My garden pal Evan – whom some of you might know as The Practical Plant Geek, if you follow his blog (which you should), organized a field trip for us bloggers to famed wholesale nursery Little Prince of Oregon, this past Saturday. I was so bummed to have to miss it, that I arranged my own visit two days later. Actually, as chance would have it, I had a client meeting in nearby Woodburn, so I invited myself to stop by on my way home. Mark – Supreme Maverick of Marketing – was kind enough to not only let me in, but also showed me around – even though I turned up at the end of the day and he probably had way more important things to do. But, as the Queen of Distraction, I prevailed, and I got the royal treatment.
I immediately got lost. On my previous visits, the offices had always been housed in this on-site construction hut-type structure at the far corner of the property. I parked in the usual place, walked around the corner, and saw the note on the door; “We’re in the blue house”. Yup, that made sense. I had noted the grand, new building as I drove in, but not made the connection. Which was stupid, because it was obvious – the members of the Princely Court are moving up in the world. The new offices were glorious!
Bright and cheery, with glassy expanses in all directions. Fresh, new plantings lining the path to the front door.
The inside behind the red door revealed a well-lit, communal office space with tall ceilings, held up with massive glulam beams spanning the distance. The interior was flooded with light. I loved the doors – there were two of them.
The second floor is the break room. A full kitchen with bar seating and plenty of counter space…
… large tables, and comfy seating to lounge on for a while. All enveloped in wonderful light!
The third floor sported but one desk. I figured this must be where the Prince hangs out.
Next to the desk was a door out to a generous terrace, from which the Prince and his visitors can survey the Kingdom. He has every right to be property proud. Straight ahead, are the greenhouses.
To the right, are more greenhouses., and the production and shipping facilities.
Looking to the left, you can see the tidy rows of greenhouses marching on the horizon…
… flanked by horses out to pasture! So wonderfully bucolic!
Down below, we walked through the hustle and bustle of the shipping area.
The plants are grown mostly unlabeled, and get their label when they are on their way out the door. This is the library of tags. I can just hear the shipping center mantra – Right Plant, Right Tag….
Here, orders are being assembled, and loaded onto trucks.
Don’t you just love the diffused light illuminating the space through the rolling waves of shade cloth?
Rows of the popular Eco-roof Bird Feeders waiting to go out.
Ground covers galore! I can’t get over how spotlessly clean this place is. Not a thing out of order – this place seems run on almost military perfection. It’s stunningly beautiful!
Here is where the propagation takes place. Tiny succulent cuttings will one day fill out their allotted space, and be ready to be transplanted into the next size up. Until they are ready to brave the world of the market place. Plants from Little Prince of Oregon cover table space in most every retail nursery as well as box stores and grocery stores here in the Pacific Northwest.
Another greenhouse shot. The door patterns is what captured my attention this time around. It almost looked like one of those eternity mirrors…
Delosperma ‘Fire Spinner’ lighting up the room. According to Mark, these are fantastic pollinator plants.
Once outside again, rows and rows of greenhouses to explore. They grow lots of different things, but the same plants usually stay in the same greenhouses from year to year. I imagine that makes it easier to remember what’s what – and where!
i just love the clean, quiet, rhythm of the pristine greenhouses. This nursery is incredibly well kept!
See all the pink flags? That means the plants are stock plants, and are used for propagation only. This is where the sweet stuff that will make us consumers ooh and aah next year, is contained.
Sempervivum ‘Braunii’ – adorable!
Row after glorious row…
Not sure which kind this is, but it had decided to flower in its little pot. So cute!
Anyway, a new client AND a visit to Little Prince. I had a very, nice Monday. Thanks Mark, for taking the time – I loved it! 🙂