WILTON, Conn. It's time to search for that perfect Christmas tree, and if youre not looking to cut your own, Wilton has several options. One sits right in the Village Center on Old Ridgefield Road.
The Wilton Garden Center has set up shop with trees and wreaths for sale starting at $75 for just a tree. Carlos Garcia, who works for the Garden Center, said the garden center provides full service.
We do the fittings for the stands and we also deliver and put in the stand as well, so basically you come here with your stand or if you left the stand at home we do deliver the tree and put the stand in for you, Garcia said. If anything does happen, if it falls or if it needs decorations, we do that as well. We also decorate the houses.
But for that full service expect to pay $125 and more.
The Garden Centers tree shop is open every day right up until Christmas, starting at 8 a.m. and closing around 6 p.m. on week days and 8 to 9 p.m. on weekends.
You can also head over to Ambler Farms for the 8th annual Holiday Greens Sale. It's open for two weekends Dec. 3-4 and 10-11 and trees ranging from 5 to 14 feet will be on sale.
With a Santa and cocoa, Ambler Farm Board Member Dan Riley said that People come to Ambler farm not only to buy their tree but to come to the event.
Trees sales at Ambler Farm go towards funding the farm and prices will vary.
But, if you are looking to cut your own tree driving to Easton might not be a bad idea.
Easton can be considered the holy grail of Christmas tree farms in Fairfield County. Just do a quick Google search and dozens of Christmas farms in the town pop up. Some of the farms in Easton have been thriving for centuries while others have been around only a few years.
Its hard not to notice the signs on almost every street corner promoting local Christmas tree farms. One farm, Maple Row on North Park Avenue, has been around since the 1700s although it has been growing Christmas trees exclusively for only a half century.
Cutting down a tree at Maple Row is quite an experience. The 200-acre farm is broken up into four smaller sections, which Farmer Jim Edwards said is designed to give a more intimate experience. Christmas tree hunters are allowed to roam all over the property, walking as far back as possible in search for the perfect tree just remember you might have to carry it back yourself.
Maple Row has cultivated various types of trees for this holiday season. Although the Douglas fir and the Colorado blue spruce are the most popular trees, Edwards said the farm has seven other variety of trees available, including the Canaan fir, Fraser fir, white spruce, Norway spruce, white pine and the Concolor fir.
When asked if he had any special tips for residents once they get their trees home, Edwards said, There are so many things people say you should do but none of them have been scientifically proven."
"The only thing we can say is to water, water and water. Keeping the tree hydrated is most important. If you do that, then you are all set, he said.
The farm also sells boughs, wreaths, ropes, stands and pre-cut trees.
Cutting down your own tree is a great family experience. We have returning customers who have been coming here, every year, for years. Its nice to be a part of those memories, Edwards said.
Maple Row Tree Farm, located at 555 North Park Avenue, is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. They will also be open on Christmas Eve until noon. The price of a tree during the weekdays is $52, on the weekends its $62.
JUST A FEW OF EASTON'S CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS:
Snows Farm: 550 Sport Hill Rd. Has a variety of pre-cut trees with prices based on size and fullness of the tree. Snows Farm is open Monday to Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Everett Tree Farm: Rt. 59 at Sherwood Rd. Has a variety of cut your own and precut trees for sale, any tree costs $50. Open only on the weekends between 9 a.m. and dusk.
Ganims Tree Farm: 130 Center Rd. Any cut your own tree is $39.99. Prices and hours unavailable.
Silvermans Farm: 451 Sport Hill Rd. All trees are precut and prices vary on size and fullness of the tree. The farm is open everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sabia Tree Farm: 772 Morehouse Rd. All pre-cut trees are $50. Hours of operation were unavailable.
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