Last week we drove out to Islei Nursery in Boring, OR, about 45 minutes from our home just south of Portland. It’s a wholesale grower of rare and beautiful dwarf (and regular-sized) conifers, Japanese maples, and other ornamental trees and shrubs. They sell them wholesale through professional landscapers and selected retail nurseries and garden centers throughout the United States and Canada, and the nursery is a destination for nurserymen through the hemisphere. Islei is not open to the public but we were able to visit by recommendation.
It was a beautiful clear sunny day, temperature in the high 70s when we drove out Highway 26, which is the main route to Mt. Hood from the Portland area. A few turns off that highway and there we were, surrounded by hundreds of acres of plants, mostly conifers. Wow.
The nursery has a large display garden which we walked both looking for some selections for our new landscape and for future reference. After two happy hours and hundreds of photos we wound up back at the car and headed home. Here’s some of what we saw: (click for larger image)
If you are ever in this part of Oregon and have a solid in with a nursery retailer who is an Islei customer, see if you can’t wrangle a trip to this fabulous wholesale nursery. Well worth the effort and time!