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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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