Visit to Islei

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!

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10 Responses to Visit to Islei

  1. Patti Abbott says:

    Some day I will get to Portland.

  2. Wow. I do love beautiful trees. Well, almost all of them are beautiful but these are exceptional.

  3. Richard says:

    We’d be very pleased to see you, Patti!

    Charles – this place is really a delight for anyone who loves landscape gardening

  4. Looks like my back yard!

  5. Richard says:

    Wow, George, you’ve done some work since the last picture I saw of your place. Glad the knee replacement and winning the lottery have combined to let you get out there and do some major landscaping! Heh. Which reminds me, it’s about time for an update on our own landscaping work.

  6. Carl V. says:

    Gorgeous! I bet that place would be amazing in the autumn when the leaves start to change color. Speaking of winning the lottery, if I did I’d be tempted to let someone do something like that to my back yard, but only if I could afford someone to keep it up so that I could just bask in the enjoyment of it.

  7. Yvette says:

    I would love to visit Oregon one day. I have friends there and my daughter has been on business. She loved it.

    The nursery looks like a garden of eden.

  8. Richard says:

    Yvette, Islei is wonderful, it’s shame it’s not open to the public. We were very lucky to find out about it and be invited to go. As for Oregon, it’s wonderful too, in spite of the longish wet winter (really late Fall, Winter, Spring). This is the first time I’ve lived where it snowed, or that there were frosts, so it was very difficult to wait so long to get out in the garden, planting and just doing.

  9. edremsrola says:

    Iseli Nursery is a great place to visit and filled with great folks too! Visit my blog about conifers for tons of pictures from Iseli’s photographer – mostly pics from around the display gardens there.

    Conifer Lover

  10. Richard says:

    Thanks, Ed, I’ll pop over there.

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