Our visit to Raintree Nursery: My Favorite Fruit Nursery for PNW Gardens!

Raintree Nursery in Morton, WashingtonWe 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!

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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.

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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!)

DSCN5711 (800x600)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!)

DSCN5712 (537x800)This is my favorite part of the nursery!

DSCN5717 (600x800)I love the different kinds of plants you can find out here. My son was happy to spot lingonberries and cranberries!

DSCN5721 (600x800)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.

DSCN5718 (600x800)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!

DSCN5723 (600x800)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.

DSCN5725 (600x800)In the sub-tropical greenhouse, they carry plants like bananas. (Obviously folks, you’d need to keep these indoors or in a warmed greenhouse.)

DSCN5726 (800x600)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.

DSCN5729 (800x701)It’s also fun to observe the ways Raintree has grown their plants on their property for inspiration. Check out this stunning espalier apple tree!

We did end up buying a new plant:

DSCN5713 (800x600)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!

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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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Comments

  1. says

    I love this nursery! I’ve never made it down, but their catalogue is always such a great inspiration source for local plants. Our blueberries, fig, and thornless blackberries are from them. (One Green World is another PNW favorite of mine.). I wonder if they have tastings in the summer? It’s so hard to tell from plant descriptions if it’s tasty…..edible isn’t the same thing :)

    • Angela Russell says

      Oooo… don’t know if they do that, but MAN what an awesome idea for an event that would be! I’d totally make the drive down if they did something like that!

  2. Tara Bittler says

    Hello, Angela! Raintree Nursery marketing person and catalog designer here. I saw your post on our Facebook wall, read the blog and just had to comment.

    I’m so excited to see that your son loves the catalog! That’s an age group I didn’t have in mind when designing the catalog, but that’s *so* cool.

    Thank you for this lovely write-up of Raintree Nursery. I’m super proud to work for them, and I’m very happy to see others finding joy in Raintree Nursery as well.

    • Angela Russell says

      Tara, thank you so much for dropping by! Admittedly my son is way into gardening because he’s had the privilege of watching us slowly transform our yard into a garden retreat!

      Incidentally, we’re hoping to make a much larger purchase from you guys in the next year or so – my husband has given me permission to expand the garden and I want a mini orchard next! :)

      Thanks again for stopping by!

  3. Tina says

    Dear Angela,

    I am the Inventory Manager for Raintree Nursery.
    We will be having a fruit tasting this Summer!! The dates are: August 16th will be a guided tour, tasting plums and other ripe fruit in the orchard. September 27th: Guided tour, tasting apples, pears, unusuals and other ripe fruit in the orchard at that time. Also we will be having our Cider Making on October 25th!! Fruit tasting, food preserving and of course Cider!!! So come in and see us this Summer!! :)
    Tina

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