Planting Your Christmas Tree in the Gardens

12/08/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener An evergreen tree with a starring role in the mountains of Arizona is gaining nationwide popularity. The ‘Single Blue Pinyon Pine’ is a local variety that gives a bold appearance to a rustic tree.…

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To Grow Trees After their Holiday Duties

11/26/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The practice of using living trees over fresh-cut trees to decorate the holidays continues to increase in popularity. Over half of Watters’ local Christmas Tree sales are for living trees that will be planted…

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Buy the Freshest Tree on the Lot and Keep it Fresh

11/30/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Preparing for the holiday shopping season at Watters has been crazy this week.  It’s the annual mad rush to harvest, ship, unload, and set up hundreds of various holiday plants, trees, and poinsettias.  Fully…

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Landscape Evergreens Out Sell Cut Trees

12/09/2015 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener My achey-breaky-back!  Everything holiday-ish arrived this week: cut Christmas trees, poinsettias, landscape evergreens, even miniature fairy gardens arrived at the garden center, and my back is feeling it. (I may be exaggerating he amount…

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Fresh Cut Christmas tree varieties

12/09/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Fresh Cut Christmas tree varieties [youtube][/youtube] Which evergreens trees make the best cut Christmas tree, and learn which trees stay fresh longer.  

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Keeping Christmas Greens Fresh and Safe from Fire

12/04/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

In their inimitable states of seasonal freshness, cut garlands, wreaths, swags, and Christmas trees, have arrived at our greenhouse. A tree’s freshness is determined by its weight, which comes from its water content, so the heavier the tree and other…

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