Since a very young age, Shelly Christie has had a special love for nature and growing things with her mom and grandma at her side. She didn’t realize how big of a role it would play during her adult life. After 10 years in the corporate world as a marketing professional, she turned her passion for gardening into a new career.
When Shelly started tending gardens for others, she realized there was a need in the landscaping arena not only for customized fine design, but also for the understanding of central Wisconsin growing conditions and the plants that thrive here. Shelly went on to study landscaping and design. In 2005, she started Graziano Gardens LLC, a landscape design, installation and maintenance business focusing primarily on specialty design and maintenance of gardens.
Shelly opened a retail location in 2014. With the support of her husband Scott and her boys, Sam and Jon, she took her passion to a new level. Today, her primary business is the Garden Center, sharing gardening and plant knowledge with those who also love the experience.
The country setting includes several demonstration gardens that continue to expand. Graziano Garden Center is also the home for unique daylilies hybridized by the well-known Darrel Apps. Dedicated to creating a special place to find plants, from those tried-n-true to the hard-to-find gems, Shelly hopes everyone will join her in ‘Sharing the Experience’ of gardening with a creative and artistic twist.
Shelly, Scott and their two sons, Sam & Jon live in Waupaca, WI. Their passion for old homes is seen in the historic Christie House that they lovingly restored. The gardens at the home serve as trial gardens for Shelly and the business.