Brown's Christmas Tree Farm
   

Welcome to Brown's


Christmas Tree Farm!


General Loc Map

    FLYER

  - GENERAL INFO

    MAPS

  - DIRECTIONS

  - DETAILED MAP

  - 1 HOUR'S DRIVE MAP

    TREES

  - LEYLAND CYPRESS

  - VIRGINIA PINE

  - MURRAY CYPRESS

  - MURRAY-X CYPRESS

  - CAROLINA SAPPHIRE

  - HOW TO CHOOSE

  - FARM HISTORY

  - TREES ON FARM

  - CURRENT OPERATORS

    INFORMATION

  - DATES/TIMES

  - SERVICES

  - THE ENVIRONMENT

  - FARM SAFETY

  - PHOTO POLICY

    CARE

  - WATERING

  - DISPOSAL

  - GEORGIA LAW


Gordon & Susan Brown

86 Minter Drive

Hampton, GA 30228

(770) 946-9163

bctf@
brownschristmastrees.com
  

  

   

 SAVE MORE $$$!

 Ask about Budget

 Priced Trees and 

 save even MORE  

 money! Quality trees.

 Prices from $10 - $30

 Trees up to 10' tall.

  


 NEAT & CLEAN

 We have graveled

 drives and parking

 areas. Easy access

 to 19/41!

  


 RESTROOM

 After your drive, or

 after your tree hunt,

 we have a portable

 RESTROOM for

 your family to use!

  


  

 HAY RIDE!

 FREE Hay Rides on

 the weekends!

 (Weather permitting)

  


 TREE STANDS

 Yule Tree Stands are

 available. $12 and up.

 Made from recycled

 materials.

Tree Stands 


 FORMS OF 
 PAYMENT

 We accept Cash or
 Checks only!

 


  

 WE CARE

 Each tree undergoes

 a 100+ step process

 during the 5 years it

 takes to grow. We

 take our environment

 and it's preservation

 seriously.

  


  

  


  

 

You choose it, you cut it, you save$$$!


Dates/Times

OPENS THANKSGIVING DAY!

O F  E V E R Y   Y E A R

8 AM to 6 PM

AND THANKSGIVING FRIDAY 8 AM to 6 PM


SEASONAL DATES AND TIMES:

M-F   NOON to 6 PM

SAT   8 AM to 6 PM

SUN  10 AM to 6 PM

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Trees

   

We carry 5 popular varieties of trees to choose from.

To get more information, click any tree image!

   

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LEYLAND CYPRESS


Foliage is Dark Forest Green

Soft leaf structure

Foliage on limbs to trunk

Mild aroma

Absorbs large amounts of water

Excellent for people with allergies to 

     other species

Use small to medium sized ornaments & lights

  

(Detail of foliage)

  

 Average

Price: $4.50/ft

Trees up to 11'

  

ALL TREES INDIVIDUALLY PRICED WITH SALES TAX INCLUDED!


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VIRGINIA PINE


Needles are short in twisted pairs

Branches stout and woody

Pleasant pine aroma

Pines retain only 2 years growth of needles, 

     so old needles must be shaken from tree

Absorbs average amounts of water

Better for extra large ornaments and lights

Foliage color is Dark Green

  

(Detail of foliage)

  

 Average

Price: $4.00/ft

Trees up to 9'

  

ALL TREES INDIVIDUALLY PRICED WITH SALES TAX INCLUDED!


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Murray Cypress


Foliage is Dark Green

Broader leaf structure

Stiffer branches for larger ornaments

Sweet lemon/mint aroma

More open

Absorbs large amounts of water




(Detail of foliage)

  

 Average

Price: $5.00/ft

Trees up to 9'

  

ALL TREES INDIVIDUALLY PRICED WITH SALES TAX INCLUDED!


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Murray-X Cypress


Foliage is Dark Green

Broader leaf structure

Specially trimmed for stiffer branches for extra

     large ornaments

Sweet lemon/mint aroma

More open

Absorbs large amounts of water



(Detail of foliage)

  

 Average

Price: $5.00/ft

Trees up to 9'

  

ALL TREES INDIVIDUALLY PRICED WITH SALES TAX INCLUDED!


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Carolina Sapphire


Foliage is blue/green/gray in color

Soft foliage

Very dense foliage

Very strong aroma

Use smaller ornaments

Ornaments and lights hang on OUTSIDE of tree

Looks like Eastern Red Cedar but lasts longer

Absorbs large amounts of water


(Detail of foliage)

  

 Average

Price: $5.00/ft

Trees up to 9'

  

ALL TREES INDIVIDUALLY PRICED WITH SALES TAX INCLUDED!


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How to Choose A Tree


Measure ceiling height so you don't over buy. All trees at our farm 

    have the height clearly marked on the tag.

Measure the width of the space for your tree. Our trees are 

    trimmed at a 60% taper. A 10' tree has a 6' wide base.

Are individuals in the house allergic to Pine? The Leyland Cypress

    is a hybrid and produces fewer problems.

Check for a straight and centered trunk.

The handle is the part of the tree that fits into the stand - is it long

    enough for the stand you bought?

Two people make it easier to cut a tree. One to cut and the other to

    tug on the tree so that the saw doesn't bind. Then two people 

    carry the tree to the shaking, netting & checkout area.

Our new field trees have a tag with the height and total price of the

    tree, which includes sales tax and all services.

If you need assistance please come to the sales office and someone 

    will help you.

BE CAREFUL! You're in a field with uneven surfaces, wildlife, 

    ants, stumps & other humans.

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Farm History


In 1943, W. H. and Frances Brown purchased 161 acres in northern Spalding County and southern Henry County just north of Sunny Side at what is now the county line at US 19 & 41 Highway.  The four lane highway was not constructed until the early 1950’s.  When W. H. and Frances purchased the farm, it came with the main house, and with no electricity in the area, which meant no lights, running water and indoor plumbing.


The food was cooked over a wood stove and the water was drawn from the well in front of the house.  The farm house and well are located to the south of the entrance across Minter Drive from the Christmas tree farm.  Also in the deed of purchase were two tenant houses, two mules, plow stocks, barns filled with corn, and various miscellaneous farm items.  Sharecroppers helped farm the land with crops of oats, watermelons, pecans, a vineyard, and cotton.  The 1950 cotton quota allotment allowed for 21 acres of cotton to be planted.  All this was done with the mules.


As with all farms at the time, there was the vegetable garden for fresh produce to be canned for the winter.  Also they had pecan, walnut, and chestnut trees, strawberries, figs, pomegranates, grapes and scuppernongs. They purchased their first tractor in 1953, a model SC Case tri-wheel tractor with several pieces of equipment and a grain combine.  W.H. prepared a fescue pasture and fenced approximately 35 acres for a beef cattle operation.  During the 1960’s and early 1970’s, the property was enrolled in the Federal Land Bank and planted in serecia lespedeza for soil conservation.  In 1978 the Christmas Tree Farm was begun by W.H. and Gordon.

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Christmas Trees on the Farm


In 1978 W. H. Brown retired from Dundee Mills, Inc. after 51 years of service.  His son, Gordon, had graduated from college in 1976, and they were looking for something to do with the land to keep up the property and make a return at the same time.  This was when the idea of Christmas trees was on the up and growing markets.  After a year of research on the processes and talking to many established grower’s and Turner Davis, researcher at the University of Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, they planted their first crop.  All trees are hand planted in late January after the soil is prepared by sub-soiling, plowing, smoothing, and fertilizing the field.


There is more to do annually than just planting trees and coming back to pickup the money at Christmas. Weed control is applied three times annually, insecticides about 6 to 8 times annually, grass cut 5 to 6 times, and trees trimmed twice annually.  In October, the trees are prepared by spraying a green water based colorant by hand on each tree to enhance the beauty of the tree.  Each tree is tagged and priced before the trees are sold.  A mild insecticide is applied to keep any unwanted visitors from coming in the house with the tree.

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Current farm Operators


W. H. Brown died in 2000 and Frances in 2013.  Gordon and Susan, who both work full-time jobs, have continued operations with their sons, Ethan and Cameron.  The boys have been working on the farm since they could walk. Many of the tree farm assistants are relatives or close family friends who have helped for years.  

The Browns hope your ‘Real Christmas Tree’ experience is a pleasant one and your family returns to see them next year!

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Maps

  

Directions: US 19/41 Highway at Henry/Spalding County Line.

2-1/2 miles South of Hampton and Atlanta Motor Speedway;

5 miles North of Griffin

  

Click for Printable Directions, All On

1 Easy-to-Read Page!


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Detailed Map

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Information
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Services at our Christmas Tree Farm


Fun for the Kids!!


Santa Clause will be at the farm on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday after

    Thanksgiving from 1 PM - 5 PM!! (Weather Permitting)

Pony Rides provided by "The Pony Patch" on Thanksgiving Day, and
    Weekends from 11 AM to 5 PM for $5 fee. (Weather Permitting)
FREE Face Painting on Weekends (Weather Permitting)

General Information:


Public portable restroom available

Graveled drives and parking areas

FREE Shaking of needles from your tree

FREE Netting which makes handling easier

FREE Stand drilling if requested

FREE Use of our very sharp 21" Bow Saws to cut your tree down

If requested, we will help you carry your tree to your vehicle and assist

   you in securing it in your vehicle.

Tapered Pin Tree Stands for sale! They make tree setup a snap!

  

Other services and thoughts:

  

Hay Rides on the weekends!

Bring your camera to remember the traditional cutting of the great tree!

All prices include sales tax (Henry County 7%)

Your satisfaction is our desire for a continued patronage

    and a Merry Christmas!

Our trees are made in the U.S.A.!

Remember...Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

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Christmas Trees and the Environment


Real trees grow year round and support life and habitat for wildlife.

Trees absorb Carbon Dioxide and generate fresh Oxygen thus

    helping reduce the earth warming Green House effect.

Every acre of trees produces the daily Oxygen requirement

    for 18 people.

Christmas trees are biodegradable.

They are not made from plastic or other man made materials that

    deplete natural resources and do not decompose.

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Farm Safety


Please be aware that you and your family are entering a Christmas Tree

    Plantation in its natural state.

Be aware of tree stumps, uneven ground, holes, and Mother Nature's

    critters including fire ants.

Be careful--you will be using very sharp saws to cut your tree!

Our staff has been instructed to give the saws to adults only.

We strive to keep the fields clean, grass cut and parking lot clear.

We have treated our trees for insects to prevent them from coming home

    with you, but some may return from untreated areas.

We have treated our fields for fire ants, but some may come back after

    treatment, so please be aware.

All dogs brought to the farm must be on a leash.

The Georgia State Legislature has passed a law noting the responsibility

    for farm safety at the pick-your-own or choose-and-cut and similar

    operations in the state and has adopted legislation on this issue:


    GEORGIA LAW

    O.C.G.A. 2-14-17


    Under Georgia law, an owner or operator of a pick-your-own farm

    location is not liable for an injury to or death of a participant from the

    inherent risks of harvesting agricultural products, pursuant to

    Article 7 of Chapter 14 of Title 2 of the Official Code of Georgia

    Annotated.


This Notice is posted at our entrance and several locations on the farm.

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Photography Policy


Customers coming onto the property known as Brown's Christmas Tree

    Farm (the "Farm") for the purpose of buying a Christmas Tree are entitled

    to make photographs and videos of their purchase and experience during

    the normal operating season for sales.

Those wishing to use the Farm property and settings for a photo shoot

    session, must sign a Waiver and Release furnished by the owners

    of the Farm.

The photographer used or hired by the family must also sign the Waiver

    and Release.

A family or individual using a photographer, may use the Farm for one

    photo shoot session for approximately one hour.

The family along with the photographer must make an appointment and

    check-in and check-out with the owners of the Farm at 770-946-9163.

The owners of the Farm will work with the family and photographer on

    the location of where the photo session will take place on the Farm.

The charge for use of the Farm for one photo session shall be $35.00

    (Thirty-Five dollars) for use of the Farm for approximately one hour.

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Care & Disposal

Watering Your Fresh-Cut Christmas Tree


The tree is the freshest it can be since you choose & cut it yourself.

As soon as you get home place the tree in warm water.

If you don't put your tree up right away, place it in a bucket of water 

    in the shade. Hose it down daily until you're ready to bring it

    in the house.

Use warm tap water when watering in the morning and evening. This

    loosens the pores so the sap does not harden.

It is not necessary to add anything to the water for freshness, but if you

    desire mix-up some Miracle Grow and feed the tree when you water.

DO NOT place in HOT DIRECT sunlight.

DO NOT place in front of a heater or vent.

Inspect all electrical devices wired on the tree for any defects.

Trees are periodically sprayed with a mild insecticide. Occasionally an

    insect will be in the tree so just use some RAID or similar product on

    the insect.

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Ways to Dispose of Your Tree


Recycling programs in your community produce mulch and don't 

    fill up public landfills.

They can be used as a bird feeder for your winter garden.

Fishermen use them as habitats for fish as a refuge and feeding area.

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Georgia Law


The Georgia State Legislature has passed a law noting the responsibility

    for farm safety at the pick-your-own or choose-and-cut and similar

    operations in the state and has adopted legislation on this issue:


    GEORGIA LAW

    O.C.G.A. 2-14-17


    Under Georgia law, an owner or operator of a pick-your-own farm

    location is not liable for an injury to or death of a participant from the

    inherent risks of harvesting agricultural products, pursuant to

    Article 7 of Chapter 14 of Title 2 of the Official Code of Georgia

    Annotated.


This Notice is posted at our entrance and several locations on the farm.