Shelterwood Gardens: Our Story


Shelterwood Gardens is a nursery in the woods We specialize in native woodland plants including ephemerals and perennials, ferns and grasses for shade, part sun and full sun gardens.

The nursery will be open April 15 through October 1, by appointment. We will also be at the Mound Farmers' Market, Saturdays, from May 22nd through June 19, then on August 14th and 21st. You will always be able to speak directly with Frank, native plant enthusiast, gardener and grower, ask questions, and talk plants at the nursery, the market or via email.

Gardening in the woods means making aesthetic choices that are ecologically sound. We continue to clear our old farm woods of buckthorn, garlic mustard, creeping charlie, creeping bellflower, invasive honeysuckle, and several out of bounds ground covers planted over the years. I inventory the species we find, research plant communities that have grown here, and which species best serve the wildlife and future woodlands that a changing climate may bring. If you would like to begin creating a more complex ecology in your yard, but are unsure where to begin, please contact Frank via email. 

Shelterwood offers Ecological Design Services for anyone interested in a more complex yard ecology. Please inquire if you wish to employ our services on your project.

The nursery is a project of the artist, Frank Meuschke
, Shelterwood, refers to the silviculture system whereby mature trees are maintained for the sake of saplings and overall forest health