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Gaines Christmas Tree Farm
"Nothing beats the smell of a fresh cut tree at Christmas!"

Gaines Christmas Tree Farm
If you haven't made us a tradition yet, why are you waiting?

You've shopped at the big box stores and seen their prices and selections, you've also noticed that the needles are falling off. As a Christmas tree buyer, you may have seen the many signs out there, "Fresh Cut" and "Pre-Cut" trees. So what's the difference? Pre-cut tree may have been cut for as many as three or four WEEKS before being shipped. Some lie on the growers field and other placed in cold storage before being sent to the many sellers or "tree farms." Fresh cut trees are cut the day you select it from the Christmas tree grower.

For some folks, it's important to buy locally. This effort supports the smaller farms, growers, or busineses. Gaines Christmas Tree Farm has four areas for you to consider...with something we hope for everyone. You'll never see us selling PRE-CUT trees, that would make us a tree vendor and not a tree farm. We sell everything that is grown on our farm. Freshness that you can see, feel, and smell! Experience the difference with us. 

We have four areas for you to review..

  • Phase I is located around the farm pond and has some of the older trees. This patch was started in 1997 when I bought the farm. I continue to add to this section.
  • Phase II  is located in and around the our hedgerows. If getting out and enjoying a nature walk interests you, this area might be for you. Watch for deer, rabbits, and quail as they too love the area. You'll find White Pines and some Spruce trees here. 
  • Phase III was installed in 2012. Located to the right side of our driveway, this area currently features hundreds of Colorado Blue Spruce, White Pine, Norway Spruce, White Spruce, Canaan Fir, and Douglas Fir.
  • Phase IV is located behind the house and our Christmas tree shop, it has a mixture of sizes and types of trees. Some of them have been started as seedlings and others as transplants.








Start a Tradition...Theme Trees!

You have a space in your office, den, or family room. Time to create a THEME TREE.

We have hundreds of trees that would be perfect for theme based decorating. You know...stuff like dogs, cats, hunting, fishing, or any other interest. 

At  Gaines Christmas Tree Farm, you will find a nice selection of trees which are suitable for landscaping and seasonal uses. Producing trees isn't easy, in fact it's down right difficult to do most of the time! If it isn't the lack of rain that hurts them, it's having too much. Then there are the bugs, worms, and whitetail deer that all trying to stake their claims on them. And this says nothing of my accidental losses with the riding mower...erh!

Currently, I offer hundreds of trees (Pine, Spruce, and Fir) in different sizes, ages, needle types, colors, and fullness. The main goal is to produce a tree with very little chemical use, NO ARTIFICIAL colors, stains, or paints are ever applied. And speaking of a more natural tree...ours are not geometrically shaped. If it's one thing I hate, it's trees that were conically shaped. How do they grow in the WILD?

Freshness you can SEE and SMELL!

Fresh cut trees last longer than the ones from chain stores. The reasons are simple: these trees are sometimes cut weeks ahead and then shipped. Then they sit around outside without water for many weeks. The end results, you have a tree without much smell or needles! Try one of our trees this year and notice the difference, your friends will too!


Sales Start on Black Friday 

Tag Early This Year... 



"When Size Matters"

We offer trees in different sizes, types, and prices. It doesn't do any good producing a BIG tree if nobody wants it. Too often folks purchase a tree that is too big or too tall for their home. Remember that you still need to put it in the stand, this can be 6" to 9" removed from the tree and a tree topper, the angel or star, an additional 9" to 12" of height.

Consider the type of needles and branch support you may need for big or heavy ornaments and those lights too.


Doing my best to try and produce the type of tree most enjoy.
Howard Gaines III, CEO/Owner, checking on the condition of this 8 year old Douglas Fir.

We sell variety and not entertainment! 

If you're looking for clown acts, arts and crafts, hay rides, BBQs, a moon bounce, photo ops with Santa, hot drinks, and fake snow...we don't have it! What we do offer is a variety of trees grown on our farm AND at low prices. We have reduced chemical use, no sales pressure, and we'll throw in the farm experience for FREE! Bring your kids and the dog, enjoy walking the farm, and if you find something that fits your home...either you can cut it or we will.
We offer many different shapes, types, and sizes of trees: Douglas Fir, Eastern White Pine, Norway Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Concolor Fir, Ponderosa Pine, White Spruce, Canaan Fir, Eastern Red Cedar, Serbian Spruce, and Balsam Fir.

  • Depending upon the year planted and the variety I use, I have trees ranging in size from 2' to 12'+ in height. 
  • Some trees like the Blue Spruce are truly blue.
  • There are trees have stiff needles and others with softer ones.
  • Christmas Trees like the Concolor Fir have an orange scent to them.
  •  If you like the rustic look...Ponderosa Pines and Eastern Red Cedars are the way to go.
  • Christmas Trees are an extension of you and your decorating interests. Keep this in mind when decorating and when selecting the "right" tree.
  • We offer tag now for folks who want to "protect" their selection before Christmas.
  • Reusing a tree? Nothing wrong with our you dig plan! Of course the best deal is our fresh cut daily. You select it that day and either you can cut it or I can.
  • Try something new this year. If you've had short needle trees before, go to a longer needle variety.
  • NOTHING is ever cut from out of state and brought in for resale...we are a tree farm and not a resale outlet...there's a difference!
  • Make it a family tradition and bring the kids. This is an exciting time and a part of the total holiday experience...Embrace It!

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Final thoughts and information you should know...  

You can bring your handsaw and cut it or we can cut the tree for you. For safety reasons, we don't allow customers to use chain saws...even their own!  

Our trees are located all over the farm, bring your hiking shoes and walk the four areas.

Prices start at $35.00 for a fresh cut tree around 4 feet tall, (White Pine and Douglas Fir).

PRICE CHANGE...Many varieties have gone to $9.00 per foot for freshcut t rees. Blue Spruce and Canaan are $10.00 per foot. You dig trees are $15.00 per foot for many varieties. The reason for the increase is availability of replacement stock, poor growing conditions, and weather related problems.

We offer "Dug Trees" for those who want to replant after Christmas. This is a YOU DIG ONLY. We don't guarantee any dug trees to live. They were inspected by the Dept. of Agriculture in the summer and were alive BEFORE you dug it...

We welcome well mannered and vaccinated dogs and puppies. You are soley responsible for it and its actions if you opt to bring it to our farm! 

Lastly, you're responsible for any and all occurrences that may involve you, your pet or family member, or your stuff...this includes but is not limited to: any accidents, injuries, damage, or losses to personal items while you're a guest on our farm. Please watch your children and pets at all times!




For More Information, Contact:

Howard Gaines III

Gaines Farm and Kennels

1948 Hopkins Cemetery Road

Harrington, Delaware 19952

Phone: 302-943-9768 or 302-398-0185 

(We're located approximately two miles behind Callaway Furniture and on the right.)




State of Delaware Department of Agriculture, License Number 2113A


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