Winter Classes 2016

November 19, 2015

Pruning Class : Once again  we  will  be offering a hands-on pruning class led by John Monroe, owner of Architectural Trees. The  class is being offered 1/9/2016. The class is from 1pm until 3:30, held rain/ snow or shine, and is outside. How to look at and determine the singular beauty of a tree and how to bring it out by making pruning decisions is a focus of this class. Students need to come to class with by-pass pruners. Japanese Maples, and conifers will be some of the trees that we will learn about.

Fee: $45 paid in  advance. Six students per class ( we will fill up the afternoon class before opening the morning class ).

Intensive Workshop  for Intermediate or Advanced Gardeners , “Exploring Creativity, Gardening and the  Self” This all day  workshop held inside,  is facilitated by John Monroe.  Using structured exercises, and group process,  the participants will have an opportunity to learn more about what gardening brings to their lives, how they tap into their creativity  and perhaps, recognize some new connections within themselves that were ready to be made.  Not a therapy group, however, an openness to one’s history and how gardening fits into it will be welcomed and respected. Saturday January 16, 9 -4 pm. Light breakfast  and healthy snacks are  included, bring a bag lunch. Five participants only. Fee is $150 for the day, paid in advance.




John Monroe will give a presentation on Saturday November 14 at 1pm on Garden Design with Fall color. The presentation will be in the  nursery’s Education Center. There is no fee.

Acer palmatum 'Viridis' 30 years old

Acer palmatum ‘Viridis’ 30 years old

There will be  three presentations on Conifers during October at Architectural Trees:

Saturday October 10 1pm – Pines for the Landscape

Saturday  October 17 1pm – Hinoki cypress – size, shape and colors!

Saturday October 24 1 pm – Spruces

Each presentation will be held in the Education Center  at Architectural Trees and last for about 30 – 40 minutes.  Free of charge. DSCN1218

We are excited about  the trees we have grown this summer. Each year we grow different trees to keep our regular customers coming back. This year we have Sassafras, American Smoke tree, Carolina Silverbell, Shirotae cherry, Fruit trees ( semi-dwarf apples, plums, figs, fruiting weeping mulberry, small paw paw ). New this year are smaller size plants from 2 gal size. Also,  we have a huge inventory of Japanese maples.

We have  opened our back field and have priced many of our trees at a wholesale level. A trusted landscaper will dig out your trees for a fee in the winter. Bring your walking shoes, a tarp if you plan on carting your plants home with you in an open truck and pictures of areas you want to landscape if you want us to provide some suggestions.

Our Blueberry  field is now open for U-pick. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 8 am til noon, Saturdays 8 am til 2pm.

Our bushes have never been sprayed with insecticide. We provide picking buckets, and have a food safety program in place.

our season usually extends from late June unitl the first week in August.

We have had a better than usual year in our efforts  to graft Japanese Maple. I calculate we were successful in over 70 %. One of the techniques  we discovered was to put down some pine bark in the bottom of the holding trays and wet them down. The maples are kept dry until the leaves break bud, the the moisture down below the pots help wake up the roots and they b begin to grow, and the result is a strong push. Every nurseryman has their own set-up, but this has worked well for us. These trees will be shifted up into 1 gallon pots at some point later in  the spring. DSCN1778_01 DSCN1779_01

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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