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 is where, about 100 years ago, gardener Nellie Stevens experimented with holly cross breeding and created 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 40 years I have been in the tree planting business, we have planted over 6,000 Nellie Stevens Hollies at homes and commercial buildings in the Washington /Baltimore metro area.
This 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 thru cuttings, grown 6,000 + hollies and planted them as living fences for privacy screening across the metro area. It’s sort of like my work isn’t a job, it’s an adventure.
Pictures of the Home where it all started ,100 years ago.