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Last Call for State Tree Nursery Orders

Photo of Nursery Entrance sign Who: Private Landowners in Maryland and Delaware
When: Now through May 1, 2014
Where: Online at
Contact: 1-800-873-3763 or

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ John S. Ayton State Forest Tree Nursery is still accepting seedling orders, now through Thursday, May 1. There are many tree species 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)

“This year marks 100 years of service for the Maryland State Forest Tree Nursery,” said Nursery Manager Richard Garrett. “We strive to provide our customers with high-quality seedlings at competitive prices.”  

DNR reminds citizens, that there are programs and incentives for Maryland landowners to plant trees and better manage their forests. These efforts aim to help reduce greenhouse gas pollution, prevent further climate change and improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.

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.

Additionally, through the Lawn to Woodland program, the Maryland Forest Service is offering to plant trees on designated property owner’s lawn free of charge if they own one to four acres of unused lawn. Unused lawn can be converted to tree cover at no cost to landowners while simultaneously improving the health of our environment.