Who We Are & What We Do

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Planting Roots in the Community Since 1929

We listen. We design. We build. We make life more beautiful.

The outdoor space you’ve dreamed of is easy when you partner with Maxalea. Your experienced, personal landscape consultant gets to know your style and what’s important to you, and stays with you through every step of the process.

Whether it’s a complete redesign or reliable maintenance of a space you already love, partner with Maxalea, and you’ll benefit from our 85+ years of success.

  • Designs for changing styles and trends
  • Cutting edge technologies for efficient, beautiful results
  • Time-tested best practices
  • Unparalleled attention to detail
  • Personal service.
In 1929 the McWilliams brothers, James, Robert, and George, formed a partnership selling sod in Timonium. Little could they have known that over 85 years and three generations later, their dedication and hard work would have blossomed into a full service landscape and design company with generations of delighted customers all across Baltimore.

After seventeen years selling and installing sod, James McWilliams and his wife Marion started a small nursery in the Stoneleigh / Idlewood neighborhood in 1946. The nursery quickly became an attraction in the neighborhood, as “Mac’s Azaleas” drew onlookers every Spring to witness the vibrant, colorful blooms.

“Mac’s Azaleas” became “Maxalea” and still operates year round in the original Towson location.

Currently owned and operated by Michael, James, Stephen, and David McWilliams, Maxalea continues to be a leader in the landscape industry and is the recipient of many local and national awards.

We listen.

Whether you’re planning a relaxing backyard retreat or eager to correct a landscaping problem, our consultants work collaboratively with you to find solutions that work for your lifestyle, your aesthetics, and your budget.

Unlike other companies, there is no “handoff” once a contract is signed. Your landscape consultant will be with you for the whole process, from the first meeting, through every stage of the installation, and for follow-up care.

We’re creative.

Your home is unique, and we do whatever it takes to give you a distinctive space that says “home.” Our projects have included designs around prized artwork, a Ravens themed fire pit, and even a custom iguana habitat!

Our inventive solutions bring your style outside, providing a comfortable, personal extension of your home and a seamless transition from your home’s exterior to your new living space.

We’re experts.

You can rely on our 85+ years of experience. Whether your style is trendy or traditional, our staff has the know-how and creativity to transform any design challenge into a “wow.” With the most experienced staff of landscape architects, designers, horticulturists, technicians, nurserymen, and maintenance personal, we can find the best solution for every outdoor situation.

We’re still growing.

With decades of experience there is always more to learn. Our designers and technicians are continually exploring new styles and adopting new technologies.

We want every one of our customers to be delighted.

We’re proud of our work and we believe that our decades of success come from more than just doing a good job. Working in someone’s home is a privilege, and we’re delighted by the trust our customers have placed in us for decades. That’s why we go out of our way to delight our customers. From the big picture to the smallest details, we’re committed to each and every one of our customers being delighted with the design, installation, and maintenance of their home’s outdoor space.

Meet Maxalea

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The McWilliams brothers: Jim, Michael, Steve, and Dave

Maxalea, Inc. has been owned and managed by the McWilliams family for three generations.

Michael McWilliams, President, has over 40 years of industry experience and is a Certified Professional Horticulturalist, and Past President of Landscape Contractors Association (1994). Michael holds a associates degree from the University of Maryland in horticulture.

Jim McWilliams, Executive Vice President, has over 35 years industry experience and is a Certified Plant Identification Specialist and holds a Certified State of MD Pest Control License and a State of MD Fertilizer Applicator’s License. Jim is Past President of MNLA (MD Nursery & Landscape Association) 2003-2004, and Past Secretary/Treasurer of MaGIC (MD Green Industry Council). Jim has a B.S. Honors in Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley College.

Stephen McWilliams, Vice President and Secretary, has over 30 years industry experience and is a Certified Professional Horticulturalist, with a degree in Horticulture from Howard Community College.

David McWilliams, Vice President, has over 30 years industry experience, is a Certified Professional Horticulturalist, MHIC license holder, holds a MD Department of Agriculture Pesticide License in Turf, Ornamental Tree and Shrub care, and a degree in Horticulture from Delaware Valley College.

Our Landscape Design & Consulting Team

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Landscape Design Consultants

Doug Sheredos
Doug SheredosLandscape Architect
• Registered Landscape Architect
• B.S. Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland
• 17 years industry experience
• 5 years with Maxalea, Inc.
Chad Tipton
Chad TiptonLandscape Design Consultant
• Residential and commercial maintenance and landscape installations
• HOA residential community maintenance
• 20 years industry experience
Specialties: retaining walls, drainage, patios, grading, decks, ponds and water features
Sandy Wicklein
Sandy WickleinLandscape Design Consultant
• Over 25 years in the nursery and landscape industry
Specialties: historic properties and renovation projects, native plants, aquatics, design and development of outdoor spaces that meet a client’s recreational and aesthetic needs and goals.
Sharon Begin
Sharon BeginLandscape Design Consultant
• Formal and informal hardscapes
• Renovation of mature gardens and incorporation of native plants
• Over 15 years in industry experience
Specialties: Creating spaces that provide four-season interest and encourage people to interact with the environment, including patio areas, outdoor kitchens, ponds, play areas, vegetable gardens.

Vance Cole
Vance ColeLandscape Design Consultant
• Certified Professional Horticulturalist
• Maryland Certified Pesticide Applicator
• Certified in Erosion & Sediment Control
• Over 30 years industry experience
• B.S. Biology / Botany, Towson University
Specialties: Design/Build projects involving grade changes and multi-levels, construction, drainage, water features, lighting and irrigation

Giving To Our Community

Maxalea proudly supports the following organizations.

Angel Park
The William S. Baer School
The Baltimore Basilica
Boys Latin Alumni Association
Cardinal Crease Club Foundation
Center Stage Loyola Blakefield
Maryland Sheriff’s Association
Mercy High School Odyssey School
PHHS Athletic Booster Club
Pine Grove Elementary PTA
School Sisters of Notre Dame
School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen
St. John’s Church
St. Joseph Medical Center
Stoneleigh Community Association
Stoneleigh School PTA
TUMC University of Baltimore Foundation

Planting Roots in the Community Since 1929

Maxalea is Baltimore’s premier landscaping and outdoor design company, serving Baltimore City and Baltimore County with a history of exceptional service and creative solutions. See what makes us special.

Our Recent Work

Get inspired! Visit our galleries and see why our clients are consistently delighted. From patios to outdoor kitchens, from flower gardens to complete outdoor makeovers, let your imagination grow.

People are talking about Maxalea…

I am so pleased with the landscaping renovations. All of the plants and shrubs in the front, back and side are beautiful and the entire look exceeds my expectations. The layout and the choice of greens add so much to the house. Already neighbors I never knew are stopping to admire everything. Once again, Maxalea has demonstrated quality workmanship.
B. Kansler
We all LOVE the winter plantings. We are so happy with this Maxalea situation. It has really increased our enjoyment of our home and your creativity and attention to detail is so appreciated.
William S.
I want to thank you for the marvelous landscaping job you did for me. Your plan was just what I had imagined and your engineering skills are terrific. It has been a pleasure to work with you and I am as happy 14 years later as I was the very first year.

R. Feikin

Let’s have a conversation.

A beautiful space starts with a conversation. Our creative experts are ready to help. Let’s get started!