Early this spring a client asked me to plant our Nellie Stevens Holly trees to form a privacy screen at his place in Oxford, Maryland. Wow!! Oxford Maryland, home of the original Nellie Stevens Holly, is where ~ 100 years ago, gardener Nellie R. Stevens experimented with holly cross breeding and cultivated a new variety which carries her name today. The trip to the eastern shore of Maryland to see where the original hybrid cross Nellie Stevens Holly was created, a trip I had wanted to do for a long time. Over the past 40 years I have been in the tree planting business, we have planted over 11,000 hollies at homes and commercial buildings in the Washington /Baltimore metro area.
The Nellie Stevens holly makes an excellent evergreen privacy screen as a living fence. It is a biomass filter for our air and birds welcome the habitat. The trip to see the original Nellie Steven’s garden is sort of a gardener pilgrimage. When we were finished planting the holly living fence for our client, I walked over to see the home of Nellie Stevens. Great fun for a plant nerd who has over time from cuttings, grown 11,000 + hollies and planted them as living fences for privacy screening across the metro areas. It’s sort of like my work isn’t a job, it’s an adventure.
Hollies/ IIex have been widespread since near the end of the Cretaceous period, based on fossil records. Many varieties went extinct by the Pleistocene era. Imagine, this family of trees were around when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Wow! New varieties continue to be cultivated by gardeners to this day.
Our website has the current pricing and sizes available for the Nellie Stevens hollies that we grow locally on our tree farm in Damascus, Maryland.
Pictures of the Home where it all started ,100 years ago.