Melport Meadows Landscape Nursery
We'll help you find the solutions that fit your landscaping goals.
As a growing local retail and wholesale nursery, our goal is to provide plenty of small plants that are inexpensive and easy to transport and to plant...as well as a nice selection of large landscape specimens that will make an immediate statement...and everything in between. For 2021 we have available a number of varieties of our trees from the field grown in RootMaker field bags, and a wide selection of trees grown in our root pruning pots for a strong, ready-to-take-off root system.
Many of our plants are propagated from cuttings, seed, and division right here at Melport Meadows. Other items are brought in as young stock and grown out until ready for their new home in a landscape. We also bring in finished stock to fill in the gaps.
We've added availability pages here on our website, under "Inventory". At this point, everything that we're growing is listed (this is changing continually so updates happen as we are able to keep up), but everything that is listed is not yet ready to be planted out in a landscape. Other things come in various sizes. We wish we could include sizes, numbers available, and prices...but all of this is more than we can keep up with as a small family nursery.
Our 1 gallon shrubs are priced at $8.97; 2-gallon shrubs priced at $14.97; and 3-gallons at $20.97. Evergreens and Branded/Patented plants are a few dollars more. There are also a multitude of larger plants of all types and sizes. We now have a wide selection of Proven Winners Shrubs in 3 gallon pots priced at $26.97!
We have seedling trees priced similarly to the shrubs, mid-size trees that won't break the bank, and larger trees in 7 to 25 gallon root pruning pots. There is an increasing selection of RootMaker(tm) trees from the field awaiting new homes, and some others in plastic that we bring in as needed to round out the selection. Check out our varieties in the tab under "Inventory".
We also have a huge and growing selection of perennials, including ornamental grasses, daylilies, hosta, and peonies. Quart Perennials and Herbs at $3.97, Half Gallon Perennials/Herbs at $4.97, and Gallon Perennials/Herbs at $5.97; 2 Gallon Perennials at $6.97; Ornamental Grasses and Daylilies are $8.97 (non-patented); Proven Winners/patented varieties are more. Hosta varieties $5.97 to $13.97. Peonies are priced at $16.97.
We have all types of edibles, from fruit trees to berry plants and bushes, and from grapes to asparagus.
WE OFFER A 10% DISCOUNT ON ALL ORDERS OF $500 OR MORE.
All of this takes time (not to mention a bit of that paper green stuff!) to get new things growing. We're constantly adding new varieties. Let us know if there's something you'd like to see us offer, or if you want us to see if we can find for you.
Melport Meadows Landscape Nursery: Our Growing Methods
Most of our trees and shrubs are being grown in above-ground root pruning bags. We've found that our growing methods are very helpful in overcoming many of the problems associated with growing plants in containers. Sometimes a tree will fail after it seems to be establishing well in the landscape. This is often due to tangled roots inside of the containers that the tree grew in. Our root pruning pots avoid this scenario. Eventually, the growing roots strangle the tree. Trees grown with root pruning methods, and from bare root field-grown stock have myriads of outwardly-facing, actively-growing root tips ready to establish themselves quickly once planted, with very little setback time.
Our larger specimen trees, many of which are available to go to their new homes now, are being grown in the field in in-ground RootMaker(TM) containers. The advantages of the above-ground containers are:
*Plants develop dense, fibrous root systems.
As roots grow out through the container they are pruned off by air contact, stimulating
many new feeder roots to develop.
*Roots cannot circle the pot.
*Better protection from winter cold.
*Keeps roots cooler in summer heat,
*Allows air and water to freely pass, helping prevent root rots.
*Plants can thrive, growing to a larger size in a smaller pot.
*Eliminates transplant shock.
*Allows a recently potted plant to be planted into a landscape without suffering from having its
roots disturbed before becoming established in the potting medium.
*Plants are poised to grow when planted in the ground, with myriads of actively growing root tips
ready to grow out into surrounding soil.
*Most (but not all) of our above-ground fabric pots are biodegradable.
*Plants in biodegradable pots can be planted without removing their containers, simplifying the
planting process. Additionally, a coiled, potbound mess does not need to be untangled before
Additional benefits of RootMaker(TM) in-ground bags are:
*Root pruning takes place by means of constriction rather than air pruning.
*Trees do not require a tree spade to harvest, and subsequently do not lose up to 90% of their root system as a result.
*Trees can be dug any time of year that the ground is not frozen, and that the tree is not making
a fast flush of new growth.
*Root balls are much lighter and easier to handle than balled-in-burlap.
Environmental Benefits of the biodegradable bags - Root Pouch(TM):
*Pots will break down in landfills.
*Made of 100% recycled materials
*Leaves a smaller carbon footprint.
*Reduces amount of plastic water bottles entering the landfills.
*Does not require one drop of new fossil fuel to create.
We began as landscapers before we were growers....beginning with community service jobs as Master Gardeners, then progressing to other farms, homes, and businesses in the area. The most well-known work that we've done is the Cashton Village Garden next to the Community Center: we invite you to take a stroll down the cobbled path and enjoy the gardens next to the community center. Visit our landscaping page for more info on our offerings.
We have a new partnership with Jordan Glanzer at Tri-State Landworks, and are now able to provide expanded services, including retaining walls, new lawns, re-grading and land drainage solutions, parking lot and driveway construction.
Our landscapers especially enjoy our "re-landscaping" niche....taking a home with overgrown foundation plantings and giving it a modern, easy-care makeover. They'll install curved, mounded beds, a couple of specimen plants and a team of supporting plants, completed with a thick layer of mulch. All of this, including removing the old plantings and a complete clean-up, is wrapped up into one simple price.
Pat Griffin is our herb grower. She has a large selection of both culinary and medicinal herbs in her own gardens, and this year will have an expanded selection of culinary herbs available here. We can put you in contact with Pat for medicinal varieties you don't see here at the nursery. She's also got "Collections In A Pot" - containers with herbs and instructions for use all in a decorative pot that would make a great gift! Check out her collections - plants for Colds and Flus or for Savory Cooking or for Starting Out With Medicinals. Pat also offers seminars on how to grow and on how to use these plants, so let us know if you're interested in getting in on a seminar!
We have several garden areas with plants labelled so you can see what specimens look like as they grow in the landscape. You are welcome to tour these ... as we have time to work on them, we continue to add gardens to display the varieties we have available. We continue to build new beds as time allows so you can see how the plants will look as they mature.
We started growing plants in Spring of 2014 and then in 2015 began offering those plants for sale here in our retail area at our farm. As we continued to do more and more landscaping jobs, we thought it would be much handier if we could grow the plants we like to use in our landscape projects rather than having to search for them. The opportunity seemed to present itself in early 2014 when Earl, Lisa's father-in-law, expressed a willingness to help her get started. Anna agreed to take over the landscaping end of things while Lisa and Earl focused on growing. This year, as Earl has reached 100 years of age, more of his support is moral, but we sure are thankful to have him around! Larry, Lisa's husband, is now also very involved in running the nursery.