“Urban to suburban” may be our mantra, but it’s not often we meet a business that combines suburban charm with urban convenience. Allandale Farm in Chestnut Hill is a fully functioning farm and greenhouse just a stone’s throw away from downtown Boston.
They were kind enough to lend us their expert tips on how to pick a great Christmas tree so you and your family can delight in the sight, smell, and feel of a real tree this holiday season.
Not all trees are the same
Allandale carries three different types of trees, each worth considering:
Balsam Fir – When you close your eyes and picture a Christmas tree, you’re picturing a Balsam. Balsams are the traditional Christmas tree known for their affordability and distinctive “holiday aroma” many of us love.
Fraser Fir – Frasers are the tree of choice for those who like the Balsam but want something that lasts a little longer and is a little lusher. They lack the aroma of a Balsam so if that is important to you make sure you get a Balsam wreath!
White Pine – The adventurous decorators love a White Pine. These trees look like they came straight from your backyard. Their long needles and soft branches look great but are not ideal for traditional ornaments, making this tree the ideal canvas for your creativity.
Measure Twice, Cut Once
Tree are like clothes, they’re just better when they fit well. Make sure to measure your space and the tree you want to ensure they match. Keep in mind that Allandale recommends cutting 2” off the bottom of the tree to remove the sap crust and allow water to flow into the tree, but will cut as little or as much as you want.
You don’t host a holiday party without great accessories, and neither should your tree! Get the right wreaths, tree stand, tree skirts, and other accessories to make sure your tree looks its best for your guests. This will turn an good tree into a great tree.