Wreaths and holly berries go together like milk and cookies. The combination is a classic and McLean Nursery in Parkville, Maryland has it down to a fine art, growing all kinds of hollies since 1946. When Thanksgiving rolls around, McLean goes into full swing cutting all kinds of evergreens – boxwood, magnolias, and cedar, but in particular their specialty-holly. Bill Kuhl the owner of McLean, has many mature specimens to cut from, including American, English, and the deciduous hollies, commonly called Winterberries, or Ilex verticillata. Satyr Hill Holly, an Ilex opaca, was developed at McLean from a volunteer seedling and named Holly of the Year in 2003 by The Holly Society of America, Inc.
Starting with an evergreen base fastened to a wire form, bunches or picks of tips of evergreens, berries, and holly are added for texture and color. Last, cones, pods, and the odd vegetable are added along with a huge loopy bow. The yellow berries are especially striking on wreaths.
People know that when they buy a wreath at McLean that the greens will be freshly picked so that the wreath or arrangement will last through the holidays and beyond. The festive holly is used on almost every wreath and arrangement.
If you want to buy greens or berries to make your own arrangements, a scale weighs your selections and is priced by the pound.
Table arrangements of candle rings and boxwood trees are also made with the signature McLean style at a very reasonable price. The freshly picked beauty of the evergreens make McLean’s wreaths stand out from the crowd and people come from all over to snatch them up to decorate their doors and mantels.
11 Replies to “A Tapestry of Holly – McLean Nursery”
Love this post Claire. I’m from Parkville and McLean’s has been there a very long time.
Please have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year!!! Love, Linda T
Thanks Linda, Happy holidays!
What a fun place! The owners must be great people to know. Their work has such personality and joy! Thank you for this beautiful post! WG
It is a great place! Thanks for reading.
How Christmassy! The Chief Elf has done a marvellous job! Happy holidays 🙂
Ha ha…it’s not easy being green….love the Kermit. Wonderful wreaths, Happy Holidays!!
These are lovely. We have lots of holly in our garden and bring it inside for decorating at this time of year.
I love the orange Winterberries and turnips in a wreath. Great color and form!
I never would have thought of using turnips!