Embrace urban homesteading and find star-quality garden art on a Portland day trip to Pistils Nursery
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.
At Pistils, your take-away treasure might be growing in a pot on a nursery bench―or hanging on the wall. Portland metal artist Travis Pond made both of the rusted steel stars, plus the house numbers displayed on the brown door. They’re sold individually, so you can buy just the numerals that make up your address.
The shed behind Pistils is full of simple garden tools, chicken- and goatkeeping supplies, and beekeeping paraphernalia―just what you might need in your own backyard.