Shelterwood Gardens is a nursery for beginning and seasoned gardeners interested in growing native plants of our Minnesota woodlands,  prairies, wetlands, and savannas. Welcome. Please feel free to contact us using the Contact Form on the left sidebar.

Location & Hours:

Shelterwood is changing its opener to Friday, May 6th due to this unseasonable weather. If you are anxious to pick up ephemeral species, please send me an email and we can set up an appointment time.. Beginning May 6th, we will open Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. All other times by appointment. Find us on Google Maps here.

Parking:
Shelterwood is located at our homestead in the woods. Please drive slowly down the gravel drive, curve right at the fork and park diagonally in the marked spot on the right.

Payment:
Shelterwood Gardens accepts personal checks, credit card payments via Square, and we are now also accepting cash. E-Gift cards make a great gift for the gardener in your life. Securely purchase an E-gift card here

Shelterwood is a retail nursery for home gardeners. We do not sell wholesale and do charge sales tax at our local rate of 7.525%. If you need many of species or plug trays, please contact us!

Our Ecological Footprint:
Plastic is the bane of the nursery industry, but there are few effective alternatives. Small scale allows us to succ
essfully re-use solid, clean pots. You are welcome to return our pots to the nursery on a return visit. Please note: plastic pots, even those stamped #5, cannot be recycled due to color and other factors.

Shelterwood does not utilize a heated greenhouse. Mature plants are grown outside, where they have survived one or more winters. Several species are grown from local seed suppliers, such as Prairie Moon in Winona. Difficult to germinate species are started by trusted, MN Dept of Agriculture licensed and Certified Pollinator Friendly, wholesale nursery partners. Shelterwood grows these little plants to maturity in pots or raised beds at the nursery. 

All plants are grown without neonicotinoids or other pesticides. Shelterwood does not grow or sell species listed as invasive or noxious.

We do not stock cardboard trays to protect car seats. Please be sure to bring something to protect your car interior from soil or water. We sometimes have a few cardboard can trays around if you have forgotten to bring something..

Blue lobelia, Lobelia siphilitica, a wonderland of blue spires into autumn.


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


On the left is Short's Aster, but did you know goldenrod is also an aster? Blue-stem Goldenrod
  
 
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? For those who want a less "spready" milkweed that Monarchs love, this is a great one!
 
 
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.