When James Hanselman of Hanselman Landscape needed containers for young nursery stock, he commissioned Jeff Hershey, his friend and a neighboring wood craftsman, with a sustainable option: build the new “grow boxes” from trees that had been removed from a nearby property.

“In keeping with our traditional hand-crafted approach in every aspect of garden care, it seemed fitting that we find a local craftsman to help us build these boxes,” smiles Hanselman.

The photos below show the full-circle journey from live trees, through the milling and assembly processes at Jeff’s lumber mill and workshop, to the final stage–as life-support structures in which saplings can receive nourishment and nurture in the Hanselman Landscape nursery, until they are ready for installation in client gardens.

Gladly shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener’s wife