I'm wondering if anyone could share recommendations for nurseries in WI or upper Midwest/Great Lakes area in general? I've heard good things about Weston's Antique Apples, though I don't think it's quite a 'nursery.' I also noticed in the WI thread a reference to Cold Stream Farm in MI. I'd love to hear of other positive experiences!
Location: WI, USA (Zone 5) Continental ~33" avg. rainfall
posted 6 years ago
I highly recommend Wallace Woodstock Nursery located in Neillsville, WI. They have a tremendous selection and grow the plants around the central WI area. They have a decent listing on their web page and Tom Wallace is really helpful and knowledgable.
Not sure where in Wi you are exactly, but if you are up North, you might want to check out the Draw permaculture community and their Water's Edge Nursery. They maintain a small permie-oriented nursery which includes a who's who of all the good permie trees and shrubs. They're located up near Lake Superior between Cornucopia and Bayfield. They're really at the end of the road from most folks though...and they like it that way! Here's a link to their website and their plant offerings. Cheers!
"Waters Edge Nursery & Gardens is Located on the property of
The Draw LLC, a land-based regenerative community on the south shore
of Lake Superior. We are listed in US agricultural zone 4B with a growing season of 120-150 days. Our plants are well suited for our unique bio-region and most will grow successfully in zone 4 (some zone 3,2,1).
We use only biological controls attempting to create cultivated ecosystem. In our nursery we focus on root growth to produce healthy plants that will thrive in your landscape. We invite you to come and see first-hand our cultivation practices. It is best to contact us to set-up an appointment; though you can just stop by as we are usually around. We
will be happy to help figure out the right plants for your situation.
We are excited to provide healthy and unique multiple use plants. We
are interested in helping create diverse and productive self maintaining landscapes. To that end we offer the following species.
Fruit: Grafted Apples, Pears both European and Asian, Plums, Quince, Medlar and Sweet & Sour Pie Cherries. Seedling and clonal Juneberries (several species and varieties), Chokeberry, Hawthorns, Bush Cherry, Manchurian Apricot, Sand Cherry, Bounty Plum, European Bird Cherry, Black Cherry, Nanking Cherry, many varieties of Red and Black Currents as well as Gooseberries, Rugosa Rose, Elderberries, many Blueberries both low bush and high bush, many species of Cranberries, Paw Paws, Persimmons, Grapes and many species and varieties of arctic hardy KIWI!
Nuts: We are nuts about nuts and think that any decent civilization must be founded on the mast of the forest! We offer: Northern Hardy Pecans, Shagbark Hickory, Chestnuts-American, Chinese, European and lots of their crosses; Hazelnuts, Filberts, American Beech, Ginkgo Biloba, Carpathian Walnuts, Heartnuts, Black Walnuts, Buartnuts, Butternuts, Buart Black Walnuts, Swiss Stone Pine, Korean Stone Pine, Limber Pine Dwarf Stone Pine (note a stone pine is a pine tree that produces pine nuts), Popcorn Shrub and lots and lots of Oaks.
Groundcovers: Our groundcovers are selected to provide multiple functions. Bearberry, Wild Ginger, Wintergreen, Salal, Arctic Pink Rosemary, Groundcover Raspberry, Comfrey, Cranberry and Ligonberry.
Nitrogen Fixers: This useful class of plants makes it possible for life on Earth. Without these plants the soils of our planet would quickly degrade. All of our nitrogen fixers have multiple uses such as edible and medicinal fruit or animal forage. Most are drought and wind tolerant. Goumi, Seaberry, Siberian Pea Shrub, Buffaloberry, Black Locust, Red Alder.
Shrubs: Leather Leaf, Honeyball Bush, Lemon Grass (great house plant), Daphne, Osage Orange, Oregon Grape, Lilacs and Yuccas.
Trees: Sugar Maple, Red Alder, Cherry Birch, White Ash, Eastern Red Cedar, Tamarack, Amur Maackea, Dawn Redwood, White Pine, Black Locust, White Willow, Northern White Cedar, Basswood, Eastern Hemlock, American Elm as well as all the trees listed under "nuts".
Our catalouge lists and describes in depth all the plants we offer."
It's worth noting that their catalogue has in depth info on each plant and is quite extensive. It can be downloaded on their site as well.
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