Whenever I drive south, be it on Interstate 5 or a side road, I look around at the countryside I find myself filled with such pride to live in a region with so many growers, wholesalers and nurseries. I am actually driving along in my car grinning from ear to ear at the idea of it…they are everywhere; we are plant rich here in Oregon!
For week two of my “Support Your Independent Nursery Month” posts I want to highlight the hundreds of nurseries all over the state of Oregon. The Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) publishes a map which shows the location of member retail nurseries (not all Oregon retail nurseries are OAN members). I’ve got a couple of these in my car, just in case I have a nursery emergency (they can happen!). If you’re visiting the state and you want to arrive with your own copy you can get one, for free, by clicking here. They also have an interactive map on their website here and a list of public gardens in the state, here. Go OAN! Several of these wonderful nurseries have already signed up as contributing nurseries on plant lust, someday we hope to have them all on board! I would have loved to get out on the road and visit some obscure places to report on the nurseries, but lack of free time, and the fact that my car has been in the shop, kept me from doing so. Instead below I offer you an index of my previous Oregon independent retail nursery travels, in alphabetical order and linked to my most current post on that nursery. Meanwhile these photos were all taken at Cistus Nursery, where they’re having their annual “tough love” parking lot sale, with incredible prices, I had to go! (borrowed my husband’s car). The sale goes on all through the fall and as they say…go early and go often!...“Clearance sale highlights include: Everything! Our now traditional purging of odds and ends, excess crops, and various creatures slightly bruised and battered... some not so slightly... most interesting, many useful, and all very inexpensive! The sale begins on Saturday, October 1st at 10am and will continue through the fall as we'll continue to add to it throughout the course of fall cleaning. Come early and often!"
Get the idea this is a sale not to be missed? You're right!
Now on with the nursery visits...click on the name of the nursery to go along on my most recent trip to that nursery. Some of these are from my early days of blogging (April 2009), and some from just the last couple of weeks...
Al's Garden Center - Woodburn
Bauman's Farm & Garden
Dennis 7 Dees - Cedar Hills
Dennis 7 Dees - Powell Blvd
Fry Road Nursery
Hughes Water Gardens
Joy Creek Nursery
L & S Gardens and Little River Nursery
Larsen Farm Nursery
Portland Nursery Division Street
Portland Nursery Stark Street
Rare Plant Research
The Gardener's Choice
They say fall is a great time to plant (gives those roots a chance to get established when the ground is still warm and there is plenty of moisture ahead). So if you're in the Portland area please get out there and support these nurseries!
Here are a couple more photos from around Cistus the day of my visit (these plants are not part of the Tough Love sale)...