Fort Hensler: the Straw Fort Built for Kids

We’re putting the finishing touches on Fort Hensler! Donna Stanley and her Daughter Jodi help fill the fort with creative characters this week. Donna is the creator of all our memorable characters that grace Fall–All Over the Place, and Christmas Fest.

We’re pretty excited about Fort Hensler- once we add bails of straw we’ll be done. Our hope is that when the kids come out to Hensler’s they’ll know we built this for them. Can’t wait to seem them enjoy it!

We Won Trophies at the 2009 Blueberry Festival!

We sent our Fall Fest and Christmas Fest floats down the parade route at the 2009 Blueberry Festival. We’re thrilled that our Fall float won both the Judge’s and President’s award this year! Matt, our face of fall, helped us celebrate and carry the trophies.


Our floats are a taste of how we decorate our farm for Fall Fest and Christmas Fest. Many of the decorations you saw on our floats are hand-crafted and will be used at the farm during our own festivals.

Mark your calendars: the opening weekend for Fall Fest is September 26th. The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off and Studebaker car show are on September 27th.

Looking Forward to Christmas Fest 2009

Is it too early to begin thinking about Christmas? Not if you’re Hensler Nursery! Even though we’re gearing up for the opening day of Fall Fest, we’re still hard at work planning for Christmas Fest which begins the day after Thanksgiving.

We’ve worked hard over the last few years to raise a great crop of Christmas trees for the 2009 season. You won’t be disappointed when you and the family ride the horse drawn wagon out to the field to select your Christmas tree. We’re also planning on great custom wreath designs, kissing balls, crosses and grave pillows. In the Christmas barn you’ll find a new selection of Fontanini items this year, so check our website as the holiday draws near for new items and special promotions.

In the meantime, did you know that Hensler’s is on Facebook? It’s another way for you to keep up to date with everything going on at our farm and connect with other people who enjoy coming out to Hensler’s.

Hensler Nursery on Facebook

How We Grow Our Trees

Each summer we send a team of Hensler’s staff out into the tree fields to shape and contour our Christmas trees. The members of our team use a light touch to bring out the best shape and enhance the natural beauty of the trees.

This summer, we took a few videos of Joe hard at work using a long shearing knife and a little artistry to prepare our trees for Christmas Fest. As you’ll see in the video, it’s a lot of hard work but it’s time well spent once the families take the horse drawn wagon out to the field to select their Christmas tree.

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