On my recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, one of our stops was at Terra Nova Nurseries in Canby, Oregon where we received a personal tour of the operation by owner and renowned plantsman, Dan Heims. Terra Nova is a wholesale nursery best known for cutting edge plant introductions which are propagated by tissue culture. More information about the tissue culture process can be found HERE
|One of Terra Nova's many high tech greenhouses. A Heuchera bandit could do well here.|
|Dan Heims pointing out something in the display garden to Kathy, Lisa and Denise.|
Meandering around the sales office and visitor parking area is a series of drop dead gorgeous display gardens. Granted they are a sales tool, and probably switched out frequently depending upon what's in bloom, but the thoughtful design and riot of flower color left even a die hard foliage over flowers gardener like me questioning my own sanity.
|Aralia cordata 'Sun King' (the blazing yellow beacon of foliage) is a plant I simply must have.|
|Be still my heart!|
|Exploding with color.|
|The display gardens at Terra Nova in the shadow of their monstrous production greenhouses.|
|Keep your eyes peeled for this series of Kniphofia called Popsicle. Supposedly they rebloom from summer into fall.|
|Fortunately from a photography angle, the morning was overcast so the colors just popped.|
|Echinaceas everywhere but not a one we could buy!|
Our visit to Terra Nova was made possible by one of our group members who was unfortunately unable to make the trip this year. Thank you Marlene! Hope to see you next summer at IU10!