The Joy of Plants at Joy Creek Nursery
Portland gardeners are lucky ducks. They seem to have an unusual concentration of high quality nurseries in their area, nurseries whose display gardens would make them worthwhile destinations even if they had nothing for sale.
We don’t have that in Chicago, where land is at too much of a premium to be used that way by a retail nursery. By the way, I took these pictures as Judy missed the first day of the Fling. So they may not be up to the usual quality.
We visited two such nurseries during the Fling: Joy Creek and Cistus. One of the Portlanders told me that these two nurseries define two local styles of gardening. “You’re either a Joy Creek gardener or a Cistus gardener,” she told me.
If I lived in Portland, I would definitely be a Joy Creek gardener.
Joy Creek has over four acres of display and stock gardens.
And by the way, they also do mail order. Here’s the Joy Creek website.
Joy Creek specializes in Clematis, and their garden has an amazing selection.
Now if only I could get them to open a branch in the Chicago area.