Celebrating 122 Years!
We’re employee owners, horticulturalists and hard working gardeners, but we also think of ourselves as plant farmers.
Sustainability and earth-friendly practices are not new to us or a recent initiative. Since 1897, we have been caring stewards of our growing fields, which now numbers over 1,500 acres, as well as good neighbors to the many family farms that make southern Wisconsin famous for its premium dairy products.
As the largest and oldest nursery in Wisconsin it has been our mission to produce and care for our nursery stock in the most eco-friendly way possible. This is good for you in terms of the relative value we are able to provide. We're a 100% employee owned company which means we're a company of team players that want the best for you and the plants you're purchasing. Even though we're one of the largest nurseries, you would never know by our attentive and knowledgeable staff. Our team is packed with horticulturists, landscape designers, gardeners, plant specialists, botanist, and everything between. We care about you and want to see you have a positive experience with our plants, it's that easy.
Retail Garden Center - See our plants in-person!
In January of 2016 McKay became the owner and operator of Winterland Nursery off of Fish Hatchery Road in Oregon, WI (click here for hours, location and more). If you want to see plants in person and pick them out yourself this is the place to go. Winterland has 15 acres of a wide variety of product...
- Unique evergreens
- Large and ornamental trees
- Decorartive planters & gardening accessories
- Seasonal items like hanging baskets, annuals and mums
Since McKay is a working nursery, for safety reasons, we do not allow visitors to wander our nursery fields and view plants in person unless your a pre-approved group or nursery tour. Please visit Winterland instead! We promise you won't be disappointed.
We're the first mail-order nurseries to be SANC certified (Systems Approach to Nursery Certification) across the entire nation from the National Plant Board, AmericanHort and other industry members and the USDA. What does this certification mean?
- Allows us to safeguard our plants that are grown and shipped from our facility
- It's evidence that we're meeting stringent growing, training, self-inspection and audit requirements
- It holds us to a high standard and makes our business stronger and more resilient against plant pests and diseases, changes in regulations, quarantines and the threat of stopping sales of plants
You can buy with 100% confidence in our plants because we offer a warranty on EVERYTHING you buy online. Start shopping today! Every item you purchase comes with informative instructions on planting, pruning, and a complete instructional manual of how to care for your shrub, perennial, tree or anything in between. We even offer our own delivery trucks (depending on location) to deliver your items at their prime planting season. We also do FedEx shipping nationwide (select sizes due to weight restrictions).
We have Landscape Designers, we call them our Design Pros, scattered through-out the Midwest ready to help you with your curb appeal! Find one in your area by clicking here. Our designers are some of the best in the business and are avid gardeners themselves who enjoy what they do, but are extremely skilled and detailed orientated. Read some of our customer testimonials here or see some of our residential and commercial projects here.
McKay Nursery is one of the largest and most experienced nurseries in the United States. Founded by William McKay in southern Wisconsin in 1897, McKay Nursery has been specializing in hardy, northern grown nursery stock for over 120 years. McKay Nursery is a leader in the wholesale nursery trade, providing hardy trees, shrubs, and evergreens to customers throughout the northern tier of the country, from Alaska to Maine. We sell to growers, garden centers and landscape designers. Learn more or contact our wholesale department here.
Our Eco-Friendly Buildings
Beyond energy-saving construction, insulation, and management of our production and storage facilities, we significantly reduce our energy consumption by collecting expended lubricating oil from our many machines and using it as heating fuel. But we do not stop there. Using a device designed and built by one of our owner-employees, we compress the steel oil filters, purging even more of the oil for recycling, which then allows us to recycle the filters themselves as scrap steel. This puts to economic use what would otherwise be a pollutant, which is good for the land, good for our 150+ owner-employees, and ultimately good for you as our customer.
Our state-of-the-art office system gently diverts the roof water into “rain gardens.” These are planted with flowers and other greenery that absorb rainwater rather than have it run off to pollute and scour the landscape. It also increases the amount of water that filters into the ground, recharging the local aquifer; protects our neighbors from flooding and drainage problems; protects nearby streams and lakes from stray pollutants; and provides valuable habitat for birds, butterflies, and many beneficial insects.