|Hosta ‘Ripple Effect’, Sebright Gardens|
Four garden writer friends and I challenged ourselves to visit all seven in one day. Actually, I don’t recommend it because (1) you aren’t able to properly savor the experience at each nursery, i.e., investigating and buying plants and meeting the owners and (2) we found it impossible to do. Regrettably, we had to call and cancel our visit to one of the nurseries; even then we barely made it to six of them. Leaving Wilsonville at 8:30am to head to our first nursery, we didn’t return until 6:30pm (but we did return with a car load of plants!). My recommendation? Make it a two-day journey. You’ll be able to linger when inspired to do so.
Several of the nurseries have extensive display gardens that make it worth a visit: Sebright Gardens, Secret Garden Growers, and Wild Ginger. Out in the Garden Nursery is expanding their display garden around three groves of heritage Oregon White Oaks and intend to offer it as an event site when the gardens are more fully established.
|‘Irish Orange’ Heath|
|Heather ‘Nana Compacta’|
Heaths, on the other hand, include Erica and Daboecia and can bloom at different times of the year and the leaves tend to roll under at the edges. I was smitten with Erica x stuartii ‘Irish Orange’ with it’s orange and yellow new growth and Calluna vulgaris ‘Nana Compacta’ with its bun-like habit.
|Designer Lisa Meddin provides |
scale for the huge Tibetan Lily
|Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' |
always lights up the garden
|Hundreds of hostas at Sebright Gardens|
|So may beautiful plants |
it’s hard to choose
Had everything gone according to schedule, we would have visited Nowlens Bridge Perennials. The nursery specializes in woodland plants, shade perennials, shrubs and garden trees. They have an open house planned for June 16 and 17, so that might be a good time for a visit. They also are open by appointment.
|Shade selections at |
Out in the Garden Nursery
|A growing display garden|
|A Pacific Coast iris selection|
|A dense mat of Raoulia australis|
To read accounts from my nursery tour companions, click here and here and here.
Do you have a favorite nursery that is a must see?