From the beginning, our aim has been to create a garden shop unlike any other in Portland, Oregon. Our nursery contain a purposefully selected collection of flora — like hardy natives, ornamental perennials, trees, shrubs, and organic veggie starts — and fauna — red wiggler composting worms, mason bee boxes, and our flock of bantam chickens — to add life and color to your landscape.
THE OUTDOOR NURSERY
Offering a distinctive selection of plants that perform well in our unique Pacific Northwest climate and expert advice for their care and maintenance is the heart-and-soul of the Pistils Nursery vision.
From tried and true perennials, to hardy natives and gorgeous ornamentals, our outdoor nursery appeals to amateur gardeners and connoisseurs alike. As our climate affords us the ability to grow food nearly all year-round, we also offer a wide array of edibles — vegetable starts and seeds, bare root stock, fruits trees and more. We show our support for local farms and growers by sourcing the vast majority of our plants from a carefully selected group Willamette Valley nurseries.
We carry vegetable, herb and flower seeds with a focus on organic and heirloom varieties, plus bulbs and cover crops. In addition to bags of soil and compost, several soil blends and basic soil amendments are available by the scoop in our bulk bins to ensure the success of your new plants. Our limited line of specialty garden tools–such as Hori Hori knives, brass plant misters, and Felco tools–help you cultivate and maintain your new plants.
RED WIGGLER WORMS
Worm compost, or “vermicompost,” is one of the most nutrient-rich organic material available for the garden. Red wiggler worms, or Eisenia fetida, are known for their ability to process food scraps into the very best vermicompost available. We propagate and harvest red wiggler worms from our large in-house worm bin and sell them by the pound year-round. Contact us in advance to check the availability of red wiggler worms and get started making your very own “black gold.” Worm castings can be added directly to your garden for a nutrient boost, or steeped to make “worm tea” liquid fertilizer.
THE PISTILS CHICKENS
Visit our flock of exotic bantam chickens, and chat with our landscape design team about the Pistils Metro Coop, recently honored on Houzz. We no longer offer baby chicks for sale, but continue the tradition of hosting annual “Pullet Days” during spring and summer months, where you can pick up started birds to begin or supplement your flock.
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