Media advisory: Access expert for Christmas tree stories

PUYALLUP, Wash. – Nationally recognized Christmas tree researcher Gary Chastagner is available as a source for holiday news articles.

Possible topics include:

What to look for when choosing a U-cut tree

Buying the best cut tree on a lot

Which types of trees do best indoors

How to have your tree last through the season

The best stands for trees

Christmas tree safety

He can be reached at the Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center at or 253-445-4528.

“Dr. Gary Chastagner, officially a plant pathologist with the Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center, is better known as ‘Mr. Christmas Tree.’ For more than 30 years, his pursuit of new knowledge about the trees has been so thorough that it would be called obsessive, were it not science. He has studied tree diseases, analyzed species from around the world, deconstructed tree stands and grappled with that bane of the Christmas tree consumer, needles on the carpet.” Read the rest of the article by Eric Sorensen at

Chastagner’s bio:



Gary Chastagner, WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center,, cell 253-882-6856, 253-445-4528

Betsy Fradd, WSU Extension,, 253-241-5043