The 7 Best Christmas Tree Farms in Wyoming! By
In the dead of the winter, Wyoming is easily mistakable for the North Pole. The wintry, ice-blown coniferous silhouettes of a Wyoming December fondly produce nostalgic reminiscences of snuggling in the living room, smiles lit by twinkling red-and-green lights, and flickering flame. It also forces families indoors, in search of the perfect tree. Here are the best Christmas tree farms in the state.
Twigs is a supremely local, small-time garden center able to both support local clientele and the demanding expectations of tourists and the deep-pocketed. While many nurseries close shop for the winter, this proud tree-hugger establishment purports to “come alive” during the holiday season. Other than a host of decorations, lights and handmade wreaths (drawn from local fresh and dried foliage), there’ve a decent selection of fir trees, from two-foot, one-room ornamentals to 13-foot living room dominators.
It’s well known that the seasonal shifts in Wyoming are extreme. Topography is a smorgasbord, and the elevation is deceivingly high. So, thriving here takes thick skin and informed experience. Gardening with Altitude is perfectly named. Plants are chosen for Wyoming climates, and the staff is passionate for healthy plant species that will thrive and bolster their environs. As such, this plant hub is seasonally attuned: live Christmas trees and all the tools and additions to make them thrive is on display.
In the spring and summer, Riverbend boasts vibrant flowers, herbs, shrubs and greenery for all tastes, but come Christmastime, it’s all about billowing conifer. A massive inventory offers an extended landscaping & decorative-functional fauna menu for the pickiest of residential and commercial clientele. Amidst it’s rows of healthy trees and flower-stuffed greenhouse, this nursery is also keeping with the times, offering an assortment of repellants and remedies for the devastating pine/bark beetle.
The Schmidt Family runs this LLC specifically catered towards the off-season. This farm prides itself on species and know-how aimed at plants’ dormant season: the fall and winter. Selling house-grown produce and shrubs during the summer months, as leaves yellow and brown, and as snowflakes dust hillsides, Leeward focuses on hearty varieties that can endure the Wyoming climate. Not only do they survive, they maintain the stability and equilibrium of the surrounding soils, at a time when most species wither and hibernate. And come holiday season, a sturdy and healthy Christmas Tree (often a fir) is a perfect addition to this strong-tree roster.
Sweetwater is a local institution, delivering quality foliage and greenery, especially come planting season(s). Unlike many competitors, this nursery is open through December, allowing plenty of time (and materials) for those that’re behind the ball, attempting winter crops, or planning for next year. And this farm provides an impressive Christmas tree as well. If any advice is sought, it’s happily dispensed: staff here love to share their wisdom, recommendations and past tribulations. These experts in local ensure a pleasant shopping experience and, ideally, given the fickle nature of Wyoming climate, a healthy crop.
This unique operation is laser-focused on nothing but Christmas. And not just the usual decorations and boring trees: they offer prompt delivery and expert installation of a plethora of live & artificial products, lights, party supplies and displays to rival the best rock concerts. Where most businesses fear seasonality, this Casper institution thrives on it. The unique and best assets here: they’re mobile; they’re experts; and they’re happy to dress-up a room, a home or a business.
Disputably or not, the national forests of Wyoming flaunt a wealth of beautiful Christmas conifer candidates. While tearing into the wilderness and felling a random tree is irresponsible and destructive, obtaining a National Parks permit ($8), ensures a beautiful winter specimen drawn from designated, healthy plots of forest. With limits on the amount of trees that can be chopped-down, obtaining an X-mas tree via permitted, paid means is both rewarding and in the true holiday spirit.