Maryland: Home of the Original Nellie Stevens Holly

   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 … Continue reading Maryland: Home of the Original Nellie Stevens Holly

Organic Soil Amendments

Organic Mulch delivery to the farm

At our evergreen tree farm, we experimented with different soil types and potting mixtures over 20 years ago. Leafgro, which is manufactured by the state of Maryland, proved to be an excellent addition to the planting medium. Made of leaves and grass clippings collected from the surrounding cities, it is professionally recycled into Leafgro at … Continue reading Organic Soil Amendments

Nellie Stevens Holly

Nellie Stevens Holly Living Fence

Why do I like the Nellie Stevens Holly ...let me count the ways. The Nellie Stevens is denser than most upright pyramidal hollies. It responds well to pruning, creating additional lateral tip buds at each pruning cut.  Nellie Stevens hollies tolerate wet feet well. At our evergreen tree farm in Damascus, Maryland, the clay soils are … Continue reading Nellie Stevens Holly

Holly Berry Time

   The late spring is the time every year when the Nellie Stevens holly creates new berries. The hollies are cross pollinated by the bees. Hollies that have pollinated flowers  will develop small green berries that will grow and become  red in the fall. The formation of berries requires plant energy and the holly will … Continue reading Holly Berry Time