Kingsdene Nursery & Garden Center
16435 York Road, Monkton, MD 21111
Voted Best of Baltimore 2022 Nursery & Garden Center

Voted Best of Baltimore 2022 Nursery & Garden Center


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Our Open House to Kick Off the Holiday Season

Mark your calendars! This weekend is our impromptu Open House. Come enjoy warm cider and home baked cookies to really kick off the holiday season. We have all things Christmas including our ornaments, votive holders and bells made in the Ukraine by local artisans. They have been a BIG hit and we couldn’t be happier to support such a worthy case. HO HO HO, it’s off to Kingsdene we go! 🎄🍪🎅🏻 🇺🇦🎁

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees Now Available in the Nursery

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Kingsdene! The nursery is loaded with beautiful fresh cut “grown in the mountains” of North Carolina Frasiers, sweetly scented Douglas firs, plus wreaths, roping, bundled greens and more. You pick the tree and we do the rest, including trimming the bottom, netting, tie up and loading onto your car. Shop early (and often) for the best selection. Because our trees are fresh and full they sell very quickly so don’t delay.
 
Our quaint and cozy gift shop is filled with ornaments, gifts, decorated trees, and more. We have Boxwood, Magnolia, Winterberry, swags, decorated wreaths and mantle pieces. Plus a lovely and colorful selection of Poinsettias.
Come see what Santa and his elves have been up to. We are open everyday from 9 to 5. Shop local, shop small, and we will love you forever! HO HO HO
 
“Kingsdene Nursery & Garden Center – Voted Baltimore’s Best 2022 by Baltimore Magazine”
 

Kingsdene Nursery & Garden Center Best of Baltimore 2022

This charming gem of a nursery is in all ways the opposite of a big box shop. For starters, they grow much of their own stock. Small in size, Kingsdene is prized by serious plantspeople, particularly for its selection of trees and shrubs. A small business that distinguishes itself through exceptional customer service, it’s not uncommon for staffers to forage in a dense sea of plants to find the best-looking specimen for their customers. They also stand behind their plants, offering a one-year warranty on many trees and shrubs.

Our Garden Statuary Available in the Nursery

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me……statuary! Looking for something a little different to give as a Christmas gift? We think a piece of garden statuary might be the answer. Rustic in appearance and made of cast cement the pieces in this collection will add a bit of whimsy and fun to your garden. We have a nice selection to choose from so come take a look. Open 9 – 5 everyday!

Reserve Your Fresh Trees for Christmas Now!

Read it and weep, 😭, only 47 days till Christmas! That being said if you are thinking this year of purchasing a live tree (ball and burlap for planting after the holidays) please reserve your tree now! Choose and purchase your tree and we will hold it for you until you are ready to pick it up. Now is the perfect time to dig and prepare the hole before it gets down right cold.
 
We have beautifully shaped Norway Spruce (Picea abies) in the 5 to 6′ range but if you add in the height of the root ball they should be approximately in the 6 to 7′ range once in your home. When planted, the Norway will maintain a nice pyramidal shape, they are low maintenance, sun to part shade, deer resistant and provides habitat for many varieties of birds. A live Christmas tree will be enjoyed for many years to come. Reserve now for the best selection, they tend to sell very quickly!
 
Our fresh cut trees will be ready for sale Thanksgiving week. First come, first served on fresh trees.
 
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! HO HO HO
 

Seeing Wheel Bugs in Your Garden? It’s a Good Thing!

You may have seen this around your garden and home and thought “eeewwww”, what is that ugly thing? That, my dear, is a wheel bug and not to be feared unless they bite you. They are a generalist predator and love to feast on the dreaded spotted lantern fly, which is a good thing! Often known as assassin bugs they sport a dagger-like, piercing-sucking beak. They feast on something small like an aphid right up to something the size of a caterpillars. The wheel bug can reach up to 1 1/2 inches in length but don’t mess with them because if they bite you they can pack quite a punch. Avoid using broad-spectrum pesticides because this is one bug you want in your garden. We’ve posted photos of wheel bug eggs compared to the eggs of the spotted lantern fly so you can identify the one to seek out and destroy. Photos courtesy of U. of Md. Entomology Dept.

Our Paperwhite and Amaryllis Bulbs

They’re back! Paperwhite and Amaryllis bulbs are in. Great gift item if you have a “non-gardener” 🙄(is there such a thing?) in your life. Add a pretty container and voila’, you have a gift that won’t break the bank. Enjoy the beauty of the Amaryllis, 3 to 4 stems with 4 to 6 blooms on each, and with proper care they should be repeat bloomers. The Kingsdene elves have been VERY busy so come on in and see what those little rascals have been up to.

Leaves Are Changing on the Flame Thrower Redbuds in the Nursery

Isn’t this pretty? Leaves changing on one of the Flame Thrower Redbuds (Cercis canadensis) in the nursery. Native, with light pink spring flowers with an ever-changing display of colorful foliage that continues all the way to fall. New foliage emerges burgundy, fades to yellow, and matures to green. A fantastic and stunning landscape specimen. Deciduous, likes full to part sun, generally matures at 10 years with a spread of 15 feet and a height of 15 to 20 feet.

Add Color to Your Landscape with Our Winterberry

Our Winterberry, Ilex Verticillata ”Red Sprite” is just stunning this year. Loaded with a profusion of bright red berries, this hardy deciduous shrub will definitely add a pop to the winter landscape and provide food for overwintering birds. Best part, it’s native! 👍🏻 Use as foundation color, for a natural hedge, or in a shrub border for seasonal interest. An early-flowering male pollenizer such as Jim Dandy Winterberry is required for berry set. Both Red Sprite and Jim Dandy available in the nursery.

Little Henry Sweetspire Now Available in the Nursery

Little Henry, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Meet Little Henry Sweetspire, Itea virginica. No muss or fuss with this one. Native to North America and pollinator friendly. Little Henry is a useful plant with lots of potential for your landscape. It prefers moist soils and will tolerate wet conditions. It will grow in full sun to full shade, and requires little pruning or other maintenance. Little Henry has lightly scented, pure white flowers that shoot like fireworks in the early summer. Looks great in a mixed border. Attracts butterflies and bees. Generally deer resistant. Grows 24 to 36″ in height and width, with a mounding habit. Just when you’re not expecting anything more, green summer foliage changes to a brilliant multitude of oranges and reds in the fall, making Little Henry a real stand-out. Available in 3 gallon containers in the nursery.