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Company History


In 1944, H.C. (“Tim”) Timmerman and his bride, Norene, moved to Astoria, Oregon. The house they chose had an existing orchard of Old English holly trees. Recognizing the potential, land was cleared and more holly planted. Working together, they began shipping by the 1950’s. The initial shipment was a mere 250 pounds. As their trees grew, so did their sales.

Tim passed away in 1972. By that time Fernhill Holly Farms Inc. had a solid reputation within the wholesale florist industry as one who supplies an outstanding product and backs it up with great service. Norene continued the tradition with the help of her family. Then in 1979, the business was purchased by two of her children, Conrad and Evelyn.  

The company ventured out in new and exciting directions. Additional products were added, land and new orchards were purchased, facilities were expanded and the customer base was enlarged. 

Although business has increased many fold and the company has evolved into a major supplier of all Christmas greens and holly products both domestically and internationally, the traditions established by Tim and Norene remain intact. We take great pride in our products and in our honesty to all those with whom we deal, as well as in the service we provide. Now, a third generation is becoming more and more involved. The tradition continues.

Fernhill Through the Years

 
 
 
Neither rain nor hail nor gloom of night keeps the dedicated holly cutter from his appointed rounds.  H.C. Timmerman with his first truck.  Thinking "big," he promoted the superior nature of his holly.  Quality and service became his trademark.  
 

 
Chuck Dezwart reaches for some far out clumps. On the right, Norene, a seasoned veteran, sets the pace in the holly shed in 1973.