Day trip: Portland gardening at its best

Embrace urban homesteading and find star-quality garden art on a Portland day trip to Pistils Nursery 

Pistils Nursery
Jon Jensen

1. Get an impromptu tour

Pistils’ unofficial greeter, Blu the border collie, will lead you through a remarkable collection of herbs and woody plants. New gardeners love the scents and textures, while seasoned ones are wowed by unusual gems like Cunninghamia, Metapanax, Taiwania, and hardy Arbequina olives. But don’t get lost in the names: Blu’s owner, Mégan Twilegar, is patient about explaining how they grow.

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