I love introducing new gardeners to a great nursery they’ve never heard of, even better when they make the trek and later tell me how impressed they were — usually with tales of many plants bought. Such is the case with Secret Garden Growers, its name is apropos.
Located just outside Portland, in Canby, and part of the Cascade Nursery Trail: “Secret Garden Growers is a dream come true for owner Patricia Thompson who shares almost 40 years of combined experience with her husband Bill in horticultural pursuits.”
More from their website: “Secret Garden Growers is a country nursery specializing in perennials, ornamental grasses and other delectable plant treasures — direct from the grower to collection of garden worthy subjects sure to please even the most discriminating plant lover! Our goal is to fill the niche of providing special plants for gardens.” I can tell you not only are the plants at SGG first rate but Patricia is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.
I visited a couple of weeks ago, on a mission to purchase a pair of Coniogramme intermedia ‘Yoroi Musha’ (Asian Bamboo Fern — because Patricia bought a couple and I fell in lust) but I was also curious what else I would discover.
Like all great nurseries there’s a display garden abutting the sales area. Erica arborea, I believe?
Dicliptera suberecta, one of these came home with me.
And in case you’re wondering, I did find the Coniogramme intermedia ‘Yoroi Musha’ I was after, isn’t it fabulous?