Shelterwood Gardens specializes in native woodland plants: ephemerals and perennials, ferns and grasses for woodland and savanna-like gardens. We will also offer sun to part shade prairie plants, some Old World perennials for sun and part sun, and unique, hardy bulbs for autumn planting. If you are looking for an unusually large specimen, please ask -we have some very large specimens of specific plants for sale.

We have a lovely woodland location in the West Metro region of Minneapolis and will be open by appointment for plant order pickup, questions, and purchases starting in mid May. We will also be selling at the Mound Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings from May 22 through June 19, a couple of Saturdays in August, Sept, and October. 

For payment, we take personal checks and process card payments through Square. Sorry, cash is not accepted at this time.  

We aim to reduce the ecological footprint of the nursery -what does this mean for you? Plastic is the bane of the nursery industry, but there are few effective pot and tray alternatives. Small scale allows us to successfully re-use pots. You are welcome to return our pots to the nursery on one of your return visits. In general, nursery plastic pots, even those stamped #5, cannot be recycled due to color or other factors.

We do not use a heated or lighted greenhouse to get a jump on spring. Mature plants are grown outside, in the "field," where they have survived one or more winters. We raise several species from local seed sources that may be ready the same year. Some difficult to germinate species are started by our trusted wholesale native plant nursery partners using local and regional seed. All plants are grown without chemical pesticides, including those from our partners. We do not stock cardboard trays to protect car seats. Please be sure to protect your car interior from soil or water as all plants will be watered before pickup. If you need assistance with this, or have a particularly large order, we can help. Shelterwood avoids species listed as invasive or noxious.

Enjoy some of our plants in the photos below, and remember: gardens should be pleasurable.


Blue lobelia, Lobelia siphilitica, a wonderland of blue spires into autumn. No pests and deer leave it be.

Verbena hastata, Blue Vervain -good for wet to medium soils, part shade to full sun. Glorious plant.

Asters in full bloom. Did you know goldenrod is an aster? Zig Zag Goldenrod, bottom right, is the goldenrod for shade.
Echincaea purpurea, common to Eastern Deciduous Forest openings does very well here as does Gray-headed cone flower, Ratibida pinnata. Both love full sun, but can handle part shade.

The name Hairy Beardtongue, Penstemon hirsutus, doesn't indicate at all how delightful this near native plant is in the garden. The blue-violet-purple-periwinkle-white flowers are like soft lanterns in the landscape. A great plant that is native just to our south and east.


It would be a shame to have a savanna or woodland garden without the crown-like flowers of Columbine,  Aquilegia canadensis.  The native plant has carmine red and yellow flowers and can bloom early in a warm spring and keep on going into summer if it doesn't heat up too much.

Prairie Clover, Dalea purpurea, is a fantastic plant to speckle your part shade to sun garden with magenta-pink flowers in summer.  Seen here with the minnow-like inflorescence of Blue Grama, Bouteloua gracilis.

I don't see any pollinators on this Rose Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata, do you?

Not all plants enjoyed by insects and humans, alike, are native to our area. The self-seeding Meadow Sage, Salvia pratensis, will please everyone with its profuse blooms in various shades of blue, purple, pink, and white. Self-seeds readily, but doesn't become a serious problem.
Black-Eye Susan, Rudbeckia hirta, is a biennial plant -start them from seed instead of buying plants! They love areas where they can catch the sun unencumbered by other plants. Native meadows often have many of these at first, then dwindling in the second and third years due to the competition. These flowers look like they were applied with a painter's brush and bring a lot of joy, so allow it to self-seed around the edges and transplant it where you want it, or keep a clear area to seed yearly.


Hoary Vervain, Verbena stricta, blooms and blooms. Reaches for the sun, so plan support or place in the middle of the garden where it can lean on its neighbors.