The Pistils Nursery Story

Pistils Nursery was founded in 2001 in Portland, Oregon, with a vision of bringing unusual and inspiring plant life into our daily experiences and enriching our connections to the natural world. Our flagship store on Mississippi began with a focus on organic outdoor ornamentals, composting, and urban farming. With the rise of gardening and houseplant movements, our vision grew to encompass indoor tropicals and botanical oddities. We grew new roots in NW Portland's Slabtown neighborhood in 2019 when we opened the doors to our second brick & mortar.

Over the last two decades, Pistils Nursery has become a trusted resource for interior designing with houseplants, as well as indoor plant education and care. We love learning about the adaptations that make each plant unique, special, and able to thrive in specific conditions.

Our mission continues to be guided by our belief that there is a plant for every person. We strive to reduce our carbon footprint and to work with artisans to support small businesses.

Pistils is a woman-owned, mother-owned business. Our name is a continued homage to our origin story, celebrating the pistil—the female reproductive part of a flower.

Owner Mégan Twilegar had the dream of bringing a slice of nature into the city. Inspired by the shoe-box structures and false fronts of the West, she and her sister built a tiny storefront in an empty lot on Mississippi Avenue in 2001. This was the seedbed for a nursery like no other, an outpost for urban farming and cultivating a greener lifestyle. Since its inception, Pistils Nursery has achieved national recognition for its amazing design and commitment to unusual and amazing plants.

Sharing the gift of plants since 2001