By Lindsay Doty
When Joe and Rita Evans first got married they would always get a real Christmas tree. The couple was enchanted by the idea of a Christmas tree farm.
Joe and Rita Evans. (Photos by Faith Toole)
“We looked at each other at one point and said, ‘We can do this!'” remembers Joe Evans.
“We had no idea at the time what we were getting into,” he laughs.
They purchased Evans Whispering Pines Christmas Tree Farm in 1983 and started planting. They’ve been selling Christmas trees to families for 36 years at the farm located at 1538 N. 400 W. in Danville,
“We’ve seen three generations of families come through and get their trees. It’s great and it’s a family tradition for us too. Now, we have our grand kids out here helping,” Evans said.
The farm opened on Nov. 23 for its busy first day and then will reopen the day after Thanksgiving.
Guests can choose and cut their tree or purchase pre-cut trees.
They have a variety of White Pine 7 ft. to 9 ft. trees to choose from and cut. They also sell pre-cut Scotch, Fraser, Douglas Fir, and Concolor Fir.
Evans says if you want one of the taller trees, get it soon.
Trees range in price from $40/$45 for a pre-cut White Pine to a lavish large Fraser Fir (the most expensive) that’s $12 per foot.
Evans reminds first-timers to dress warm and leave the saw at home. They have saws to use (No Clark Griswald moments here).
The farm also offers free hole drilling, shaking (to remove dead needles) and tying it to the car.
Evans Whispering Pines also sells fresh wreaths, garland, and has a full gift shop.
“It’s never too late to start a great family tradition,” Evans said.
Evans Whispering Pines, LLC Christmas Tree Farm
1538 N. 400 W., Danville
Will reopen the day after Thanksgiving
Friday, Nov. 29, Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Normal hours for the rest of the season
Sunday-Friday 1 -6 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Closing Dec. 21