As a third generation nurseryman and landscape gardener, becoming a green industry professional came naturally to Ted Sheldon. Starting as a young child Ted worked with trees and shrubs at his family's 50 acre property on the south shore of Lake Erie. By the time he was a teenager his botanical knowledge was so prolific that he often led tree identification tours for garden clubs and classes. In 1979 the land was turned over to the State of Ohio and named Sheldon's Marsh State Nature Preserve. In 2004 the site was designated an Important Bird Sanctuary by the National Audubon Society.
After graduating high school, Ted's life calling had become obvious and he attended Ohio State University, graduating in 1985 with a dual major in Landscape Construction and Nursery Management.
After graduation Ted moved to GA and has been working in the local Landscape industry ever since. His experience covers a vast array of the business including stints in residential and commercial landscaping, retail and wholesale nursery supply and growing of nursery stock.
Ted's personal home greenhouse constructed primarily with recycled window sashes.
In 2002, combining his many years' experience in the field, Ted founded E. H. Sheldon Horticulture, Inc. with the goal of offering a full array of outdoor services for homeowners and small business properties. Ted's philosophy is to build and maintain functional and innovative spaces that are practical, cost effective and most important, beautiful in their interaction of all elements included in a landscape.
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Ted is obsessed with all things horticultural. The immaculately groomed outdoor areas at his home in Brookhaven appear to be much as a botanical garden, replete with exotic species and new plant and tree introductions. Ted uses his home as a testing laboratory for later use in many of his projects. When not working his day job, sailing or attempting to play his bass guitars, Ted can usually be found working in his small nursery growing operation or propagating interesting plants in his greenhouse.