About Shelterwood Gardens

Shelterwood Gardens is a nursery in the woods, specializing in native woodland ephemerals and perennials, ferns and grasses for your woodland gardens. Here, you will find mature specimens, deep-rooted plugs and mid-size pots of these wonderful Minnesota plants. Not sure what is best, or where to start? At Shelterwood Gardens, you will be able to speak directly with the grower, receive advice, and talk plants. We will be open in May by appointment (contact tab above) and will have a spot at the Mound Farmers' Market, Saturdays, from May 22nd through June 19 and then two Saturdays in August, September, and October for summer bloomers and fall plantings.

I am dedicated to gardening the woods. This means making choices that are aesthetically and ecologically sound. We continue to clear this old farm woods of buckthorn, garlic mustard, and several out of bounds ground covers planted over the years. It also means inventorying the species we find, understanding which species may have grown here, which species could grow here, and which species best serve the wildlife and future woodlands that a changing climate may bring.

Blog post, a few years back....


Betsy noticed the sound of rushing water where I had only heard the burbling of the water making an island of the bottom land beneath the slope. Four hundred feet from that snowy slope is a long valley cutting upward toward the gravel road. There, a series of two or three small wetlands, small depressions that are the beginnings of the freshet creek you see here, flowing mightily, as it drained eighteen inches of snow melted in sixty degree days over still frozen ground. The source of the rushing sound, a series of little falls cutting into the easily eroded black earth, lies about 450 feet from our north slope. The sound traveled just as easily over the cool air of the still snow filled wetland amphitheater. This melt will find its way into the ground, absorbed by the wetland, but also to the Minnetonka chain of lakes and then Minnehaha Creek, and finally to the Mississippi twenty-five miles to our east.

Finally, a day of rest, snow still residing just outside the double wall polycarbonate panels, and the intense focus and resolve to place hundreds of tiny seeds of sedges, forbs, and graminoids into six hundred cells bedded with compost, perlite, peat, and rice hulls.