Christmas tree production isn’t the first thing you think about when you think about South Carolina agriculture. Dugan Foster, Christmas tree grower near Columbia in South Carolina is showing off just that; South Carolina grown Christmas trees in the Cantey Building at the SC State Fair. Trees are on display all around the Cantey Building, and they’re so beautiful and perfect, they don’t appear real, but Foster assures me that they are:
“All of these trees were grown by South Carolina growers. We have several varieties, white pine, red cedar, Leland, and Carolina sapphires. Trees are grown pretty much in all parts of the state. We have quite a few growers from up north down to the coast. Some are hobby farmers and some are more devoted. Most of the farms, including mine, are choose and cut. We are busy all year long with these trees. You have to baby them and give them good care, it’s a full time job.”
Dugan Foster with the South Carolina Christmas Tree Association at the South Carolina State Fair going on now through Sunday in Columbia.