Martin Stern has nurtured a life-long interest in nature and gardening. Including living in southern England in 1987 where he studied with world-reknown garden designer and writer John Brookes.

Since that time Martin has designed gardens big and small throughout the upper midwest and northeast. He seeks simplicity of intention, architectural interest and diverse multi-seasonal planting schemes in his work. Each garden has a separate and distinct personality. The gardens at Squire illustrate his design philosophy.

"Our 25th year in business in Afton, Minnesota–
Looking back, I am amazed at how quickly the years have passed."
Squire House owners Richard Meacock and Martin SternSquire House dogs                                                                                                                                                                      OUR DOGS - ZELDA & BRUNO

The plan for Squire House Gardens was born during travels to England back in the 1980s, inspired by the enticing small shops visited throughout Britain.

After renovating the house and grounds, we opened the doors to the business that became Squire House Gardens in May 1991. It has now been twenty-five years and the gift shop, plant nursery and gardens have become a true destination. We offer landscape design services and horticultural advice as well as hosting events throughout the year.
Leonora the Squire House cat
Things are changing with a new generation of customers and we look forward to trying innovative ideas as we plan ahead for the next twenty years.
Squire House co-owner Martin Stern

Richard Meacock

Tulips in the spring garden at Squire House

Richard Meacock was born and raised in England, where he learned to mow lawns and trim hedges to the exacting standards expected by his father.

Needless to say this nearly killed off any love of gardening. In fact his fondness for gardens returned when he came to live in America.

He can now be seen mowing and trimming the extensive lawns and hedges at Squire House. As well as building the arbors, pergolas and clematis towers that are a hallmark of the gardens, Richard is also a full time teacher at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul.

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