|Trustees of Gramercy Park - Neighborhood News #161|
Hunterdon County Democrat
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Franklin Township tree picked for
Gramercy Park in New York City
Bound for a New York City park, this Christmas tree is loaded onto a
truck at the Franklin Township farm where it was grown.
FRANKLIN TWP. - A 40-foot Norway Spruce from Wildflower Meadows Farm here has been chosen for this year's display in Gramercy Park, New York City. The tree was one of the farm's first plantings in 1982.
The O'Grodnick family has been growing and selling Christmas trees as a "choose-and-cut-your-own" farm since then.
The entire family pitches in every year. First the children got involved in what the parents called "family fun days," and now the grandchildren help with wreaths and sales.
The New York-bound tree was cut down on Nov. 30 by personnel from Boag Farms, a landscape and nursery business in Hanover Township. That company has been responsible for getting and placing the Christmas tree in Gramercy Park for 32 years.
Gramercy Park is a small, fenced-in private park in Manhattan. The approximately 2-acre park is one of only two private parks in New York City, and the public is not generally allowed in, although the sidewalks of the streets around the park are a popular jogging, strolling and dog-walking route.
The O'Grodnicks hope that they can view "their tree" from the sidewalk.
Besides fresh-cut trees, Wildflower Meadows offers wreaths made by four generations of the family. Family members also make fragrant lavender fire starters. The farm is at 163 Old Franklin School Road.