State’s Online Tree Nursery Now Accepting Orders
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State’s Online Tree Nursery Now Accepting Orders

Who: Private Landowners in Maryland and Delaware
When: Now through April 2014
Where: Online at
Contact: 1-800-873-3763 or


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting tree seedling orders through the John S. Ayton State Forest Tree Nursery. There are more than 50 tree species ─ many new to the nursery this year ─ available to meet a variety of aesthetic and environmental needs.

Seedlings are available for conservation purposes defined as: Watershed Protection, Wildlife Habitat, Christmas Trees, Forest Products, Soil Protection, Buffer Planting and Windbreak Protection. Seedlings are available in units as small as 25 per species with a minimum order of 100. Supplied are limited.  

Landowners who purchase seedlings from the John S. Ayton Nursery agree to:

  • Plant all seedlings and shrubs in Maryland or Delaware for conservation purposes
  • Provide a planting report upon DNR request
  • Protect plantings as much as possible from fires, grazing animals and trespassers
  • Keep live, rooted trees in place (trees with roots attached may not be uprooted for sale as live or ornamental trees)

“In 2014 the Maryland State Forest Tree Nursery celebrates 100 years of Service,” said Nursery Manager Richard Garrett. “Through the years, the nursery has built a reputation for serving the needs of our customers, and we are proud to continue that commitment today. We strive to provide you with high quality seedlings and excellent service at competitive prices.”  

DNR reminds citizens, that there are now brand new and expanded incentives for Maryland landowners to plant trees and better manage their forests. Maryland’s Forest Preservation Act of 2013, which requires that the State stay at or above its current tree canopy of 40 percent, assists citizens and local governments who work to increase tree cover on their property with more tools and tax benefits. This first-of-its-kind legislation is part of a statewide effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, prevent further climate change and improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Click here to see if you qualify.