All About the Schalow Garden Center
Nicholas Peter is Garden Center Manager at Schalow’s Nursery, and Marissa Nechuta is Assistant Manager. The nursery was founded in 1965 by Dave & Carole Schalow and is now owned and operated by Gordy & Mark Schalow. Nick has been at Schalow’s two years full-time following a two year college internship. Marissa learned about Schalow’s from Nick while both were attending UW-River Falls. She worked as an intern at Schalow’s for three summers and was just hired as Assistant Manager in January following her college graduation. Marissa explained that Schalow’s is actually two entities: The Nursery & Garden Center is one and Contracting is the other. Contracting will do landscaping design and maintenance, both residential and commercial. But the two sides of the business feed off each other. The Nursery grows all the plants needed by the Contracting side.
Nick described the new Garden Center building that opened in April of 2016. Schalow’s went from 400 sq. ft. to 6,000 sq. ft. of retail space. Although starting out focusing only on gardening, they soon discovered that Marshfield needed a place to buy home and garden décor items. They also have fountains, benches, and statuary. Nick says they are always listening to customer suggestions and says if they don’t have it, they will find it.
The actual Nursery covers has over two acres of plants and hard goods. Their focus is trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. Hard goods include mulch, decorative stone, and soil. The nursery is open from April through December. They bring in their woody stock from local nurseries, but they plant their own perennials, some 10,000 this year. Certain plants are available on a seasonal basis with “Bud in Bloom” and annuals in Spring, mums, kale & grasses in Fall, and trees, wreaths and roping at Christmas. They also try to educate the community about plants and surrounding landscapes. This year they will have over 60 events open to the community including classes, patio nights, ladies nights, kids crafts, and more. They also have a training day with Midstate Technical College and they offer five to seven school tours and education days a year.
Looking to the future, Schalow’s is planning a new greenhouse that will accommodate classes and events, and display new products. They are constantly updating facilities to better accommodate customers and employees, plus they are always trying to find the right balance between the garden center, the nursery and contracting.