Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees has been a Portsmouth tradition since 1983. This festive event is co-sponsored by The Portsmouth Garden Club and the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands-Urban Forestry Center. This 3-day event takes place on the grounds of The Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth. This property was a bequest to the State of New Hampshire by John Elwyn Stone in 1976 and is administered by the Department of Resources & Economic Development, Division of Forests and Lands.

Local businesses, artisans, civic groups, and individuals are invited to display a tree, decorate a room, or create an exhibit. There is no fee to participate and all exhibits remain the property of those who participate. There are no raffles and nothing is sold at this fun filled family event.

The funds raised are used to support the Festival of Trees Scholarships and Grants, to assist conservation education, to support historic gardens in the Seacoast area, and to support club activities. The Festival of Trees is held every other year. The next Festival of Trees will be November 20, 21 and 22, 2015.

To join us as an exhibitor, please contact us at info@portsmouthnhgardenclub.com for more information.

2013 Festival of Trees

Thanks to our community for supporting the Festival of Trees.

2013 Festival of Trees Winners

Learning Center:
First: “ Santa Paws is Coming to Town Part 2” by Piscataqua Obedience Club
Second: “Ambrosia Delight” by Ambrosia Gardens
Third: “ Scentimental Holiday” by Wentworth Greenhouses

Tree Path:
First: “Overflowing with Christmas Joy” by Green Penguin Landscaping
Second: “ The Maritime Express” by Maritime Landscaping
Third: “Candy Crush” by e.clips Salon

Lawn Exhibits:
First: “Fairy House Magic” by Friends of The South End (FOSE)
Second: “Santa by Sea” by Piper Boatworks
Third: “Santa Paws is Coming to Town Part 1” by Piscataqua Obedience Club

Rosemary Cottage Miniature Trees:
First: “Chairie Fairie Tree” by Carol Leach, doll maker
Second: “Hampton Holiday Garden” by Hampton Garden Club
Third: “ Feathered Friends and Fireflies” by Firefly Pottery

Antique Cape:
People’s Choice: “Home for the Holidays with Churchill’s” by Churchill’s

See the pictures of the winners, and others, on the Festival of Trees Gallery page.

2011 Festival of Trees Winners

People¹s Choice winners by category are:

Learning Center: Full size trees
First: Wentworth Greenhouses, Rollinsford, "A Gardener¹s Christmas"
Second: Piscataqua Obedience Club, Durham, "It All Starts With Obedience"
Third: Ambrosia Gardens, Portsmouth, "Ambrosia Delight"

Outdoor Trees and Exhibits:
First: E Clips Salon, Portsmouth, "Angry Birds Christmas"
Second: Green Penguin Landscaping, Rye, "Granite State Christmas"
Third: Rye Airfield, Rye, "Something For Everyone"

Rosemary Cottage: Miniature Trees
First: KD Mason Books, Greenland, "Frozen Winters to Tropical Paradise: Murder, Suspense, And Romance"
Second: Rye Airfield "Rolling With The Season"
Third: Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, "Novel-Tree"

Antique Cape, Decorated Rooms, People's Choice:
Sitting Room by Collins Gift Shop, Rye, "Twas The Day Before Christmas"

See the pictures of the winners on the Festival of Trees Gallery page.

Winners were honored at a luncheon at the Urban Forestry Center on January 11, 2012.

The Portsmouth Garden Club and the Urban Forestry Center would like to thank everyone who helped make this year's event such a success. Special thanks to Portsmouth High School students in Mr. Dexter Robblee's woodworking class who built a shed used for the ticket booth and to Lamprey Energy who donated materials for the chowder shed which was built by Mr. Robblee. The next Festival of Trees will be held the weekend before Thanksgiving in 2013.

2009 Festival of Trees

2009 Festival of Trees Winners

People¹s Choice winners by category are:

Learning Center: Full size trees
First: Collins Gift Shop, "Twas The Night Before Christmas"
Second: Wentworth Greenhouses, "Happy Holidays, Naturally"
Third: Piscataqua Obedience Club, "Every Dog Has It's Day"

Outdoor Trees and Exhibits:
First: Rye Airfield, "Rolling With The Season"
Second: Wadleigh Falls Veterinary Clinic, "Twelve Neighs Of Christmas"
Third:
Blue Ocean Society, "A Whale of a Holiday"
Rosemary Cottage: Miniature Trees
First: All About Paper, "Modern Meets Vintage"
Second: Portsmouth Public Library, "SustainabiliTree"
Third: Paradiza: "A 'Fairy' Merry Christmas"

Antique Cape, Decorated Rooms, People's Choice:
The Library decorated by Cabot House Furniture with The Christmas Dove and Uniques and Antiques.

See the pictures of the winners on the Festival of Trees Gallery page.

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