NOTE: This post was updated March 2021 with the most updated information related to COVID-19 policies.
‘Tis the season for gardening, landscaping and working on DIY projects to enhance our outdoor spaces! And while we all know there are plenty of big box stores in our midst, there’s nothing like sourcing your gardening supplies, from plants to gardening tools, from a locally owned business.
Take a look at the best garden centers and nurseries in the Portland area, including both urban garden centers in the heart of the city and expansive nurseries situated on a farm. They vary in size, selection and location, but all share a love for gardening — and helping their customers find the right plants and supplies for their yard and specific needs.
Al’s Garden & Home is a third generation owned-and-operated business with multiple locations throughout the region, including their flagship 10.5-acre garden center in Sherwood, a 6-acre garden center in Woodburn, a full-service garden center in Gresham, and their newest location, a 3.5-acre garden center, in Wilsonville. It is the largest full-service independent garden center in the Willamette Valley. Al’s offers an extensive selection of plants, plant care essentials, garden accessories, outdoor furniture and home decor.
Photo Courtesy of Portland Nursery
When Portland Nursery opened their doors in 1907, horse-drawn carriages outnumbered cars — but people everywhere were gardening, just like they are now. Today, the nursery operates out of two locations in Southeast Portland. You will find a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, natives, annuals, grasses, herbs and houseplants, plus everything for healthy, happy plants including tools, amendments, furniture and pottery.
At this time, Portland Nursery requires all customers to wear a face mask and practice social distancing while shopping. They have taken extensive measures to ensure a safe experience, which can be found on their website.
Birds & Bees Nursery is a small, women and Black-owned neighborhood nursery with a wonderful selection of plants and garden supplies in an indoor and outdoor space. They are dedicated to selling locally sourced, sustainable products for the urban garden. The owners are Portland natives who appreciate the beauty of the Northwest natural landscape and love helping customers incorporate native and climate hardy plants into their gardens.
At this time, the indoor shop area is closed to the public but the outdoor area at Birds & Bees is open for walk-in shopping. For no-contact, prepaid pickup orders, call 503-788-6088.
Previously known as Kordell’s Garden Center, Stafford Ridge Nursery in West Linn still has everything you loved about Kordell’s: quality, locally grown plants, including annuals, perennials, herbs, veggie starts, shrubs, native fruit trees and ornamental trees. Plus, they carry a large selection of outdoor pottery!
Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Wright via Farmington Gardens
Farmington Gardens is a family-owned garden center tucked away in the fertile Willamette Valley. Established in 1994, Farmington Gardens has evolved from a small roadside booth into a comprehensive garden center, with two locations — in Hillsboro and Beaverton. They offer a wide range of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees, many of which are grown on the fields surrounding the nursery.
At this time, both locations are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Protective face coverings are required while shopping and social distancing must be practiced. They are limiting the number of customers allowed to shop at one time.
If you need anything, like plants or supplies for a water feature in your yard, look no further than Hughes Water Gardens in Tualatin. They carry koi fish, water feature supplies and plants for in and around water features, and are happy to answer any of your questions. Not to mention, this beautiful garden center is a peaceful place to spend an afternoon!
At this time, Hughes is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are requiring masks inside the store area. If you are more comfortable, they are providing curbside pickup and orders can be placed over the phone.
Tony’s Garden Center is a family-owned and -operated nursery with three locations in the area, including Portland, Happy Valley and Damascus. Since opening in 1989, founders Abe and Barbara have had a passion for offering fresh and healthy plants to their neighbors and customers. Today, both of their sons remain active in the business. At Tony’s, you’ll find a wide range of annuals and perennials, trees and shrubs, edibles, and herbs, plus all the garden supplies you’ll need.
At this time, Tony’s is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for both curbside pickup and in-person shopping.
Nestled in the West Hills of Portland on the Blatter family’s fourth-generation farm, Cornell Farm is a local, family-owned garden center providing the Northwest with the finest plants since 1987. They are known for their extensive collection of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, edibles, natives and houseplants, plus a thoughtfully curated collection of pots, statuary and fountains, gardening tools and other supplies. Not to mention, Cornell maintains a strong commitment to community and environmental stewardship.
At this time, Cornell Farm is open with a number of safety precautions in place, including signage directing a flow of traffic, a maximum number of shoppers in buildings, social distancing, etc. They are also offering online shopping and curbside pickup! Click here for a comprehensive list of their policies and procedures.
Pistils is more than a nursery; they are an experience. Since 2001, they have provided the Portland community with sanctuaries of green within the city in the form of conservatory-style oases. Pistils offers a wide selection of indoor and outdoor plants and all the supplies needed to properly care for and display them. The expert staff is ready to help you find the perfect plant for your indoor or outdoor sanctuary at home.
Both their flagship and Slabtown locations are open for business at this time. More information about their updated hours and protocol can be found here.
Pomarius Nursery is inspired by owner Peter Lynn’s roots in Belgium and the South of France, as reflected in the stock of boxwood, witty topiary shrubs, textural plants and architectural objects. The grounds are abundant with design inspiration and surprises, including Northwest native plants, succulents and perennials. Plants are presented in thoughtful groups to inspire the gardener with new ideas and possibilities.
At this time, Pomarius is open to walk-ins with a maximum of 30 customers at a time. A number of guidelines and procedures are in place, including distancing, face coverings, and more. Read the full list of rules on their website before your visit to Pomarius.
Photo Courtesy of Xera Plants Inc.
Xera Plants Shop is a garden center in Ladd’s Addition offering climate-adapted plants tailored to the Pacific Northwest region. They are offering a unique and viable alternative to the water-intensive gardening aesthetic. Xera carries a selection of plants that are adapted to dry conditions during the growing season and will thrive on little to no irrigation.
At this time, Xera is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To place an online order, use the Website Availability List at the top of their home page to place orders by email, and your order will be confirmed as soon as possible. Their current availability goes up on Tuesdays. They are limiting entry into the shop to 8 people, who must wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Situated in Southeast Portland, One Green World is a family-owned nursery and garden center specializing in all things edible, including fruit trees and shrubs, berries, vines, unique citrus, nut trees, vegetables, and more. Their expert staff is available for questions and advice on plants, plant care and gardening techniques.
At this time, they are maintaining their regular shipping schedule and their retail location is currently open for online in-store pickups and limited browsing. Simply peruse the inventory on One Green World’s website and choose to have your items shipped or select “in-store pickup” during checkout.
Dennis’ 7 Dees has anything you might need in the garden department, including plants, flowers, gardening supplies, pots, home decor, gifts and more. Plus, Dennis’ 7 Dees offers landscaping services and guidance for small projects to large-scale garden upgrades. They operate out of four locations in the region, including Portland, Lake Oswego, Tigard and Seaside.
At this time, Dennis’ 7 Dees is restricting access to their main office. Otherwise, all locations are open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily for on-site shopping. If you’d prefer, you can shop for plants and products on their online store and arrange for curbside pickup or delivery. For the most updated information about each Dennis’ 7 Dees location, click here.
Photo Courtesy of The Garden Corner
The Garden Corner in Tualatin is an unassuming nursery filled with uncommon plants, custom hanging baskets, and a number of gardening supplies. They specialize in making your garden your own with unique hanging gardens and containers; in fact, The Garden Corner is known for their beautiful hanging baskets packed with color and beauty.
The Garden Corner is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with social distancing practices in place. You can shop their selection of plants online as well!
Let us know what garden centers and nurseries in the Portland area we’re missing out on! Comment below with your favorite(s).