26 Nov 2014

Introducing the Pistils Nursery Web Shop

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Introducing the Pistils Nursery Web Shop

A little over a year ago, we started the Pistils Nursery Web Shop to share our favorite creations and discoveries from our small Portland, Oregon-based nursery with people from around the world. With just 10 products, our little nursery opened its doors to the world wide web with the hope that we could help folks […]

20 Nov 2014

How To Force Bulbs for Indoor Blossoms

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How To Force Bulbs for Indoor Blossoms

Let’s face it; this time of year, no matter how many windows you may have, it’s hard to keep the home bright. Since the sun is setting before 4:30 PM on our gray Portland days, we figured this would be a good time to share one of our favorite tricks to add a little indoor […]

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 […]

22 Oct 2014

Ideas for a Rainy Day in Oregon

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Ideas for a Rainy Day in Oregon

They call it the Pineapple Express — not the Judd Apatow comedy film, but rather the flood of rain that hits the Pacific Northwest this time of year. Known as an “atmospheric river,” the Pineapple Express has its origins in the typhoons of the Pacific islands, where a combination of warm temperatures, high humidity and […]

15 Oct 2014

Make Your Own Kokedama String Gardens

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Make Your Own Kokedama String Gardens

We’re fascinated by Kokedama String Gardens, those mystical floating moss balls that somehow contain live, growing plants. Sitting on a coffee table, hanging in a sunny kitchen window, or cascading above a clawfoot tub, we love Kokedama for their simplicity and versatility: they’re ideal for small spaces, live for years, and never have to be […]

2 Oct 2014

Fall Houseplant Care: Indoor Garden Tips

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Fall Houseplant Care: Indoor Garden Tips

Fall is in the air. Here in Portland, that means it’s cool and damp, and we’re bringing out our coziest wool flannels and sweaters to keep warm. As the leaves are changing outside, your indoor garden is feeling the onset of fall as well. Just as you’re changing your wardrobe, so too do you have […]

25 Sep 2014

Fall Container Planting: Landscape Design Tips

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Fall Container Planting: Landscape Design Tips

For most, fall conjures images of colored foliage and falling leaves, of crisp winds and gentle rains, of hot tea and cozy couches–everything but gardening. However, while spring is certainly a great season for gardening, fall provides a surprisingly ideal time for planting. Why Fall Container Planting? Here in the Pacific Northwest, fall brings the […]

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 […]

4 Sep 2014

Tracking Tropical Plants: A Trip to Southwest Mexico

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Tracking Tropical Plants: A Trip to Southwest Mexico

Ever wish you could see how your favorite tropical plants grow in their native environs? Jesse, Pistils’ resident tech guy and self affirmed plant geek, recently had the opportunity to do just that on a trip to southwestern Mexico. Based out of the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas in the highlands of […]

1 Sep 2014

Web Shop Photoshoot: Behind the Scenes

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Web Shop Photoshoot: Behind the Scenes

It was 90 degrees, the sun was blaring, and all hands were on deck for our two-day web shop photoshoot. In response to enthusiasm over our web shop, and requests for more product availability, we’ve decided to greatly expand the breadth of our online offerings, and what better way to celebrate great products than with […]

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