When it comes to spring shopping for plants, look no further than Shoal Creek Nursery, a steadfast Austin business known for giving helpful advice so plants can perform to their full potential.

With over 10 years of serving the community under their belt, Shoal Creek Nursery has been owned and operated by Mike and Veronica Sewell since 2007 and offers a wide variety of plants, imported pottery, water features and gardening supplies.

One of the greatest things about the nursery is the experience and knowledge of the staff, Director of Marketing Scott McCullough said.

"In addition to knowing plants, the staff also knows how to optimize their growth, what works well together, what doesn't, and where to plant certain things. There is nothing like talking to someone in person and being there among the plants, knowing and physically looking at them, saying O.K., understanding, and sitting there and talking. That's how you can really see the wealth of knowledge the staff has," McCullough said.

Staff are happy to help customers pick out the right plants, whether they are looking for a house plant, a patio or deck decoration, or landscaping assistance.

To select the perfect plant for customers, the staff must take into account a number of factors, such as how much sun the plant needs and what type of soil it requires. This type of customer service ensures each plant blooms to its fullest potential.

“Come and talk to the people who work here and learn what it’s all about,” McCullough said. “Whether you are an expert, or new to this, or somewhere in between, come and understand what it’s all about. Most people leave here and understand that it’s not like going to a typical nursery.”

McCullough said while people spend a lot of time decorating the inside of their homes, they often forget about the outside.

“When people build a home, they put a lot of time and effort into choosing colors, furniture, and the décor. They maximize the effort of designing the inside because they are going to spend a lot of time there, but they should think about the outside as well,” McCullough said. “With our help, you can develop an outdoor area where you can spend time in beauty and relaxation and make it just as enjoyable to spend time outside, even in the simplest of settings."

McCullough explained how Shoal Creek's staff can work with customers to create their own oasis, whether it's by creating a relaxing outdoor area or selecting the right houseplants.

“That's one thing COVID has taught many people, [is that] getting back to nature is extremely important. There were a lot more people at home during this time, so the nursery saw a big increase in customer traffic. We always encouraged people to make their outdoor space just as appealing as their interior space,” McCullough said. “The first impression of a cheerful happy home is from the outside, but you see too many homes that are beautiful from the inside, but haven't done much outside.”

McCullough urged Austinites to explore the unique nursery that he refers to as a "local Austin experience."

“Austinites pride themselves on unique things. The nursery truly has a local feel to it. The staff that work there are friendly and nice. It’s tucked away in a neighborhood so you don’t feel like you're in the middle of an industrial area or shopping center,” McCullough said. “The beauty of the grounds showcases that they have created this wonderful experience where you can come in and relax and enjoy the beauty.”

For more information about Shoal Creek Nursery, visit their website or stop by 2710 Hancock Drive, Austin.

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