National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day

March 29, 2022

In today’s world, the same products can be found in every Big Box store in every state. Isn’t it refreshing to find something unique at a Mom & Pop store that no one else has discovered? Small, independent and often family-owned, Mom & Pop businesses have a real impact on their community by providing jobs and recycling money earned back into their local community. To some twenty-seven million small businesses, we CONGRATULATE you on National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day!

Spring Fever

Spring Fever: that restless, unsettled feeling you have and don’t quite know what to do with. March 20th, 2022 may remedy the fever. A time for renewal, an explosion of color as trees grow greener covering bare branches. Everything comes to life.

The First Day of Spring: a symbolic mind-set that winter’s grey is behind us (and hopefully it is)! At dawn’s early light on warm spring days when the song birds are singing, followed by bumblebees buzzing, it’s a sign to dust off the winter blues.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!!

Today is a day to celebrate all things Irish like corned beef and cabbage, leprechauns, green beer, and shamrocks.

The term shamrock translates as “little clover”. A four-leafed clover, considered a symbol of good luck is an uncommon variation of the three-leafed clover, a type of trefoil plant. The gene responsible for four-leafed clovers is recessive and a rare occurrence.

Clover is primarily insect-pollinated and attractive to beneficial insects and pollinators, you know the bees and butterflies the human race and earth need to survive. Clover is a host plant to various species of butterflies and a good source of nectar for bees.

It is said that whoever stumbles across a four-leafed clover is granted good luck and protected from any bad luck. If you are the 1 in 10,000 to find a “lucky four-leaf clover”, may your pockets be heavy and your hearts be light! Wishing you a lot of luck on St Paddy’s Day.

Happy Presidents Day

It all started with the “Botanist President” George Washington, our 1st president. John Adams, our 2nd president planted the 1st veggie garden at the White House. Along comes Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd president and a passionate horticulturist who started the tradition of planting trees around the White House. Formal gardens were planted at the nation’s Capitol by our 6th president, John Quincy Adams. It would be our 7th president, Andrew Jackson who created the White House orangery, an early type of greenhouse.

Thank you to the founding fathers and their love of gardens!

Roses Are Red …

Flowers may be the obvious choice for Valentines Day, but plants make great gifts too! Like the perfect relationship, with the right amount of love and care, they’re a gift that keeps giving as they grow!

Happy Valentines Day!


Happy Groundhog Day!

Without the groundhog, Feb 2nd would be just another day on the calendar. Can the groundhog really predict the end of winter? Will the groundhog see its shadow or not? Why do we care?

It is believed that if the groundhog emerges from its burrow on Feb 2nd and sees its shadow, it will retreat to its den and there will be six more weeks of winter. No shadow signals the early arrival of spring. Since the groundhog hibernates every winter, the fact that it would consider leaving its burrow is an instinctive sign that spring is to follow.

Here’s hoping the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow on this uniquely American holiday tradition.

In Loving Memory of LeVerne C. Kohl

Angelica Nurseries is saddened by the passing of our second-generation patriarch, LeVerne Carroll Kohl on July 7, 2021. Born in Shillington, PA in 1933, one of three sons to Thomas J. and Elsie May Kohl. Verne is survived by his three daughters Nina, Tami and Jenny. For decades, Verne worked beside his brothers, Tim and Bernard, Sr. and his two nephews, Bernie and Jim. Along with his parents, Verne was preceded in death by his wife Jeanette and brother Bernard, Sr.
After graduating from Shillington High School, Verne served his country for two years in the US Army. In 1956 Angelica moved its operations from Pennsylvania to Maryland. It was Verne tasked with establishing the nursery in Maryland. For many years, Verne was the face of the nursery and the driving force behind Angelica’s dedication to be the leader in the production of quality plant material. Over the past 60 years, Verne is accredited with 10 plant introductions. None of the introductions would be patented as he did not believe in patenting what nature gave us.

A man of few words, Verne built long lasting relationships with Angelica’s customers and employees. Verne worked together with other industry pioneers such as Manny Shemin, Jim Bissett and Arthur Gaklis to establish the re-wholesale process of plant distribution.

Verne served for many years on the White House Grounds Committee of the American Nursery and Landscape Association. He was a member of the Plant Propagators Society and the Landscape Architects Society. Verne was committed to agriculture advancement, farmland preservation, protecting the environment and supporting the local community. In his spare time, Verne was the creator and designer of Gentle Winds, an exclusive residential development in Galena, MD. Through all of his contributions and accolades, too many to mention, Verne remained humble never expecting any recognition.

A master nurseryman, Verne was also an accomplished stone mason, designer and draftsman. In 1969, he obtained his private pilots license. A world class gentleman with a generous heart, Verne experienced a lifetime of outstanding accomplishments. An inspiration for hard work and dedication, Verne will be greatly missed by all. There is comfort knowing he is in a better place.

Private services for the family were held on July 11th at the Galena Funeral Home. A celebration of Verne’s life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, care of Galena Funeral Home, P.O. Box 235, Galena, MD 21635 or to the Galena Volunteer Fire Company.

Spring Update with Kim Usilton

Kim Usilton, our Customer Service Supervisor, hits the field to give the Spring Update. Find out what’s past its prime, what’s being dug now and what you should be putting on your order.

A Day in the Life of a Bareroot Tree

In this video you’ll see how we remove our shade tree liners from the ground. The bareroot trees will be moved to another location where they will be re-planted in their final spacing. This is the second and final move in the production process.

Our Field Crew is Back & Ready to Get Digging!

Angelica Nurseries, Inc., Fie

You know Spring is right around the corner when the bus arrives at the farm with our field crew. The team is rested up and ready to get to work digging the plant material that Angelica Nurseries is known for. The success of our plant material is not only because of the great start and care we give them while they grow, but also because of the skilled team we employ to prepare and dig them for shipment.

While the men are getting settled, take a look at our Current Availability and be sure to have your orders or revisions submitted to Customer Service.

Spring 2021 – Angelica’s Field Crew Returns! (Videos)

Summer Digging? Why, yes we are!

Sure it’s hot outside, but you can still plant during summer. So
long as key plant needs are met, adequate water, proper sun exposure
and well-drained soil, it can be done.

Angelica Nurseries digs plant material throughout the summer
successfully. Summer digging is a complex process that requires extra
time and labor to ensure viability.

  • Plant material is watered a full day prior to harvesting
  • Ball sizes are increased to further maximize water retention
  • After removal from the field, plants are transported through an
    overhead watering boom and placed in a ‘hardening off’ area to
    acclimate prior to shipping.

Usually, plant failure is not because it was planted during the
summer, but because it’s basic needs were not met.  Give Angelica a
call for premium plant material, hardened off for peak performance on
your Jobsite.