16 Jan Specialty Nursery Guide for Western Washington
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re smack dab in the middle of a veritable nursery nirvana. One could literally spend months touring nurseries in the region and still not exhaust the possibilities.The Specialty Nursery Guide, produced by the Specialty Nursery Association of Western Washington will help you satisfy your plant lust and your wanderlust in one fell swoop. The website and print versions of this membership-based directory have oodles of information on over 90 nurseries — mostly smaller, specialty growers. Everyone from newby gardeners to certified hort-heads are certain to find destinations of delight within their ranks.
The organization distributes 75,000 copies of the guide each year at garden shows, member nurseries and other locations around the region. Be sure to pick up your copy of the printed version of the directory at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. In the meantime, the searchable database of nurseries is available online.
One of the especially useful features on the website version of the guide is the ability to browse the member nurseries by geographic locale, organized by city – perfect for setting up a sneaky side trip on a day out & about with your unsuspecting spouse. You can also surf the nurseries by area of specialization, such as bamboo, roses, and native or aquatic plants.
Serendipity does strike, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Be sure to keep a copy of the printed guide in the glove box of your car. Wherever you might find yourself in western Washington, certainly you can find time to sneak in a nursery excursion (or two or three), can’t you?
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