Xera – only a few Miles away

Sometimes you just have to spend at least part of your day off doing something fun. (You know, as opposed to all that other stuff you have to do…) I felt I hadn’t seen my pal Laura in a while, so on a last-minute whim, I suggested we take a little field trip to Xera – one of our fave local nurseries. It was a beautiful day (meaning; it wasn’t raining).


Orderly rows of greenhouses full of intriguing plants.


This is where the magic happens. I love the starry-eyed biomorphic quality of the Propagation House.


Hundreds and hundreds of seed trays…


Here’s Greg, showing us the seeds he started a couple of months ago. The mesh-covered lid is to keep resident mice away from the salad bar.




Moving up in the world! Here, Paul is transplanting the tiny seedlings into the larger plug trays. There are 72 plugs in each tray. To me, this would be a very Zen kind of job – one that you could lose yourself in. I could totally dig that.


Paul’s Dachshund Miles, the Guardian of the Greenhouse, is eyeing us suspiciously.


A lot of sniffing was needed to ensure that we were trustworthy…


…and that we weren’t going to encroach too much on his territory.


A real Adora-dog. Just look at that face!


Greg showed us around. I’m starting to understand why it’s called a nursery – it really is like caring for massive numbers of tiny, leafy babies.




Here is the misting bench. Greg told us that over the years, they have learned which cuttings do better in which conditions. I imagine that only a fraction of this can be learned in school, and that most of it has to be learned by experience – years and years of trial and error.



Just like regular babies in regular nurseries, all these babies have varying temperaments and dispositions.


Meta-panax starts. Now, where could I put one of those…?


Laura was full of good questions. I should have listened better, but I was too distracted with all the visual loveliness surrounding us.



Miles the Adora-dog, was of course also a major distractor. So irresistibly sweet…


Hey! Where are you going?



We spotted some interesting houseplants. Hey – wait a minute… Houseplants???


Yes, actually. Xera will be soon be offering a few select houseplants. How cool is that?


My favorite of the houseplants was this Seussian creature. So cool… I really liked its octopus tentacles.


To me, its curving forms echoed several other loop-di-loop things nearby. I enjoyed the curvaceous forms and sculptural juxtaposition of the watering hose and the electrical cord across the isle.

And that, my friends, concludes the Propagation House portion of our visit. The marvels we encountered outside will be the topic of another post. Stand by for more soon…



About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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16 Responses to Xera – only a few Miles away

  1. Thanks for the fun last minute adventure! I love this post. Now I’m struggling with spring fever in January!

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, considering that I spent all of today in a windowless basement room on the OSU campus in Corvallis, our day in the sunshine yesterday brought nice memories! So glad you could come with me – even with the short notice!

  2. Alison says:

    Wow, you got to go to their propagation houses! So cool. Thanks for the inside look.

  3. Jenni says:

    This has gotten me excited to get out in the garden and start working! Wonderful post and thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Thank you for the tour! I would love to get out there soon. Hint hint….:) Those guys are the BEST!

    • annamadeit says:

      Sweet Tamara – you should go (and I’ll happily come with). After all, you are off until February, and you do have all this land you need to fill… 😉

  5. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening! says:

    Oh, the damage I could do with access to a greenhouse! I love seeing behind-the-scenes peeks at nursery life!

  6. After yesterdays relative warmth, sunshine, time in the garden and now this…yep…spring fever is brewing! Thanks for the fun tour…I have excellent memories of time spent walking through those greenhouses. Oh and I love your photo of the “starry-eyed biomorphic quality of the Propagation House”!

  7. annamadeit says:

    It does look like such a kind, warm, maternal incubator, doesn’t it? It’s the perfect building for raising little ones.

  8. lyart says:

    great post, thanks!

  9. Kris P says:

    Now that’s my kind of field trip!

  10. Peter/Outlaw says:

    So this is where the magic happens. How great that you got to experience it, especially that cute little Miles! Thanks for sharing this fab field trip with us!

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