For Immediate Release Office of the First Lady
November 29, 2004
Mrs. Bush's Remarks
Mrs. Bush Receives the Official White House Christmas Tree
This year's tree is an 18 foot Noble fir from the State of Washington.
It was donated by John and Carol Tillman from Rochester, Washington.
Joining the Tillmans for today's ceremony are their children, Tyler and
The White House Christmas tree was selected in October by White
House Chief Usher Gary Walters and White House Superintendent of
Grounds Irv Williams.
The Tillmans were named the 2004 National Grand Champion Growers by the National Christmas Tree Association.
The tree will adorn the Blue Room on the State Floor of the White
Two trees were selected from their farm, Northwest Plantations, to
be placed in the Oval Office and at Camp David.
The official White House Christmas tree presentation dates back
to 1966 during the Johnson administration. That year, the tree was a
Balsam fir, grown by Howard Pierce of Sparta, Wisconsin.