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Dear PoPville – Where to Buy a Christmas Tree?

by Prince Of Petworth November 28, 2011 at 11:30 am 42 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user ekelly80

Lots of folks have been writing in to ask about where to buy a Christmas Tree. We looked at some options last year. And here are some more emails I got:

Bancroft Elementary – Dec. 3rd and 4th, 10am-4pm 18th and Newton St, NW

Old City Green – Mon – Thurs. 3-8pm, Fri. 12-8pm, Sat. 10am-8pm, Sun. 10am-6pm 9th and N Street, NW

Columbia Heights Market Place – December 3, 10 and 17 9am – 2pm 14th and Park Rd, NW

Anyone else have recs?

  • David

    I thought that I would mention that the Bancroft sale goes to fund the Bancroft PTA…it is the giving season after all!

    • Annony

      I’ve bought my tree at Bancroft for years – they have a great selection of trees in different sizes, wreaths and greens all for a reasonable price. And a good cause.

    • PDMtP

      +1 for Bancroft. The trees I’ve gotten have always been in good shape, too.

  • C.L.

    Probably not what you’re looking for…but I’m grabbing a cute little one from the CH Target for my apt.

  • Brother Esau

    Does anyone have suggestions for cut-your-own places? Last year we went out to Gaver Tree Farm in New Market, MD, but would like to stay a little closer to the city this year. Any recommendations appreciated.

  • Pop-Up Owner

    We went to Modlin’s Christmas Tree Farm in Lothian Maryland. Pretty bare bones from an add-on standpoint (ie hayrides for the kids etc that some places offer). But you know you are getting a freshly cut tree. 6.5 foot white pine was $60, they ran it through the bundler and tied it to the car. It’s a beautiful tree.

  • anon. gardener

    I saw small, apartment sized real trees at Whole Foods on P Street last week. I was really surprised. For people with no space and no car, this would be a good option.

    • Chalk

      Yeah, Whole Foods also has 7′-8′ trees. Unfortunately, there’s nothing in between the table top size and the 8 footers.

    • Anonymous

      I got one of those apt size trees (3ft) at Wholefoods (Foggy Bottom) on Friday. I’m glad I got it when I did. They are all sold out of them now.

      It’s the cutest thing and is perfect for my apartment.

      Also, for those on the Hill Eastern Market has trees, as well as Fragger’s Hardware.

  • jch

    Think Eastern Market does some.

    • Kaylee

      Yep, Eastern Market had trees this weekend. It was a good selection as far as height/size goes, but all of the ones I saw were one variety. (Fraser Fir, maybe? I didn’t get a close look.) Wreaths were also available.

  • Anonymous

    For those of you in the Dupont/U St. area, Ross Elementary (near 17th & R NW) will be having its tree sale this weekend, and continuing until they sell out each weekend until Christmas. Saturday & Sunday 9-5.

    Free delivery to the neighborhood.

    • 17thSter

      Will Ross Elementary also have door wreaths? I would buy one!

      • Anonymous

        Pretty sure they will. At least, they have in years past.

        • 17thSter

          Thanks Anonymous. I’ll be there Saturday. I’ve bought books for their library when they have a drive for Mother’s and Father’s day. Have no kids but happy to support the neighborhood.

  • Anonymous

    My family always used to do the cut-your-own thing. In more recent years I pick up a small one and bring it home on the 54 bus. Hehe.

  • AnonHill

    Frager’s in SE sells them.

  • Warder Kid

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…

    Teresa’s Garden Center on New York Ave NE & Montana NE. Great trees and great prices. We’ll be getting our third tree there in the next couple of weeks.

    • Local PW

      I second Teresa’s on NY Ave (on the way out of town) Great prices and service and they sell fresh pine ‘roping’ and wreaths. You can get a tree for $40.
      Brent Elementary DCPS has a tree sale every year to help support school programs. But Ross is closer.

  • Andy

    Home Depot on Rhode Island Ave NE has a good selection, cheap too. Frager’s on Penn Ave SE has trees as well

    • TG

      Agree with this one. I get my tree at the Home Depot on RI Ave every year and they have a pretty good selection at a great price.

  • anonymous

    The Greek church (on mass ave near the cathedral) has a big tree sale in their parking lot every year.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, as a previous poster has said, Ross Elementary will be selling trees Dec. 3/4, 10/11, and 18/19 until they sell out! 9-5 Saturday-Sunday. This Saturday is extra special because the PTA will host it’s 3rd Annual Holiday Bake Sale! Come and get sweet treats, trees, and support the PTA!

  • Denizen of Tenallytown

    Johnson’s Florist and Garden off of Van Ness next to the intersection with Wisconsin has a great selection. Picked up a Frasier Fir last year and it lasted several weeks, very few needles dropped.

  • o2bncdg

    For the past 3 years, we’ve bought our tree at WHOLE FOODS on P St. The darn things lasted until Mid-January.

  • Anonymous

    Last year I believe they were doing a sale on weekends at the historical society (7th-9th at NY Ave/Mass Ave). Not sure if they will be doing it again this year.

  • Brookland Rez

    Home Depot, or the florist on NY Ave at the intersection with Montana Ave.

    • Brookland Rez

      I mean nursery on NY Ave

      • HomeBrew

        Aside from supporting a local business, any reason to go to the nursery instead of Home Depot?

        • Brookland Rez

          I haven’t bought from either, so I can’t really comment on any reasons other than to support a local business. Maybe someone who has bought from either place can comment on the quality/price/other reasons.

          I have bought other items at the nursery, the guy that runs it is pretty nice.

  • maria

    As previously mentioned, Home Depot. If you have a friend, it’s totally doable to take a 7 footer on a metro. I’ve done it a few years in a row. It’s only tricky when you go through the turnstiles. you need to lift it over them. But otherwise it’s a fun thing to do. You get so many smiles from the people!

    • TG

      Awesome. I usually drive but this is a fun idea.

  • Anonymous

    The Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Woodley Park has been selling really nice Christmas trees for years, but I’ve seen no sign that they’ll be selling them this year. Nothing on their Web site, and the usual signs aren’t around. Anyone know what’s up?

  • Leslie

    The tree we got at the Columbia Heights farmers market is great! They have a good selection of prices and varieties and the trees are really fresh – cut in PA a few days before the market on Saturday.

  • Anonymous

    will Big Bear Cafe be selling christmas trees again this year?

  • Ben

    The Inspired Teaching School will also be having a tree (and book) sale this Saturday and Sunday (3/4) from 9-6. They are located at 4401 8th St NE near Providence Hospital.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, this weekend you can buy trees and books to support Inspired Teaching public charter school.

  • Anonymous

    There’s also a bake sale at Inspired Teaching this weekend. And there will be Open Houses at 10am and 4pm if you are interested in talking to the Principal and IT parents.

  • Ocoee

    No trees at Bancroft today?

    • CoHiGuy

      Go to Ross Elementary School (17th and R). They have them there. Great prices. $70 for a 5′ tree

    • Anonymous

      Sold out at Bancroft. No tree stands at Tarjay, and only choice of artificial trees is the $200 7-footer, or the $50 tabletop. :(

  • hebeindc

    I got one yesterday at Old City Green. They still had loads when I was there, all different sizes.


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