keeping us alive.
Villager Nursery, Inc