SHIN-BOKU: (n) Japanese. (shin-bo-kooh) "Specimen Tree"; "Principal Tree"
At Shin-Boku Nursery we follow a 1500+ year tradition of Japanese garden tree trimming — our trees are trimmed and guided to grow in a style consistent with this legendary art form. Our trees are carefully selected to be hardy in our northern New England's notorious winters. If it thrives here, it will thrive wherever you are!
We also specialize in landscape design services. We will custom design and build your Japanese Garden for you, making the best use of your desires and your site.
Come by for a visit. We would love to show you our extensive offering of trees. Take a stroll in our Stroll Garden for some inspiration. Perhaps we can design just such a garden for you. Please call for an appointment.
Shin-Boku Nursery has its roots some forty- plus years ago in Weston, Massachusetts on some of the original Weston Nurseries property. Palmer Koelb started an eight-acre Nursery on that land, growing a general line of nursery plants, about five acres of in-ground plantings, and an acre of containerized plants. As time went on, the original Nursery "outgrew" this site and a move was made to Salisbury, NH.
This new location allowed for the establishment of Salisbury Nursery and the development and planting of about 40 acres of land. Salisbury Nursery grew, prospered to become one of the largest nurseries in New Hampshire, and was sold in 1986. At that time, Palmer moved north to Wentworth, NH and established Baker Valley Nursery, Inc. At a much smaller ten acres, most of the production now focused on dwarf, weeping, and less common needled evergreens.
The early plantings at Baker Valley were grafted conifers that were propagated in the early 1980s in Salisbury. The nursery sales, landscape design, and landscaping projects allowed financing and cultivating the trees that are now the hallmark of Shin-Boku Nursery. These Japanese Garden Trees are grown for a few years in the ground, periodically transplanted or root pruned, and then planted into large containers, some up to 5 feet in diameter. The trees of Shin-Boku Nursery are painstakingly trimmed to produce a shape and personality consistent with the finest trimmed trees found in Japanese gardens. Most of the larger trees at the Nursery are at least 25 years old.
Because Wentworth is substantially colder than most of Japan, only trees hardy here can be successfully grown. The Japanese Black Pine is and has been the primary Pine species used in Japan for trimming into Japanese Garden Trees. Japanese Black Pine cannot withstand the cold temperatures of NH; consequently, other trees which are hardy and suitable in this climate are being grown in their place. Shin-Boku Nursery has experienced -50 degrees, so you can be sure that these trees have really been cold-tested!
The trees raised at this Nursery have been carefully hand-picked and selected for their growth, characteristics, appearance, and suitability for use in fine gardens.
Please take a few minutes and peruse our site. We welcome all comments!
We are currently updating this gallery. Check back soon for updated pictures!
You are cordially invited to visit. Please call in advance if you would like a guide.603.764.9993
This section of Garden building will go on for years but at this point it is about 70% complete. It is planned that there will be two more different garden bridges and a Machi-ai, a covered resting bench, for reflection and garden viewing. One of the yet-to-be-built bridges will be an "Earthen" bridge, one of perhaps 10 in this country. Stay tuned.
Shin-Boku Nurseries offers a line of stone lanterns for your garden. Most lanterns are in stock. Delivery and setup services are available. Please call 1-603-764-9993 or e-mail Palmer for more information and viewing appointments.
Shin-Boku will work with you to create a Japanese-style garden of your own — perfectly suited to your desires, budget, and site.
Our own Stroll Garden at Shin-Boku Nursery is a showcase of some of the best techniques and features of a Japanese-style garden. For more information, please visit our Stroll Garden page or come take a stroll for some inspiration. Perhaps we can design a similar garden for you. Please call for an appointment.
The pictures below highlight some of our recent landscape projects and tree installations. Browse through them to see what we can do.
In addition to the Japanese Garden Trees available at Shin-Boku Nursery, we have available a number of 25-year-old specimen trees at the Baker Valley Nursery in Wentworth, NH.
The Baker Valley Nursery price list is currently available online. Please watch this space for more information, or contact us via email or phone (603) 764-9993.Price List
Shin-Boku Nursery is located just 30 minutes from Plymouth, New Hampshire. Come visit us a short distance up Beech Hill Road in Wentworth, New Hampshire.
From the West or Northwest
(St. Johnsbury or Barre areas)
From the Southeast or East
(Lincoln, Plymouth or Concord areas)
From the South or Southwest
(Hanover or Lebanon areas)
US Postal MailPO Box 210 Wentworth, NH 03282
Shin-Boku Nursery Location230 Beech Hill Road Wentworth, NH 03282
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