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Christmas Tree Planted in Watkinsville

Southeastern Growers donated a Japanese cedar that was planted this week in the front lawn of the Courthouse Annex on Main Street.

A hint of Christmas is now visible year-round in downtown Watkinsville.  This week a Japanese cedar was planted in the front lawn of the Courthouse Annex on Main Street near .

during December's First Friday event each year. Mayor Charles Ivie said a group of citizens suggested the city consider a living tree instead of putting up a cut tree.   One reason is because the city has had problems with trees in previous years toppling over, ruining the decorations, he explained. 

The wholesale tree farm Southeastern Growers, located on Macon Highway, donated the tree and, because there are utilities in the area, county workers helped city workers dig the hole.

"It started to come together on Thursday and by Monday at 1:30 or so it was in, watered, fertilized and mulched," he said.

The evergreen currently stands at 14 feet, but could mature to 50 feet tall and  20 feet wide at the base, according Rusty Rice of Southeastern Growers. He said the Cryptomeria japonica Radicans was selected because it has a nice shape and is low maintenance.

The farm has volunteered to look after the tree.

Stephanie Gross March 15, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Thanks to Code Enforcement Officer Robert Hegge for sharing the great photos!
Melissa Steele March 16, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I am SOOO happy about this! I hate to see a beautiful living tree, years in the making, killed for a holiday ceremony! It's absurd! I wish all Christmas tree farms would turn to this type of service. Use the tree in your home for the season, then either return it for re-use or plant it! We can never have too many trees!

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