In a nutshell:
- NATIVE PLANTS are our passion.
- SEVEN DECADES of family ownership and management.
- RPM brings you better plants faster!
Wayne Lovelace is the developer of RPM. Correct seed source is one of the patented 12 steps of the root production method??.
We specialize in native plants and offer over 250 different species. Our passion for native plants began in the aftermath of the devastating freeze of ’91 and floods of ’93. We saw that it was the native plant species that survived, both in our nursery stock and those left by receding waters. Those native plants also retain soil with their deep roots and nurture wildlife with their fruit, nectar and cover. Native plants are the foundation for the evolution of Forrest Keeling Nursery to a nursery model focused on native plants, conservation and commerce.
Forrest Keeling represents nearly seven decades of research and commitment to grow superior plants that are also better for the environment. This commitment starts with our unique growing media, which supports our plants and helps build better soil where they are planted.
Wayne Lovelace, Forrest Keeling president, is the developer of the world-renowned Root Production Method® plant production system, a patented system that naturally produces faster growing, hardier plants. Finished stock includes native plants as well as ornamental shrubs, evergreens, and caliper trees up to three inches in diameter.
Our staff brings nature to you... faster!
Forrest Keeling has an annual production of over 1.5 million seedlings, liner and transplant stock in more than 200 species. This production is efficiently and economically shipped from our central U.S. location to 49 states, and across borders to Canada and countries of Europe and Asia.