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If you're in the PNW, and shop local, what are your favorite nurseries? Online or in person, is great.
 
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I've purchased some great filbert trees from One Green World and berry plants. For seeds Territorial Seeds and Horizon Seeds
 
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For lots of fun and plant varieties, Flower World in Snohomish is great. For those with kids (or who just like animals and don't have any), they have a little petting zoo area--it even has albino peacocks! They have a farmers market there, too. It has a big park with water features, too, as well as lots of varieties of edible and non-edible plants. The prices aren't the most affordable--I got a fig tree there, and it was $49.99 and only maybe 2 feet tall.

I like ordering online from Burnt Ridge Nursery. Their prices are affordable, and if you're in the area, you don't have to pay shipping. You can get seedling chestnuts and haselnuts for really affordable, as well as a bunch of other edible natives.

I also like Conservation District Native Plant Sales. You usually preorder and then come to pick up the plants. Every county has one. I think some of the preorders are done, but you can stop by and buy plants during the plant sale. Very affordable, very tiny bareroot plants.
 
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Another vote for Burnt Ridge. This is the first year I've bought plants (I bought my house ~2 years ago). I need a privacy screen/windbreak on ~150 ft. of chain link fence (living on a corner is awesome), I emailed the nursery with a ton of questions, and Michael Dolan, the owner, replied with a very detailed and helpful email.

I bought bamboo and raspberries. They arrived last Friday in beautiful condition and are in the ground.

I like Adaptive Seeds as well.

Adaptive Seeds was established in 2009 by Andrew Still and Sarah Kleeger. We are a certified organic, farm based seed company near Sweet Home, Oregon. We steward rare, diverse and resilient seed varieties for ecologically-minded farmers, gardeners and seed savers. Our seed is adapted to the Pacific Northwest and other short season northern climates. We sell only public domain, open pollinated (OP) seed, as well as diverse gene pool mixes. All of our seed is grown by us or a few regional friends who help with isolation needs. If we didn’t grow it, we say who did in the variety description. For more information about our growers, see below.

NONE of our seeds are proprietary hybrids (F1), patented, PVP, or genetically modified (GMO). All of our seed is grown without chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides, and NONE of it is treated.



I hope to join local seed exchange groups in a couple of years.
 
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I’m also a fan of burnt ridge. Good prices and knowledgeable people
 
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First a disclaimer.  My main interest and focus are fruit trees, primarily apple trees, particularly heirloom cultivars.  My root stock preference for apple trees is standard or semi-vigorous options such as M111 or B118.  My glacial till soil is listed as "sandy loam" by our local conservation district but my wife and I joke that "very rocky sand" would be a more accurate descriptor.  The vigorous rootstocks tend to perform better for me here but YMMV.

As above, Burnt Ridge is a staple of mine as well.  I have also been pleased with Raintree Nursery.  Raintree prices are a little higher than Burnt Ridge but I've found that the caliper of bare root trees from Raintree are larger than what I typically receive from Burnt Ridge, likely explaining the price difference.  Both nurseries are located in SW WA.

I have used Hoffman's (Puyallup) heavily but sadly Mr. Bob Hoffman died a few years ago and the nursery closed.  Bob was a great contributor to western WA fruit tree societies so I wanted to take a moment to send kudos his way.

I've had good luck with One Green World (Portland) as well but have not used them as often due to the rootstock options they offer on their apple trees (primarily dwarf).

A couple of other west coast options for you.  I've been pleased with everything I've received from Trees of Antiquity (CA), particularly for difficult to obtain heirloom cultivars.  They offer very nice large caliper bare root trees (the majority of which are on M111).  Last I'll mention Bay Laurel Nursery (CA).  I've ordered dozens of fruit trees from them over the years and they've all been very nice, large caliper trees.  I think Bay Laurel sources their trees straight from Dave Wilson as the latter is in the same area.

We're fortunate to have many great choices here on the left coast!

-Michael
 
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My recommendations would be:

Sannich Native Plant Nursery
We have gotten many native plants from this company. I personally have not been to it, my honey bun has gone twice.

Fruit trees and Nuts
Tree Eater Nursery
We have gotten EFB resistant filberts, Heartnuts, Garry Oaks, and many more fruit tree/shrubs from Peter.
They also run a Permaculture based farm as far as i believe

Garden Seeds
Adaptive Seeds
So this site is awesome, it makes seed ordering fun! We ordered most of our seeds from them this year. It was more money due to exchange and all but hey these plants are grown in the PNW!!

Salt Spring seeds
Dan Jason has many varieties of beans/peas. He also carries many tomato and heirloom grain like Einkorn, Spelt. We order from him almost every year.

 
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I love to visit Cistus Nursery, on Sauvie Island near Portland.  They are primarily ornamental and delight in the unusual.  I love my magnolia macrophylla that I got from them, although nothing is edible about it.  

(It's got the largest leaves for any tree native to America and the flowers are a foot across - it's just cool!)

http://cistus.com/index.html
 
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Thanks for all the recommendations! I ended up ordering from One Green World and Burnt Ridge. The former order was shipped today. I hope everything thrives where I plant it!
 
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I have leaf buds on two of the apple trees, both peach trees and my mulberry!! Super happy.

I'm hopeful to have fully ripe and harvested apples from my adult trees this year (not lose them again to the bear) so I can try again to start some from seeds. But this feels like solid progress for this year.
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For those of you in or north of Seattle, it's worth a drive to Marysville for Sunnyside Nursery. They have a great selection of almost everything.
 
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Beth Johnson wrote:Another vote for Burnt Ridge. This is the first year I've bought plants (I bought my house ~2 years ago). I need a privacy screen/windbreak on ~150 ft. of chain link fence (living on a corner is awesome), I emailed the nursery with a ton of questions, and Michael Dolan, the owner, replied with a very detailed and helpful email.

I bought bamboo and raspberries. They arrived last Friday in beautiful condition and are in the ground.



Burnt Ridge update:

We had a hard frost in late February/early March and then a decent windstorm. No bueno! Some of the raspberries said, er...sorry. Others are sending out new canes. The bamboo is chugging along nicely with a nice amount of shoots that are almost as tall as the original canes.

I bought two pear trees a few weeks ago. The Comice broke dormancy within the first week, and the Bosc just started. I may have gone a little nuts pruning the Bosc.

Adaptive Seeds:

Great germination rate. I'm hardening off tomatoes, Brussels (they could probably go out now), cabbage (also could probably go out), catnip, basil, leeks, and cilantro. I didn't use artificial light. Some tomatoes got leggy, but up-potting took care of that. This is my first attempt at growing from seed, and it's a testament to the seed quality that I haven't killed the plants. Yet. ;)

Oh, and mason bees! Still alive since 2018!
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these peeps have good stuff  --->

https://www.rollingrivernursery.com/

and purchased some things from this place, was happy with what they sent, very developed trees ready to grow big ! -->

https://www.fourwindsgrowers.com/collections/small-fruits

https://www.fourwindsgrowers.com/collections/olive-trees

https://www.fourwindsgrowers.com/collections/avocado-trees

and especially -->

https://www.fourwindsgrowers.com/collections/citrus-trees
 
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I really like Rain tree nursery. The people are friendly and the plants were very healthy.

I would avoid One Green World. I ordered from them last year and the plants were tiny, very very tiny. One fig tree was literally 5" tall. I felt like I was scammed for the price they were charging. They also messed up the order and didn't ship a couple of things.
 
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I like Native Foods Nursery down in Oregon. Great little nursery but I also use their site to look up edible native plants. Wild Garden Seeds is another good nursery for getting genetically diverse and resilient seeds. They partner with other nurseries in the area like Adaptive Seeds.

I also order from a Canadian nursery in BC called West Coast Seeds. Good overall selection.
 
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I used to live just a few blocks from https://www.swansonsnursery.com/ in north Seattle.  Oh man, I miss that place.  It's pricey but the plants are in good shape and the staff are really helpful.  It caters to wealthy residential clients, so definitely an emphasis on ornamentals.  It's still a great place to wander around and explore.  
 
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I'm in the midwest, but have ordered from several PNW nurseries.

For rootstock, I like Copenhaven farms in Oregon.

One Green World and Burnt Ridge Nursery are good for getting more unique varieties.

I've ordered from C&O nursery in the past for more varieties that are used more commercially, and the product they delivered was great.

Thinking back on it, all the places I've ordered from in the PNW have been great while almost all my bad experiences have come from nurseries located in Georgia.
 
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Daron Williams wrote:I also order from a Canadian nursery in BC called West Coast Seeds. Good overall selection.



Are there any customs issues buying live plants from BC to ship to the US, or buying plants from the US to ship to BC?
 
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I've ordered from Burnt Ridge many times, Raintree and One Green World a few times, and some more of the ones mentioned above.

I'm at a point in my life now where I have both more time and skill I can dedicate to working with plants, and I also want to spend less money doing so.  Ordering grown plants can get expensive, at least the way I do it.  :-D  I just ordered from Fruitwood Nursery for this reason, which I found on Permies in another thread.

Fruitwood Nursery - for plugs, cuttings and grafting

They sell cuttings that you can root, cuttings you can graft, rootstocks, and small rooted plants/trees (plugs).  Some of what Burnt Ridge sells are plugs, too.

I ordered 4 types of fig cuttings, two types of grapes cuttings, a mulberry cutting, a keiffer lime cutting (yes!), and some pomegranate, pineapple guava, and olive rooted plants/plugs.  The most expensive things I ordered (the rooted plugs) were $5 apiece.  The variety was excellent and the plants look great.  So, if you are able to start small and take your time, this can be an affordable way to go.  If I have 50% success on the cuttings, I will have 8 plants I started plus the 5 that came already rooted - so 13 fruiting plants (trees, bushes and vines) for $77.  

I used to get two trees for that amount.  Plants in my food forest and orchard in Oregon cost a few thousand dollars.  Now, I think I'm going to be able to put together a food forest for a few hundred, just more slowly.  But that's okay!

Fruitwood's variety is quite good.  I noticed that some things are more limited than the other nurseries I've mentioned, but then other things they have way more of.  Like the things I ordered.

Here's a picture of the size of the rooted plugs.  Most are about 4-8 inches tall, one was 2 inches.  Ignore the pot of jade in the background.  :-)
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Beth Johnson wrote:

Daron Williams wrote:I also order from a Canadian nursery in BC called West Coast Seeds. Good overall selection.



Are there any customs issues buying live plants from BC to ship to the US, or buying plants from the US to ship to BC?



I have only ordered seeds from them (not sure if they sell live plants) and that has been easy. They take care of any customs requirements and generally the seeds arrive quickly. One time I had an issue with some beans they said were in stock that turned out weren't but that wasn't customs related. I just canceled that order but all the other seeds have shown up with no problems. I ordered a fair amount of flowers and vegetables from them earlier this year with no issues.
 
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Restoring Eden is a newish nursery in the SeaTac area. We went a few weeks back - they have a solid selection and quite good prices. My understanding is they only sell edible perennials... restoringeden.co/
 
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