The familiar ‘Christmas Tree City’ sign is up at the corner of Braves Boulevard at the Rome Bypass as the family-owned business prepares for its 41st year of selling trees. Guy and Jud Rutland will be opening up again this year across from State Mutual Stadium on Braves Boulevard, next door to the new Lumina Coffee Shop now under construction. They will open for the season on Monday, Nov. 19 and be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. until all trees are sold.
Christmas Tree City has been on the move over the last decade after setting up shop at the corner of Turner McCall Boulevard and First Street, where Hardees is now located, for year. They then moved over to the Kmart parking lot on Hicks Drive, but had to move from there in 2016 after it closed. They were located near the East Rome Walmart in 2016 before moving over near the stadium last year.
“We’re really excited about this location. It was good for us last year,” says Jud Rutland.
The Rutlands will again be selling Frazier Firs they get from a family grower in Cashiers, N.C., the same tree farm they’ve partnered with for the last 41 years. Jud says they typically sell about 600 trees each season, in varying sizes and height starting at 5 feet up to 12 feet. In addition to trees, they will also sell fresh wreaths custom made by a local crafter.
For those who want to cut their own tree, the Silver Creek Christmas Tree Farm, at 226 Spur 101, will be opening up for the season on Friday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
According to their Facebook post: “We are getting excited about the upcoming 2018 Christmas Tree Season. The trees have loved this rainy summer, and are looking better than ever.”
Hours of operation this season:
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday – Friday: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Another local favorite is ready as well. Saturday, the gardening section at Home Depot off Hicks Drive and Turner McCall had the stalls ready to go for when the trees arrived. And they did on Sunday.