Our story

Hi there! We're a new native plant nursery in Cleveland's North Collinwood neighborhood. We will be opening a brick-and-mortar location in spring 2023.

The three of us met in graduate school at Ohio State's School of Environment and Natural Resources. In Cleveland, we saw an opportunity to sell native plants in the city - where everyone can find them. In 2021, Julie left her environmental consulting job to start Meadow City. We had our first pop-up sales in fall 2022. We are excited to see what 2023 brings, with all three of us at the nursery in Collinwood!

Julie Slater has a master's in ecological restoration from Ohio State. She does our wild seed collection, marketing, and sales. Julie is the owner of Meadow City - for now! We plan to transition to a worker owned co-op model down the road.

Dave Tomashefski grew up birdwatching in Lakewood. His gift is finding the perfect plant for everyone! Dave currently works at the Soil, Water and Environmental Lab at Ohio State, where he also earned his master's degree. He will be responsible for the nursery’s educational programs and materials.

Alyssa Zearley brings essential growing expertise to the nursery. She has a bachelor’s in plant health management from Ohio State and did her master’s research on soil contaminants. Alyssa currently works at at Holden Forests and Gardens where she manages the nursery’s pest program. She is Meadow City's plant production manager.

Big thanks to our friend Ashley Keesling, who took most of our plant photos. Thanks to Roy Larick for letting us make a giant mess in his yard. We are also grateful to the many folks who helped us with everything from accessing wild seed to potting up plants.