3 Mar 2017

Finding Inspiration in the Plant Shops of Australia

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Finding Inspiration in the Plant Shops of Australia

We’re constantly on the lookout for new sources of green inspiration, and thanks to the growing plant communities on social media, we’ve been able to discover explore corners of the plant world we never even imagined. In fact, it doesn’t get much further away than Australia which, if our Instagram explorations are any indication, is […]

31 Aug 2015

Seasonal Health with Sweet Honey Farmacy: Meet the Maker

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Seasonal Health with Sweet Honey Farmacy: Meet the Maker

The changing of the seasons is here: it’s definitely still summer, since the days are long, the flowers are in bloom, and the sun is hot. But, the first rains of fall are arriving, the winds have begun to blow, and change is in the air. As the season begins to change, our bodies become […]

1 Jul 2015

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Epiphytes: A Visit to Orchídeas Moxvinquil

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Epiphytes: A Visit to Orchídeas Moxvinquil

A few weeks back, Jesse had the opportunity to visit the Moxvinquil Orchid Preserve in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. The sprawling preserve is a veritable cornucopia of epiphytic plant-life. Consisting of thousands upon thousands of rescued plants and over 600 species of tillandsia, bromeliads, orchids and ferns (and more), the preserve is […]

15 May 2015

Greenhouse Visit with Steve Buckee: Meet the Maker

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Greenhouse Visit with Steve Buckee: Meet the Maker

Plant cultivation is an art form. This artistry finds a unique expression in Steve Buckee, who owns a wholesale nursery south of Portland specializing in succulent and tropical plants. Plant obsession is practically a job requirement at Pistils, and so when a few of us were invited to visit Steve’s nursery earlier this spring, we […]

23 Feb 2015

Obsidian Wind Chimes, Sonic Sculptures: Meet the Maker

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Obsidian Wind Chimes, Sonic Sculptures: Meet the Maker

When we first laid eyes on Deborah and Richard Bloom’s obsidian wind chimes a few years back, we knew we had to bring them into our shop. You might not think of stone as resonant. Neither did we. But the sound of these chimes is truly something to behold, and each piece resonates differently. The […]

4 Feb 2015

Portland Apothecary’s Community Supported Herbalism: Meet the Maker

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Portland Apothecary’s Community Supported Herbalism: Meet the Maker

Portland Apothecary is close to our heart; this talented crew of acupuncturists, herbalists and plant lovers has been at the forefront of the local maker and traditional remedy movement, launching a seasonal Community Supported Herbalism (CSH) and consistently creating remedies that are as beautiful to use as they are to behold. As part of our […]

2 Dec 2014

Bee Local’s Damian Magista Redefines Local Honey: Meet the Maker

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Bee Local’s Damian Magista Redefines Local Honey: Meet the Maker

We’re wild about honey at Pistils: its rich taste, creamy texture and warm colors. In the quest to build our “honey wall” (6 producers, 15 varietals and counting!), we’ve tasted loads and loads of honey. What we’ve learned is that that not all honeys are created equal: the variety, both in quality and flavor, is […]

6 Nov 2014

Japanese Tie-Dye with Shibori Indigo Dye Kit

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Japanese Tie-Dye with Shibori Indigo Dye Kit

The Blue Gold. That’s how many referred to the plant-based dye, Indigo, for the hundreds of years in which it was one of the most valuable trade commodities moving from India to Europe. Indigo puts the “blue” in your blue jeans. But not true indigo — around the turn of the century, a synthetic version […]

10 Sep 2014

Favor Jewelry Trunk Show: Meet the Maker

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Favor Jewelry Trunk Show: Meet the Maker

Portland is a city of makers. From music and fine arts, to textiles and crafts, our city is rich with locally-made alternatives to mass-produced goods. In the realm of Portland-made jewelry, one of our favorite lines is Favor, who’s work we’re happy to carry in our mercantile. We’re pleased to invite you to come meet […]

8 Aug 2014

Grow Mushrooms at Home: Meet the Maker

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Grow Mushrooms at Home: Meet the Maker

The Pacific Northwest is famous for mushrooms. From the golden, aromatic Chanterelle, to the elusive, honeycombed Morel, to the fiery red Lobster Mushroom, Portlanders have unique access to some of the most prized culinary ingredients on earth. But mushroom foraging doesn’t have to end in the woods. Thanks to some dedicated fungiphiles and excellent product […]

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