Christmas trees

Family treeLEABURG: “Buy a tree and support your school” has been the phrase at Spring Creek Holly Farm since 2010. It continues in 2014 during the fifth year of the Give Back To Schools program.
The idea is simple, when buying a Christmas tree mention your school’s name. Spring Creek Holly Farm will then donate 50% of the retail price of that tree to the school.
Over the last four years the program has raised over $18,000 for area schools. Of that amount, over $2,000 was generated for both Walterville School and McKenzie Schools.

Farm manager, Gregg Melland works throughout the year planning for the Christmas Tree season. “We have made improvements in our facilities and the quality of our trees to make this a great family experience” Melland says.

ConiferBy Kym Pokorny
We buy live Christmas trees with the best of intentions, promising ourselves to plant them in the garden as soon as the holidays are over. But resolve has a way of fading like resolutions after January.
Moved outside without the care they need, the beautiful, and not inexpensive, trees meant to go in the ground in winter, languish, fade to brown and eventually die. One alternative is to buy plants meant to stay in pots, said Al Shay, a horticulture instructor at Oregon State University.
“It’s a trade-off,” he said. “You give up big trees for smaller, slower-growing plants that you can bring in year after year. But what’s small? Is four feet too small? Three feet? It’s relative.”

Family with treeLEABURG: The Spring Creek Holly Farm will continue it’s Give Back to Schools program for the 2013 holiday season. The idea originated in 2010 when the farm partnered with area residents to raise money for local schools. Through the program, 50 percent of the retail price of each tree sold is donated to a school a purchaser designates.
In its first year the Give Back To Schools program raised $2,500 for 38 schools. Last year that number increased to over $6,300, while 48 local schools benefiting. The top five school recipients were: Walterville School - $806, Ridgeview Elementary - $772, Thurston Elementary - $714, McKenzie High School - $654, and Charlemagne At Fox Hollow Elementary School - $386.

 

Office at Spring Creek Holly Farm

Marilyn Janz has been a familiar face for people shopping at the Spring Creek Holly Farm’s office in Leaburg.

LEABURG: The third season of the Give Back To Schools program will begin the day after Thanksgiving at the Spring Creek Holly Farm.

 

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