Moon Nurseries

Moon Nurseries is a wholesale horticultural nursery located in Chesapeake City, Maryland, USA. Moon grows different varieties of B&B (balled and burlapped) trees, shrubs, and container plants including grasses, roses and perennials. It began its operations in Yardley, Pennsylvania in 1971 under the ownership of Walt Flowers and began production at the current Chesapeake City, Maryland location under the leadership of John Pursell in 1989. Today, Moon Nurseries is an employee owned and operated company producing over 40,000 trees and 350,000 container plants a year from our Maryland nurseries.[1]

Moon Nurseries Inc.
Industrywholesale nursery, Horticulture and gardening
FoundedBucks County, PA in 1767
HeadquartersChesapeake City, Maryland
ProductsPlants, Flowers, Trees, Shrubs, Lawn Care, and Gardening Supplies

Over 50,000 trees and 400,000 container plants of new and old plant varieties are being sold and grown every year. The nursery has 365 greenhouses, all of which are 450 feet long. The lining out stock or field stock is purchased from nurseries like J. Frank Schmidt & Son in Boring, Oregon, and other similar growers.

Moon's stock is sold to wholesale customers only and not to mass merchandisers or chain stores. Moon Banks on Quality, Reputation.[2]

Moon Nurseries is the member of AMERICAN NURSERY & LANDSCAPE ASSOCIATION (ANLA)[3] and Mark A. Brinsky of Moon is among the board of directors under Landscape Distribution Division of ANLA.[4]

The nursery company is also a member of Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association (PLNA),[5] Delaware Nursery & Landscape Association (DNLA),[6] Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA)[7] and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)[8]

The tree selected for the President Inaugural ceremony 2009 for President Elect Barack Obama was a White Oak, Quercus alba, purchased from Moon Nurseries of Maryland's Eastern shore.[9] The tree planting ceremony took place at the Mt Zion Cemetery in Washington DC, on January 19, 2009 to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

The nursery provided hundreds of trees and shrubs to Delaware Valley College. John Pursell, the president of Moon Nurseries is an alumnus from Class of 1981.[10] Moon is listed among the career day companies of 2009 in Delaware Valley College.[11]

The company participated as an exhibitor in MANTS 2009.[12] Pennsylvania College of Technology has approved Moon Nurseries as an internship employer[13]

Moon Nurseries is a registered supplier and certified vendor with the state of Delaware for bioretention soil mixture.[14] Moon Nurseries also carries a full line of local vegetation for bioretention plantings, including moisture and flood-resistant grasses, shrubs and canopy trees.

In early 2008, Moon Nurseries submitted samples of its bioretention soil mixture (BSM) to a DNREC approved laboratory (Duffield Associates, Consultants in the Geosciences) to obtain certification of its biosoil medium. Laboratory testing was performed on a representative sample of biofiltration soil to evaluate general conformance of the sample provided with DNREC – Soil and Water Conservation Division's requirements for biofiltration soil. The laboratory concluded that all Mix Components, Sand Gradation, and Infiltration Rate met or exceeded the DNREC required standards. Moon Nurseries has been a reliable, certified supplier of bioretention soil to the Delaware area ever since. Customers can contact them for low-impact development or stormwater management needs.

These are some of the recommended plants for Bio Retention Planting: Acer rubrum Red Maple, Clethra alnifolia Sweet Pepperbush, Betula nigra River Birch, Cornus sericea Red Osier dogwood.


The company can trace its roots to William H. Moon, who founded the nursery in Bucks County, Pa. In 1767, founder William H. Moon sold the company's first tree for 8 shillings as the dollars did not even exist at that time. An old advertisement for ornamental and fruiting trees, written by William H. MOON can be found at theoldentimes.[15]

The company has gone through location and ownership changes in 240 years. Today, Moon Nurseries is an employee owned and operated company producing over 40,000 trees and 350,000 container plants a year from Moon's Maryland nurseries.


Moon Nurseries is located on Maryland's Eastern Shore between the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware Bay.

Footnotes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "About - Moon Nurseries". Moon Nurseries. Retrieved 2022-08-12.
  2. ^ "Moon banks on Quality, reputation: From NMPRO Magazine"[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Moon Nurseries is a member of ANLA" Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "ANLA Board of Directors" Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Member of PLNA"[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Member of DNLA" Archived 2008-05-29 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Member of MNLA" Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Member of ASLA"
  9. ^ "Tree for the President Inaugural Ceremony" Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Moon trees and shrubs at Delaware valley College"
  11. ^ "Career day companies of 2009" Archived 2012-07-28 at
  12. ^ "Exhibitors in MANTS 2009" Archived 2006-10-18 at
  13. ^ ""Approved internship employers"". Archived from the original on 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2009-09-09.
  14. ^ "Moon Nurseries is a registered supplier and certified vendor for bioretention soil mixture" Archived 2009-12-10 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Advertisement written by William H. Moon"

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