After a long DSCN1395Winter, just about everyone is ready for Spring! If you have never been out to visit our nursery, we think you will find it very different from even the better Independent Garden Centers in the Triangle. We only sell plants – no peat moss, fertilizer or ceramic pots. By focussing only on plants we can explore the plant world more deeply. Even so, we cannot grow everything but what you will find is an excellent selection of particularly well-grown Japanese Maples, conifers and unusual deciduous trees and shrubs. We grow the majority of our trees on-site, and the trees we bring in from elsewhere are hand selected. the previous July. Need help with plant selections? We will offer help in considering the various possibilities. We hope to see you this spring.

Well into Fall

November 12, 2014

Cascade Falls Bald cypress. This tree is about 12 years old

Cascade Falls Bald cypress. This tree is about 12 years old

Acer palmatum 'Koto-no-ito

Acer palmatum ‘Koto-no-ito

Acer palmatum 'Viridis' 30 years old

Acer palmatum ‘Viridis’ 30 years old

Acer palmatum 'Beni kawa'

Acer palmatum ‘Beni kawa’

Aesculus parviflora var. serotina

Aesculus parviflora var. serotina

Mid November and the colors are about peak. Every year, I like to take some pictures of the various trees showing their fall color. There is still time to visit  and  if you leave with a plant, it will have plenty of time to through out some roots while the soils are still warm.

Fall Opening – Sept 6

September 2, 2014

It is hard to believe that summmer is over and we are now in early Autumn. We had a great growing season – having hired an extra person to help us mix our own media, we were able to move up more plants into larger pots than ever before. We know that when roots are happy, the rest of the plant is happy.
We think you will notice the difference immediately.
Our hours are the same as before – Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 5pm. If you feel you will need extra assistance in plant selection, weekday appointments with John can be arranged by calling the nursery (919-620-0779).
Hope to see you this fall.

Blueberries are In!

June 25, 2014

DSCN1431Staring Wednesday, June 25, we will open the U-Pick field for blueberries. Hours this summmer are Monday through Friday 8am to noon. Saturdays are 8am until 2pm. No insecticide ever used on these bushes. Big, juicy ripe, sweet berries that also good for you! We provide picking buckets and we have a food safety program in operation.
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Saturday May 3, 2014, Architectural Trees nursery will be celebrating Japanese Maple trees. John Monroe will be giving a free presentation on ‘Beginning Japanese Maples at 11am for those just starting out with this exciting plant group. At 2pm, he will give another presentation on ‘Intermediate Japanese Maples for those with more experience. Both  presentations will be held in  the nursery’s Education Center a renovated tobacco barn. There will be special pricing on Japanese Maples all day. ImageImageImageImage

Spring Opening!

March 4, 2014

Saturday, March 8 2014 is our 17 th  Spring Opening! We open at 9 and close at 5, and those will be the hours Tuesday through Saturday during the  Spring Season. This year, we have some new items – I like to call them structural topiary — Trees grown around a heavy duty steel framework. We have a collectors mentality for some of our offerings. For those who enjoy european beech varieties, we have some very hard to  find ones, such as Fagus sylvatica ‘purpurea nana’. 

Great conifer and Japanese maples selections are also evident this year. We always enjoy having  you visit and if you decide you must bring  a plant  home that’s great too!

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Every few years we will experience heavy  snow or ice here in central North Carolina. Sometimes, customers  will ask                            

” HImageow do weeping  trees perform in these conditions?”, thinking that somehow  they are more vulnerable. Our experience is just the reverse. Weeping or prostrate forms have branches already heading down, and they  handle these conditions much  better than  typical  upright forms. We notice most problems with tight columnar forms as the branches often splay out with the heavy ice and sometimes  they do not return to as tight a column as before. Image


This cultivar of Cryptomeria is an excellent choice for the smaller garden. The deep green foliage stays green in the winter unlike  some of the other cultivars which can turn a bronze color. In addition, this cultivar can easily be trained into an Asian inspired specimen. After the tree develops some age, start pruning branches back in, over several years until the branches are reduced to small, irregular ‘puffs’ of foliage. If you want, bring down some of the branches into a more horizontal position and tie until they stay into position ( one  or more years of training). The horizontal structure gives the tree the semblance of a much older tree as most trees begin to take this form as they age .Full Sun to half-day sun works well for Cryptomeria.  Partial shade can also work successfully. Another cultivar that can be trained in  this manner is Cryptomeria  japonica  ‘monstrosa’.  

Once again we will offer a winter pruning class. Two classes, each with a maximum of six students will meet for 21/2 hours and learn how to ‘look’ at a plant or tree, establish pruning priorities and make the cuts. Class room instruction, demonstration and field work outside. The class is held rain, snow or shine but will be cancelled if the roads are icy. There will be a morning class and an afternoon class – both held on Saturday January 18, 2014. Call the nursery for more information: 919-620-0779. Image

We love this unusual dogwood that has army green puckered leaves arranged tightly on a distinct axis. It turns an interesting and lovely chocolate or deep purple in the fall.  It is relatively new for us but sources say that it grows to  6-8 ft by 3-4 ft wide. It is easily propagated by cuttings made Image during summer and early fall under mist. 


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