Twin Orchards Nursery in Shorewood expands to retail

Day lilies at Twin Orchards Nursery May 7 in Shorewood are one of nearly 400 varieties now being sold to retail customers. The business previously only sold to nurseries, landscapers and professional gardeners. (Sun staff photo by Chris Dillmann)
Day lilies at Twin Orchards Nursery May 7 in Shorewood are one of nearly 400 varieties now being sold to retail customers. The business previously only sold to nurseries, landscapers and professional gardeners. (Sun staff photo by Chris Dillmann)

More than 400 types of perennials available

A new option to buy plants at a familiar place in South Lake.

Twin Orchards Nursery in Shorewood is opening its land to retail sales of its more than 400 varieties of perennials and more than 40 varieties of flowering shrubs.

Prior, Twin Orchards Nursery sold to other nurseries, landscapers and professional gardeners. Yet, co-owner Jerod Fehrenbach and Alan Brandhorst say it was time to grow their business – literally – and said retail was the obvious next step for them.

“We’re looking for new ways to expand and do some different things,” Fehrenbach said. “It’s a little bit of a niche market, but it’s worked really well for us.”

Blooming heart flowers are among the more colorful offerings at Twin Orchards Nursery, which specializes in plants native to Minnesota. (Sun staff photo by Chris Dillmann)
Blooming heart flowers are among the more colorful offerings at Twin Orchards Nursery, which specializes in plants native to Minnesota. (Sun staff photo by Chris Dillmann)

The retail portion of the business opened Mother’s Day weekend, and Fehrenbach says it will provide a nice change of pace.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of something new and a little different,” he said.

Looking to rebound after a couple slow growing seasons, Fehrenbach said it could have been worse. The nursery has been around since the ‘80s, and has been family owned from the get-go. Like so many small businesses, the owners say it’s not all about glitz and glam, but instead about being able to offer people varieties at a price they can’t find other places.

“It’s not a flashy nursery by any means,” Fehrenbach said. “People are more than welcome to come by and pick through what we have to offer.”

Fehrenbach says the business began supplying hostas and day lilies. From there it blossomed into a little bit of everything perennial-wise.

“Four-hundred (varieties) doesn’t even scratch the surface,” Fehrenbach said. “There are still a lot of varieties out there.”

(Sun staff photo by Chris Dillmann)
(Sun staff photo by Chris Dillmann)

Fehrenbach says perennials were once a smaller market, but since the number of hybrids with more vibrant colors and weather resistance have emerged, it’s a market that has expanded throughout the years.

“That’s a market that’s really taken off – hybridizing different perennials, especially natives; people love natives,” he said.

Natives are popular Fehrenbach says because they are more acclimated to the climate instead of being grown in California to live in Minnesota, for instance.

“It makes a difference in the hardiness of our plants,” Fehrenbach said. “They generally last much longer in someone’s garden around here.”

Because of the extensive selection, Fehrenbach says they encourage people to ask questions and browse liberally.

“We can always help them out with some ideas and help them find what they need,” Fehrenbach said. “We love what we do, and we want to pass that along to the people.”

Since spring 2013 sprung late, Fehrenbach says they are hoping to get some good growing weather to possibly catch up.

“We are hoping for a pretty good string of warm weather and we should be good to go,” he said.

Providing a casual and quiet place to shop, the nursery’s operators say they want to make sure they are courteous of their neighbors.

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