Introducing our perennials and nursery manager:


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Meet Sandy! Sandy is our Nursery Manager and perennials expert here at Nagelkirk Gardens. She’s a plant lady at her core, with over 25 years of experience caring for perennials, trees, and shrubs. 


You may not know it, but each perennial at Nagelkirk Gardens was started from seed by Sandy, herself. Last year, she successfully grew over 20,000 perennials! Chances are, if you have a beloved bleeding heart bush or hostas that say ‘hello’ to you year after year, Sandy was the one who nurtured that plant until it found its way into your yard. 


With nurturing care, like Mother Earth herself, Sandy sees that each plant in the nursery grows and thrives - their health is her success, after all. She starts her day early, listening to the birds sing their morning songs. Then she moves into the nursery greenhouse to check on the seedlings and tend to their needs. Though growing perennials from seed takes a lot of love and dedication, Sandy works hard to make sure they’re ready when the time comes to add them to your shopping cart.


We love talking to Sandy about everything from the marvels of living in the Upper Peninsula to sharing tales from our gardens. Sandy is the type of person you could just listen to all afternoon. If you take a stroll through the perennial nursery this year, you’ll probably be able to spot Sandy in her sunhat, watering the sprouts and sharing stories from the soil. 

When Sandy isn’t caring for plants in our nursery, she’s out feeding her sense of wonder by following a two-track just to see where it goes. 


If you would like to reach Sandy to talk about perennials, shrubs, or trees, give our home store a call at (906) 228-7441 and leave her a message.