Jim Gibson, Timbuk Farms

Melissa Kossler Dutton

If Jim and LaVonda Gibson have learned one thing while owning a cut-your-own Christmas tree farm, it's that people's taste in Christmas trees run the gamut.

"Beauty is in the eye of beholder," said Jim Gibson. "That's for sure."

He and his wife just make sure customers have a large selection of healthy trees from which to choose.

The Gibsons, who leased Timbuk Farms in 2004 and bought the Granville business five years later, want the experience of cutting down a tree to be a memorable one.

"We try to keep it a family experience," he said.

What can people expect when they visit Timbuk Farms?

It's a day on the farm. We encourage families to bring their dogs on a leash. It's a pretty farm. We do have Santa Claus here on the weekends.

What do tree cutters need to bring?

Nothing. We have the saws here. We have the twine to tie it onto the car. We try to make it as easy as possible for people to get a fresh Christmas tree.

What's it like living on a Christmas tree farm?

We probably take it for granted. We come down the road and see all the work we have to do.

How many Christmas trees do you and LaVonda put up?

We only have one. It's kind of like the plumber who has leaky plumbing. We just had a baby girl this summer. It's all going to change now.

Photo by Tim Johnson