The strange, cool job of picking the Rockefeller Christmas tree

December 3, 2014 4:44 PM

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The long and illustrious legacy of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan simply wouldn’t be possible without one little-known but vital person: the Rock’s head gardener.

In addition to maintaining the grounds around Rockefeller Center, each year the head gardener is responsible for scouting and selecting an adequate Christmas tree. The selection is important—thousands gather every year to watch the tree light up and millions more (tourists) pass it by until it’s tak...

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