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Hi, Rebecca here. I wanted to take a minute to share a personal story with you. I’m new to the Bayview Farm and Garden family and I’m loving it. I get to come into work and be surrounded by nature’s beauty on this 2 ½ acre sanctuary and find out from an amazingly talented group of people what is new in their worlds, from cool plants to trees to organic pet food or what new fresh deliciousness is happening in the café and share that information with y’all.
Before I started working here, I knew about Bayview Farm and Garden but I didn’t know what made it so cool. I love shopping locally and I’m a big fan of meaningful living. I quickly found out that BFG is a family, they care about each other and they care about the community. I also found out that they are absolutely committed to non-toxic and organic solutions and were committed to it long before it was COOL. I also found out that they know their Stuff. I am constantly blown away at the depth of information they provide and how they care to help customers understand their purchases to have a thriving garden, healthy pet or good experience with quality tools and products.
On that note, here is my personal story… I have always, always wanted to have a live Christmas tree. When I was little I remember my parents pointing out the HUGE pine tree in the front yard time and time again, telling us that it was their very first Christmas tree. Why we never did it again, I have no idea.
While I was posting the information on the website about How to Care for Your Live Holiday Tree, I realized that I finally had the information about how to have a live holiday tree and was finally in a place to be able to do it. I have my own family now and this holiday will be the first Christmas that my daughter and I are in our own house, with our own yard. Perfect!
I decided to make it our tradition to come to the Holiday Open House at Bayview, get Santa photos taken and pick out our perfect tree. It happened to have snowed, but we made it in anyway and my daughter had a great time running around in the snow looking at every tree to see which tree might be right for us. I still had a few questions about caring for a live tree and was a little sad that we wouldn’t have the tree inside for as long. So I talked to Brian. He answered all of my questions and told me more about a sweet little tree we were looking at. It was a ‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke’ Korean Fir, a slow growing tree that doesn’t grow very tall. It has little pine cones that look blueish-purple when they first come out and the underside of the needles have a silvery glow. Awesome! We found our tree. It just happened to be in a gorgeous green pot that went perfectly with it (of course I had to get the pot!).
When we brought it home, I decided to set it on our front porch and put lights on it. It seemed to make up for not having it inside as long as a cut tree as we can enjoy its wonder through the window or when we come home at night. My daughter and I will soon bring it inside for the holiday and decorate it. Before we do, we are going to make another fun day and come back to BFG to pick out a few special ornaments from the huge variety of handmade, off-beat decorations in the Garden Shop or Cafe. What I imagine will be even more rewarding than decorating our little tree is when we plant it together and watch it grow…
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