Parsonage Run Nursery

Parsonage Run Nursery

Parsonage Run Nursery origin

Parsonage Run Nursery has been in business since 1988.  They are a small operation, family-owned and operated. In season, they utilize up to 15 employees.  Doug and Michele Mehaffey started this business with 20 acres of regular and P.J.M. rhododendrons.  (The P.J.M. rhododendron is a winter-hardy hybrid. The cultivar originated in Weston Nurseries in Massachusetts. Consequently, it is named for Peter John Mezitt, the founder of the nursery.) Today the nursery has 150 acres. Ninety percent of their plants are boxwood, with twelve different varieties. They also have lilacs and viburnum.

Boxwoods

Parsonage Run Nursery specializes in American boxwoods. Boxwoods are the shrub of choice for landscapers. They are wide-spreading bushes with dense, rich, evergreen foliage. Furthermore, they can grow from 10 – 15 feet high. This traditional shrub is a great landscaping plant for a formal garden. In addition, boxwoods outline backyards, parking lots or walkways. Finally, boxwoods are great topiary pieces and do well in planters. Prune them in winter to shape and size them.

Parsonage Run

Parsonage Run

Parsonage Run Nursery

Parsonage Run Nursery is a wholesale nursery located at 459 Old Deerfield Pike in Bridgeton, New Jersey. The nursery specializes in American Boxwood plants.  Their focus is on quality.  The next generation has now joined Parsonage Run! Therefore, they are expanding their business into some containers with several varieties of hydrangeas, roses, and boxwood. If you are ever in the area, stop in! Furthermore, we’d love to give you a tour.

American boxwood

The boxwood is a great landscaping plant with dense evergreen foliage.  Traditionally, this shrub is used as a hedge. However, in olden times the shrub had other purposes. The ancient Romans used the heavy, fine-grained wood for elegantly-crafted boxes. Women would store valuables in the boxes. Also, artisans used boxwood to make combs and musical instruments. Today, the American Boxwood Society is a great source of information on everything having to do with boxwoods.  Therefore, to connect with them, click this link.

American Boxwoods

American Boxwoods

American Boxwoods history

Parsonage Run Nursery specializes in American Boxwoods. Boxwoods have been around for centuries. For instance, the Egyptians had pruned boxwood hedges in 4000 B.C. Nurserymen from Amsterdam delivered the first boxwood plants to Long Island, New York, in 1653. Boxwoods reached peak popularity in the United States during the early 1800s and again during the Colonial Revival era in the early 1900s. Horticultural interest in the genus Buxus continues today by many nurserymen, landscapers and homeowners.

American boxwood versus English boxwood

The American boxwood is faster growing than English boxwoods. The leaves tend to be more elongated with pointed tips.  On the other hand, the English boxwoods grow slowly, are dense and compact. Their leaves are smaller and have blunt tips. Finally, the American boxwood is tolerant of cold weather and is perfect for a screening hedge. Click here for more information on boxwoods from the American Boxwood Society.