Mallards at Hensler’s

Mallard chicks hatched at Hensler Nursery

Two mallard hens have been nesting on the nursery grounds. One hen started hatching, and today at least 7 little ones are visible!

The other nest is due to hatch at any moment.

We spot mom keeping a close eye on her young as we admire from a close distance.

Summer Intern

Summer Intern learning planting Poplar seeds

Meet Josh, our summer intern! Josh is planting Hybrid Poplar cuttings, a tree which assists in removing pollutants from the soil. Our mission this summer is to help “clean up” industrial brown fields in our region, areas where industry dumped toxic chemicals into the soil. We will then replant the Poplar trees in the brown fields to restore balance in a process called phytoremediation.

Tiny Creatures

Toad sunning himself

Spring is such a great time to run into tiny creatures, like this toad getting some sun. He is hanging out on one of our gates as we are doing some field work today.

Fraser Fir Spring Planting

Fraser Fir Transplants

We plan ahead. Years ahead, in fact! Our tractor and planter are loaded to plant fragrant Fraser Fir this spring. With 7-9 years time, these sturdy transplants will become prime Christmas Trees.

Apple Trees Available

Update: 5/19/2014 9:43 AM
All apple trees have been sold. Thank you all very much for your interest.

Update: 5/19/2014 8:00 AM
Our Fuji apple trees are sold out, but we still have 2 Melrose trees!

We have nearly sold all of our apple trees this season with only 5 left. If you are interested in growing a fruit tree for many years of tasty apple-eating, let us know! We’ll sell and ship these trees to you directly.

3 Melrose apple trees. These are the old antique variety. And are excellent for cooking and eating directly off the tree.
2 Fuji apple trees. A red blushed variety, this apple is an excellent choice for fresh eating, plus they store well.

Cost: $15 per apple tree

How to get in touch
Call us at 574-867-4192 Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST
Email us at
Or send us a message on Facebook!

White Pine Seedlings Available

We have roughly 1,500 White Pine seedlings lingering in our cooler as surplus. Want to take them off our hands? We’ll sell and ship these beautiful seedlings to you directly. White Pine are a soft, long-needled pine. And they grow fast! They are grown for use in landscaping, windbreaks, within wildlife habitats, and of course for Christmas trees.

Cool fact: In the Iroquois nation the White Pine is known as the “tree of peace.”

Cost: .70 cents per White Pine seedling

How to get in touch
Call us at 574-867-4192 Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST
Email us at
Or send us a message on Facebook!

Pheasants at Hensler’s!

Ring-necked pheasant at Hensler Nursery

Friday at the Nursery: Spotted our playful Ring-necked pheasant this morning. He’s just one year old, but displays all the characteristic beautiful colors of his species, including the namesake white ring around the neck.

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