We went on an overnight trip to Portland this weekend and on the way back, I asked my husband if we could stop at Raintree Nursery in Morton! We’ve been before, but I adore this place so much I wanted to stop in again!
I’ve mentioned Raintree before on the blog, and for good reason. This amazing nursery is primarily focused on fruit trees and berry bushes. If you’re looking for a wide selection of apples trees or blueberry bushes – you pretty much need to check them out. Now you can request a free catalog and order online or over the phone, but if you are ever able to stop by their garden center, I recommend it!
It is about a 30 minutes’ drive off of I5 (you can take junction 12), but it’s a really beautiful drive! You’ll see farmland, forests, waterfalls, ponds, streams… it’s a great place to take a day trip if you’re just looking for a scenic drive. Raintree Nursery is located on Butts road, much to my kids’ delight.
My son was particularly excited to go here! He loves, loves gardening and will frequently curl up with the Raintree catalog. (No, I’m not making this up!)
There’s a great little reading room inside the main building. I could spend hours here! You’ll find books about permaculture, organic methods for home orchadists, recipe books, books on growing unusual fruit, and more. There’s also a little table where you can make yourself a cup of coffee or hot cocoa. (I couldn’t resist!)
I also appreciate Raintree’s commitment to offering native plant varieties such as these salal plants. They also carry huckleberries and salmonberries – both of which can be very difficult to find at other nurseries.
They also offer a nice selection of vining plants, both common and unusual. They carry honeysuckle (pictured), hops, grapes, passionflower, clematis, and even things you’ve likely never heard of such as akebia and holboellia!
They also sell kiwi! We purchased our hardy kiwi vines last year from Raintree Nursery and they are doing great! By the end of the first summer, they’d already reached the top of the arbor. This year I’m hoping they’ll cover it completely and maybe even start giving us fruit.
The other advantage of visiting Raintree is that you can purchase trees and bushes that are unavailable to purchase online because they are too large to ship! We found nice-sized fruit trees, ready to bear fruit and even some that have been trained for a few years to grow as espaliers. The extra price you’ll pay for the larger trees may be attractive if you’re hoping to get fruit sooner than later or would like your landscaping to look a bit more mature.
We did end up buying a new plant:
This is a Jelly Bean BrazelBerry. It’s basically a super sweet blueberry. The kids were attracted to the name, and I liked the fact that it could be container grown, and still supposedly produces an abundance of berries. We’ll see what happens.
Incidentally, if you are short on space but feeling inspired by this post, check out this post on Raintree about growing their fruit in containers! Many of the berries, vines, and even some of the trees can successfully be grown in containers!
Currently we’re growing these Raintree varieties: Jelly Bean Blueberry, Poorman Gooseberry, Invicta Gooseberry, Tall Mt Huckleberry (3), and “Anna” Kiwi (Male & Female). I also recently shared my trip to the Beacon Food Forest, where I found many Raintree varieties being grown!
I’d love to know if you’ve been here or ordered from this company before? Remember, you can request a free catalog (or view it online)!
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