Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery was founded by Susan Tantsits and Louise Schaefer in August, 2003.  The nursery has been certified as a Way Station for Monarchs by Monarchwatch.org, and also as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  Edge of the Woods is a certified Woman Owned business.  Edge of the Woods has helped create over 20 habitat gardens throughout the Lehigh Valley,  has overseen the conversion of a 20 acre cornfield to wildlife habitat, and assists with  ecological restoration projects throughout the greater Lehigh Valley.


Sue&LouiseLouise Schaefer has a B.S. in biology from Lehigh University, is a PA Certified Horticulturist and has served on the Advisory Board for Penn State Cooperative Extension as well as on the board of Stonehedge Gardens, Tamaqua PA.

Susan Tantsits has over 20 years experience helping home-owners incorporate native plants in their landscapes.  She serves on the Floral Design and Greenhouse Management Occupational Advisory committee of Lehigh Career and Technical Institute and is an advisor to the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.  She has a B.S. in Education from Bloomsburg University, and a B.S. in Horticulture from Temple University, and is a Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist.


Our 2016 Staff 

We are pleased to introduce our staff for the 2016 season.  We have several full-time staff members in our Services division, which designs, installs and maintains native landscapes.  Liz Stauffer, Landscape Services Manager keeps things humming along in this department.  A graduate of the Longwood Program, Liz holds a degree in Environmental Science.  She is again ably assisted by Steve Fry, an experienced plantsman and propagator, and Heather Waber and avid gardener.

The nursery staff includes 3 full time  and two part-time staff.  This year we introduce Donna Larsen, Nursery Manager, who holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science and comes to us with a variety of experience in the field and in nurseries.  She is assisted by Brian Hoffman and Adam Roberts.  MaryEllen Snyder and Denise Bertsch return to us again this year, helping out with retail customer service.   Joe Castagnola assists with our potting operations and Jeff Kline, Facility Manager,  helps make our fuzzy visions come true and, once they are realized, keeps them in good working order.

FRONT: Liz Stauffer, MaryEllen Snyder,Sue Tantsits, Denise Bertsch and Heather Waber   BACK: Louise Schaefer, Jeff Kline, Brian  Hoffman, Donna Larsen, Adam Roberts, Joe Castagnola

FRONT (LtoR): Liz Stauffer, MaryEllen Snyder, Sue Tantsits, Denise Bertsch and Heather Waber BACK (LtoR): Louise Schaefer, Jeff Kline, Brian Hoffman, Donna Larsen, Adam Roberts, Joe Castagnola and Steve Frey



  • Hawk Mountain
  • Lehigh Gap Nature Center
  • Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association
  • Pennsylvania Native Plant Society
  • Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture


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Community Partnerships

The nursery is working with the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in replanting the Kittatinny Ridge with native plants. LGNC is a non-profit conservation organization located in Slatington, PA, at the foot of the Kittatinny Ridge. Their mission is to preserve wildlife and habitat through conservation, education, and research for the benefit of the earth and all its inhabitants.