Monday, June 6, 2011
Blue sky and carefully curated plants, at Pomarius
Saturday’s warm sun and blue sky combination was the perfect backdrop for a visit to Pomarius in NW Portland. Pomarius is a nursery unlike any other in Portland. Its setting in an industrial area, (nearly) under the Fremont Bridge, is not where you expect to find topiary and chickens along with a carefully curated collection of beautiful plants. A lot has changed since my first visit two years ago. There are more small plants for sale (the first visit I saw primarily large specimens). And now things are very well tagged with name and price, no cultural information though. Looks like the makings of a greenhouse? That appeared to be glass in the crates. Wandering around the (almost) deserted nursery was perfect, as invigorating as a mini vacation. On my way home I drove by Garden Fever, “my” neighborhood nursery in NE Portland. As you would expect on a day that virtually screamed “plant your tomatoes today!” they were very busy…which a very good thing (I want them to thrive after all), but I felt fortunate to have spent my afternoon at Pomarius, a little bit of paradise in downtown Portland.