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Executive Mansion receives gift of wreaths, Christmas tree from two Virginia tree farms

Crystal Graham
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Left to right: Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Matthew Lohr, Tim and Lori Grove, Caritas Tree Farm, Mt. Solon (wreath maker), First Lady Suzanne Youngkin, Governor Glenn Youngkin, John and Emily Houston, Sweet Providence Christmas Tree Farm, Floyd (tree grower), VDACS Commissioner Joseph Guthrie. (Submitted)

The Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association presented Gov. Glenn Youngkin and First Lady Suzanne Youngkin with a Christmas tree and two wreaths last week to display in the Executive Mansion for the holiday season.

The Christmas tree, a 10-foot fraser fir, is from Sweet Providence Christmas Tree Farm in Floyd County. The wreaths, featuring fraser fir, white pine, arborvitae, and red cedar, were made by Lori Grove of Caritas Tree Farm in Mount Solon.

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.”

Find Virginia Christmas tree growers or retail outlets at VirginiaGrown.com

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.