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Tree selected: On to the White House PDF Print
Tuesday, 16 October 2007 10:25

 A crowd gathered at Mistletoe Meadows Christmas Tree Farm in Laurel Springs this morning.

That crowd included members of the National Christmas Tree Association like Pam Helsing.

 

They were all at the farm waiting to see which of Freeman's two trees will be presented to First Lady Laura Bush for presentation in the White House Blue Rooom.

 

White House officials, including chief usher Stephen Rochon, were on hand to select the perfect Christmas tree. It’s Rochon’s first White House Christmas, and he’s already having fun.

 

He's taking his time, he says, enjoying the drive through scenic Ashe County.

 

Mistletoe Meadows grower Joe Freeman had two trees that fit the height requirement, but it’s not just about height, he says.

 

The tree will be

 

The tree Rochon selected, which was 13 and a half feet wide and about 20 feet high, came with a bonus: a bird’s nest, which, Chief White House Floral Designer Nancy Clarke says could be a sign.

 

It's good luck, she says.

 

The tree will be transported next month to the White House where 92 volunteers will hang ornaments and ribbons. The White House crew plans to use approximately 50 trees this holiday season, many of which will be purchased from Freeman’s farm.
  
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