Archive for Thursday, December 1, 2005

Tis the season

Basehor tree farm gears up for holidays

December 1, 2005

A piece of the Wilderson Tree Farm in Basehor is now gracing the rotunda at the Leavenworth County Courthouse.

"It was the biggest tree we've ever cut here," tree farm owner Chuck Wilderson said of the 15-and-a half foot Austrian Pine unveiled Wednesday at the courthouse.

County officials, seeking a large tree to place inside the newly refurbished courthouse rotunda, picked up the tree Sunday. The county now joins many other area residents in choosing a Wilderson Tree Farm product for their holiday decoration.

The tree farm, 14820 Parallel Road, opened for the season on Friday, Nov. 25, and offers a variety of trees including Scotch, Austrian and White pines, as well as Balsam and Frazier fir trees.

Prices are based per foot. They range from $6 to $9.50 per foot.

Wilderson said his business opened to steady crowds last weekend. Though cold weather stifled the flow of visitors in the last few days, Wilderson said sales are comparable to years past.

"We're just about on track with what we had last year," said Wilderson, noting that approximately 200 trees were sold during the holiday weekend.

Founded in 1976, Wilderson Tree Farm is one of Basehor's longest-standing businesses. More than 8,000 trees are growing on the 18-acre farm.

And, the courthouse isn't the only public place where Wilderson's trees can be seen this holiday season. The farm donated the Christmas tree that will be on display at next week's Christmas in the Park event, sponsored by the Basehor Lion's Club.

Wilderson Tree Farm is open seven days a week until Christmas.

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