Staff Picks


Please note:
While we try to carry all of our favorite plants, books and products at the Nursery, availability will vary and some items may not be in stock. If you see something below that interests you, please call ahead to see if we have it in stock. If not, we may be able to special order it for you.

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Favorite Books



“The Pacific Northwest Maritime Garden Guide” by Seattle Tilth (an approachable guide for beginning vegetable and cut flower gardeners).  A monthly guide designed for the Pacific Northwest. Available in our Garden Store.

“Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades” by Steve Solomon.  Specific to our region, informative and detailed guide for advanced food production techniques.

“Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest” by Arthur R. Kruckeberg.   “The” definitive guide for successfully identifying and growing Northwest native plants.

“Right Plant, Right Place” by Nicola Ferguson and “AHS (American Horticulture Society) Plants for Places” and “RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) Plants for Places” by DK.





“Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades” by Steve Solomon

“Classic Roses” by Peter Beales


• “Encyclopedia of Perennials” by the American Horticultural Society ~ so frequently used at the nursery that it’s held together with Duct tape


• “The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem” by Christopher Shein & Julie Thompson

• “Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture” by Toby Hemenway

• “Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales” by Marta McDowell

“Tricks with Trees: Growing, Manipulating and Pruning” by Ivan Hicks, Richard Rosenfeld, Jo Whitworth


• “Sunset Western Garden Book” and “Gardening with Native Plants” by Arthur Kruckeburg

Favorite Catalogs, Magazines and Other Resources


Mother Earth News

Organic Gardening

Favorite Websites



Favorite Plants


• Roses:

‘Jude the Obscure’ ~ wonderful fragrance and pale peach color

‘Anna Pavlova’ ~ ruffled pale pink rose with best rose fragrance ever

‘Madame Alfred Carriere’ ~ robust, fragrant, continuous blooming white climber

‘Teasing Georgia’ ~ yellow cabbage rose with old rose scent

• Lilac:  ‘Beauty of Moscow’ ~ very double, ruffled pale pink flowers

• All fragrant viburnums. Great fragrance in the spring

• Citrus ‘Meyers lemon’ ~ can use in baking and in tea….again, most wonderful scent and it blooms and fruits at the same time

• Delphinium ‘Sir Galahad’ ~ white with green eye…perfect for summer borders

• Peonies: all white peonies…single and double flowered

• Tulip ‘White Parrot’ ~ ruffled white petals with striated green at the base of the flower

• Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ ~ great summer filler in perennial borders…flowers start out green, turn white and back to green with cool fall nights. Can be used for dried arrangements in the fall.


• Decasnia ~ exotic leaves

• Azalea ‘Irene Koster’ ~ great fragrance

• Rhododendron ‘Lem’s Cameo’ ~ beautiful flower

• Maple “Eskimo Sunset’ ~ pretty varigated leaf

• Astilboides rodgersia ~ giant leaf

• Osakazuki Japanese Maple ~ great fall color


• Orchids, the weirder the better

• Ferns for the forest feel

• Palms – love the foliage textures

• Citrus – the fragrance plus you get fruit!

• All manner of edibles


•Albizia Julibrissin, Mimosa Tree, the flowers and leaves are unbeatable.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides, Dawn Redwood, I love the doughnut rings on the trunk.

Rosa Playboy, I hate the name but I love the flower and the leaf.

Blueberry, Jersey, probably the sweetest of all the blueberries with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg (seriously, try them).

All manner of Begonias.

Favorite Products and Tools


Safer Insecticidal Soap.  It’s one of the few organic insecticidal sprays that doesn’t damage the tender new growth on plants.


Old garden tools, urns, cloches, and statues. These items can make a garden seem as though it has always been in place.

More of Toni’s favorite products:  good lightweight hoses and spray nozzles, hose timers, soaker hoses, organic fertilizers, good pruners, pliable and leather gloves (if you are a rose gardener).




My Hori Hori and hula ho

Words of Wisdom:


Don’t take gardening too seriously. Enjoy yourself.


“Choosing a good plant is like choosing a good wine; the fun part is taking it home and trying it out.”