By Kate Anslinger
If you are in need of some Christmas spirit in your life, Governor’s Garden may have just what you are looking for.
For 13 years Corey Abrams has set up his vast array of Christmas trees, wreaths and kissing balls in the ACE Hardware parking lot and for years, his loyal customers have been coming back. Abrams also owns Governor’s Garden and bounces back and forth between the two locations in order to satisfy his customers’ needs. With the help of his family, Abrams is able to keep up with the demand of tree sales and deliveries. Now that his children are older, they play a large role in assisting with the many deliveries.
For those who are unsure of what type of tree to get, the staff at Governor’s Garden prides themselves on guiding their customers to the tree that is right for them. The trees range from six feet to ten feet tall, and customers can choose between a Balsam or a Fraser Fir. If you are all about the scent of pine wafting through your house, then Abrams advises that you go for the Balsam, and if you want a tree that is well equipped to hold those antique ornaments, then the Fraser Fir is the one for you. The Fraser Fir doesn’t shed and its branches are stronger, allowing for a sturdy place to hang delicate ornaments.
“Our most popular is an eight foot Fraser fir,” said Abrams, who all about making it convenient for his customers. For a $5 fee, the staff will deliver your tree of choice to your front door. They also offer tabletop trees that come along with the stands, allowing you to add a little Christmas décor without going overboard. The price of the trees range from $25-$80.
As most people know, decorating doesn’t stop at the Christmas tree, and Abrams has a variety of wreaths and kissing balls for those who want to go above and beyond decorating the exterior of their house. The wreaths range from 12-48 inches. Every evening, Abrams gathers the wreath and kissing ball orders from the day, and passes them along to his mother, who is responsible for making the bows placed on top of the traditional decorations.
“It’s a lot of work every holiday season, but we love it,” said Abrams, who enjoys seeing his loyal customers come back every year. “It’s nice seeing the families grow over the years. Some of them have started coming with their parents when they were babies, and then they come back every year and you get to see them grow up.” While the parents come for the trees and décor, the children keep coming back for the candy canes that they hand out.