CHOOSE ’N CUT FRASER FIRS

MAGGIE VALLEY :: WAYNESVILLE :: NORTH CAROLINA

OPENS NOV 11, 2016 - DEC 11, 2016 ::  WEEKENDS ONLY

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Choose n' Cut Christmas Trees at the Farm

Maggie Valley / Waynesville, North Carolina

Great Smoky Mountains

 

Easy paved access, lots of parking, restrooms, handicap facilities, free refreshments, wreaths and gift items in our hospitality tent.

 

You select the tree...we cut it, bale it and tie it on your vehicle or you can use our bow saws and cut it yourself! A wonderful family experience walking through the manicured fields and selecting your own tree! Payment forms accepted are cash, check, MasterCard, Visa.

 

Our retail lot is open daily at Grass Roots Gardens, Lake Junaluska with Cut Fraser Fir Trees and Live Fraser Firs for planting after the Holidays plus wreaths and roping made fresh daily and our popular Answer Stand Tree Stands open 10am-6pm.

 

Our first priority is quality, freshness and customer service. We welcome you to visit the farm and see the quality for yourself.

 

Your dogs are welcome on the farm  but need to be on a leash.  We ask that you do not bring them inside  our Hospitality Tent.

trees@boydmountain.com

Boyd Mountain Tree Farm

445 Boyd Farm Road,

Waynesville, NC 28785

E -MAIL: TREES@BOYDMOUNTAIN.COM

(828) 926-8888

 

Boyd Mountain Log Cabins and Christmas Tree Farm have been featured in several magazines including....
Our State Magazine March 2011, and an interview on UNC TV's NC People with Dr. William Friday (Sept. 2011).

The Perfect Fraser Fir Tree 5' to 18'

New Choose 'n cut dates for 2016

 

Friday, Nov. 11, 9am-5pm

Saturday, Nov. 12, 9am-5pm

Sunday, Nov. 13, 9am-5pm

Friday, Nov. 18, 9am-5pm

Saturday, Nov. 19, 9am-5pm

Sunday, Nov. 20, 9am-5pm

Thursday, Nov. 24, 9am-5pm

Friday, Nov. 25, 9am-5pm (Santa Visit)

Saturday, Nov. 26, 9am-5pm (Santa Visit)

Sunday, Nov. 27, 9am-5pm (Santa Visit)

Friday, Dec. 2, 9am-5pm

Saturday, Dec. 3, 9am-5pm  (Santa Visit)

Sunday, Dec. 4, 9am-5pm (Santa Visit)

Friday, Dec. 9, 9am-5pm

Saturday, Dec. 10, 9am-5pm

Sunday, Dec. 11, 9am-5pm

THE FARM

Fraser Fir Trees

Farm History

The Fraser fir was named for John Fraser, a Scottish botanist who explored the southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the late 1700s. It is a pyramid-shaped tree that reaches a maximum height of 80 feet and a trunk diameter of 1-1/2 feet.

 

The Fraser fir grows naturally only in the southern Appalachians, above 3,000 feet. The cool temperatures and lots of rainfall of the North Carolina High Country are what causes the Fraser fir to keep its needles throughout the Christmas season.

 

Over 50 million Fraser firs are grown in North Carolina on 25,000 acres for use as Christmas trees, and the Fraser fir represents over 90% of all the trees grown in North Carolina as Christmas trees. Christmas Trees haven't always been a Christmas Tradition. No one really knows who put up the first Christmas tree, but some historians believe that even the Egyptians and Romans used some form of an evergreen to decorate their homes in late December.

 

It is generally agreed that the first use of a tree as part of the Christian Christmas celebration was started over 400 years ago by the Germans. The Christmas tree was brought to America by the Hessian mercenaries that were paid to fight for the British during the Revolutionary War. In 1804, soldiers stationed at a fort near Chicago hauled trees to their barracks during Christmas.

 

In 1842, a German named Charles Minnegerode introduced the custom of decorated Christmas trees in Williamsburg, Virginia homes. His tree was described as being "splendidly decorated" with strings of popcorn, nuts, and lighted candles.

 

By 1900, one in five American families decorated trees during Christmas and by 1930, the tree had become a nearly universal part of the American Christmas.

The Boyd Farm has been continuously in the Boyd family for over 100 years, and continues to be a working farm. David J. Boyd and his wife Kate Moody Boyd were large landowners and a prosperous farming family. They had many hundreds of acres of land from the present location to further up Hemphil Road. The white house on the knoll as you come in to the property on Boyd Farm rd. is the Boyd Homestead, built in the early 1900's, where nine children were raised. The youngest daughter, Betty continues to occupy the homeplace now. The Boyd family raised cattle, and had crops of tobacco, corn, and potatoes --- David Boyd was known fondly as "Tater Dave" --- he lived to be 100 and died in 1970. The eldest son, Dock Boyd now deceased was father of Dan Boyd who is presently the owner of 130 acres of the family land which includes Christmas Tree farm and the cabin rentals and the log home he shares with his wife Betsy. Dan always had fond memories of his grandparents farm and reunions held by the pond every summer, and purchased this land in 1972 from two of his uncles and his father who had inherited this part of the farm allowing them to continue the cattle farming on the property if they would permit Dan and Betsy to build a log cabin on the property. Dan and Betsy built their home in 1974, and also a log outbuilding adjacent to their house, used for storage. They found the hand hewn cabins for their home in Spring Creek, Madison County, NC, Dandridge, TN near Lake Douglas, Hurricane section of "Twelve Mile Strip" and the Hemphill Community of Haywood County, NC.

 

When Uncle David, and Uncle Bob and his father gave up farming, Dan had a vision for his retirement from dentistry. He would grow Christmas Trees and restore antique log cabins on the property. In 1984 the first Fraser Fir Christmas Tree was planted and other seedlings were planted each year afterwards... and seven years later that first crop was harvested. Our Choose N Cut began in 1999. Some of the trees are now 25 years old.

 

In 1989 the first authentic log cabin used previously for storage was restored and became a rental cabin, The Shelton Laurel Cabin, the first of now seven cabins that have been restored as Boyd Mountain Log Cabins. The Shelton Laurel Cabin originally stood in Madison County, NC in the Shelton Laurel Community, the Meadow Fork Cabin restored in 1991 originally stood in the Meadow Fork Community of Madison County, NC the Millstone Cabin restored in 1993 was originally a cantilevered barn from Arden, NC the Long Branch Cabin restored in 1995 was from Whittier, NC near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cosby Cabin and the Little Cosby Cabin originally from Cosby, TN were connected by a dog trot and restored in 1997, the newest old cabin, Clinch Valley was relocated to Boyd Mountain in 2008 from the Clinch River Valley area of northeast Tn, near Ky and Va.

 

In 1994, Dan retired from his dental practice in Waynesville and devoted his time to growing trees, cabin rentals and restoration and operation of two car washes in Waynesville.

 

Dan and Betsy's son David, who owns Boyd's Landscaping and Hydroseeding lives in the large scribed log home on the top, and now manages the Christmas Tree Farm. Dan and Betsy's daughter, Mary Alice lives in Charlotte and works at Queens University and is a partner in Boyd Mountain Log Cabins and Christmas Tree Farm Family Limited Partnership.

PRICES

Christmas Tree Choose n' Cut Price List

 

 

 

Size

5'-6'

6'-7'

7'-8'

8'-9'

9'-10'

10'-11'

11'-12'

12'-13'

13'-14'

14'-15'

 

Medium Tree Stand $34

this stand is good for up to a 6'

 

TreeLargeTree Stand $40

this stand is good for up to a 9'

 

TreeSuper Tree Stand $48

this stand is good for up to a 14' Tree.

 

Price

$35-60

$40-70

$50-90

$70-145

$90-160

$120-200

$140-240

$250-300

$300-350

$350-450

 

DIRECTIONS

 

ARTIFICIAL VS. REAL

Fake Christmas Trees

 

  • Fake Christmas trees are made in Korea, Taiwan, or China. Importing artificial trees contributes to the US trade deficit.
  • Fake Christmas trees are made from nonrenewable plastics. The manufacture of petroleum-based plastics use up natural resources. Once used, they are gone forever.
  • Furthermore, the manufacture of both plastic and metal components in the tree consume energy and create pollution.
  • The average use of a Fake Christmas tree is only 6 or 7 years. Eventually, they all go to the landfill as garbage.
  • Fake Christmas trees are not biodegradable. The plastics and metals that they contain, including lead, will remain in our landfills for centuries.
  • Three Asian wood-boring beetle species have been imported to America on the wooden trunks of Fake trees. Undetected, these insects could attack native forest trees and lumber.
  • Some consumers have suffered an allergic reaction to materials in their Fake tree.
  • When a Fake Christmas tree catches fire, it releases dangerous toxic fumes into the home.

 

Real Christmas Trees

 

  • Real Christmas trees are plantation grown on American family farms, making an important economic contribution to many rural communities in the United States.
  • Real Christmas trees absorb carbon dioxide and other harmful “greenhouse” gases and release fresh oxygen into the air. A Real Christmas tree has a fragrance beyond compare.
  • One acre of Christmas trees provides the daily oxygen requirement for 18 people. There are about 500,000 acres of Christmas trees in the United States which collectively provide oxygen for 9 million people daily. Young, fast-growing trees like Christmas trees release more oxygen than mature forest trees.
  • For every Real Christmas tree harvested, another one is planted in its place to ensure a steady supply year after year. Christmas tree fields support turkey, quail, songbirds, rabbits and deer.
  • When planted outside after the Holidays, balled and burlaped Real Christmas Trees temper winds, suppress loud sounds, filter dust, moderate temperature, and dissipate odors.
  • Real Christmas trees are an all-American renewable, recyclable resource. After the holidays, Real trees are chipped into biodegradable mulch, which replenishes soil in landscapes, parks, and schools. Most communities offer recycling programs.
  • Recycled Real Christmas trees are also used as wind and water barriers at beaches and river beds to fight sand and soil erosion. They protect our water supplies, and provide refuge for wildlife. When sunk in ponds, they provide excellent refuge and feeding areas for fish.
  • Real Christmas trees can be used as a feeding station and winter shelter for songbirds in your yard.
  • Some consumers are allergic to dust that accumulates on surfaces of Real trees grown outside. You can wash most allergens off by spraying the tree with water before bringing it inside.
  • The safest Christmas tree is a fresh, well-watered tree. A Real tree has never started a fire. Faulty Christmas lights, candles, and fireplaces can start tree fires

Growing & Harvesting Trees Helps the Environment

 

 

Did you ever think that by using a live Christmas tree in your house that you were actually helping the environment? Real trees help the environment from the time they are planted until after the holiday season when they can be recycled.

 

While they are growing, Christmas trees support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases while giving off fresh oxygen. Every acre of Christmas trees planted gives off enough oxygen to meet the needs of 18 people. Today in America there are enough Christmas trees planted that 18 million people a day are supplied with oxygen. Also, the farms that grow Christmas trees stabilize soil, protect water supplies, and provide a refuge for wildlife while creating a nice scenic view.

 

 

Often, Christmas trees are grown on soil that will not support any other crops. And when one Christmas tree is cut down, one or two are replanted in its place. Artificial trees are made from oil-based products that use up our natural resources. They are also not recyclable and will remain in land-fills for centuries after disposal.

 

Real Christmas trees, on the other hand, are recyclable. The branches and trunk are biodegradable and can be made into mulch for the garden. A Christmas tree placed in the back yard will make a nice bird feeder and the birds can also use the trees branches for shelter during the winter winds. Large quantities of trees make effective barriers on beaches to prevent soil erosion. Sunk into ponds, the trees will also make an excellent refuge and feeding area for fish.

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Boyd Mountain Tree Farm

445 Boyd Farm Road,

Waynesville, NC 28785

E -MAIL: TREES@BOYDMOUNTAIN.COM

(828) 926-8888

 

Boyd Mountain Log Cabins and Christmas Tree Farm have been featured in several magazines including....
Our State Magazine March 2011, and an interview on UNC TV's NC People with Dr. William Friday (Sept. 2011).