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We are not able to arrange for order pick-up at the Nursery. Unfortunately, we cannot make exceptions - all orders are shipped.
Here in central Wisconsin, our plants are ready to ship in April. In order to guarantee plant survival during shipment, we ship plants during two “shipping-periods” a year, when the weather is “not to hot, not too cold.”
SPRING PLANT SHIPPING:
In the spring, we ship plants from mid-April until early June.
FALL PLANT SHIPPING:
In the fall, we ship plants from mid-September until early October.
We ship Seeds year-round. Seed orders are always shipped within a week of your order being placed. An exception to this is the last two weeks of December when we are closed for the holidays.
50 years ago, one of the first nurseries to grow and sell native plants sprang to life in rural Wisconsin. Founded by Bob (J.Robert) Smith, a retired DNR employee, Prairie Nursery began as a garden on a half-acre plot. Inspired by the native wildflowers and grasses growing around his farm, Bob began experimenting with Lupine and Butterflyweed, teaching himself how to propagate and grow prairie plants. During this time – at the height of the environmental movement of the 1970's – Neil Diboll was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he was studying Environmental Science. Read the story of our beginnings here …
Back in the day, ‘mail order nursery’ meant that orders actually came to us through the mail – on a printed order form if we were lucky! Prairie Nursery was the first mail order nursery dedicated exclusively to native plants, and that led to opportunity for innovation. The 80s were a time for breaking new ground.