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Wrightman Alpines grows thousands of species and varieties of alpine plants. Our mail order catalogue lists over 600 alpines which we ship to enthusiasts throughout Canada and the United States.

The nursery was established in 1985 in Kerwood, Ontario, where display gardens demonstrated a variety of landscaping techniques using stone as the main building material. Dry-laid stone walls and flagstone pathways along the foundation of the house, held tufa crevice gardens, and were a collaboration of Josef Halda and Harvey Wrightman’s construction. Hand-chiseled stone troughs were displayed as examples of container gardening.  Crevice gardens constructed of tufa and limestone and a backyard scree garden, formed the backdrop for a myriad of colours, texture and forms of our favorite alpine plants. Ponds and bogs added a naturalized look throughout alpine gardens.

In spring 2014 the nursery (including Esther and her family and her parents, Harvey and Irene) moved to St. Andrews New Brunswick where the land is beautiful, and the climate promising. The greenhouses and nursery stock were quickly built that summer, and the nursery was slowly restablished. Old stock plants had to be left behind in Ontario for the most part, so the planting started right away to get new material for cuttings and seeds established. 

Shortly after we had settled, Harvey was diagnosed with cancer, and although were some months of remission, and a tufa crive garden built, he passed away in December of 2016. Shortly before, he handed the reins of the nursery over to Esther. Although it was a big hurdle for her, he had prepared with almost twenty years of 'apprenticing'. 


~ Esther Wrightman ~

Wrightman Alpines Nursery has moved to St. Andrews, New Brunswick. If you'd like visit please contact us ahead of time by phone (506-529-9093) or e-mail info@wrightmanalpines.com. Thank you!