"Our 27th year in business in Afton, Minnesota–
Looking back, we are amazed at how quickly the years have passed."
Squire House Gardens in Afton MN
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-seven 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. Things are changing with a new generation of customers and we look forward to trying innovative ideas as we plan ahead for the future.

Owners Martin Stern and Richard Meacock

Martin Stern has nurtured a life-long interest in nature and gardening. Including living in southern England in 1987 where he studied with world-reknowned 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.

Martin enjoys garden writing and creating presentations on a variety of topics of horticulture, as well as gardens he has enjoyed in his travels. He conducts winter presentations for the public at Squire House Gardens. He is a speaker and is available for group presentations.

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 the design force behind many creative endeavors at Squire House including the beautiful planters on the premises, the fountains, patio pool and koi fish. His paintings have been featured in art shows at Squire House over the years and some are on view in the shop. Richard is a former educator, now retired from his teaching career at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul.



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