After Iseli, we boarded our buses for Terra Nova Nurseries in Canby, Oregon. If you’ve ever purchased an unusual Heuchera like ‘Mahogany’ or an Echinacea like ‘Pink Double Delight’ (both favorites in my garden) you’ve probably bought one hybridized by Terra Nova. While we were there, the botanists/biologists explained how they create the test tube babies which become such unique varieties. It was quite a flow chart.
The nursery is way out in the country, but still located on a very busy street. One of the employees joked that traversing it was a trial before employment. If you made it across, you were in. We all laughed as we jogged through traffic to get to the display gardens. In the photo above, you can just see the road behind Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’ which is behind Coreopsis ‘Autumn Blush’. Courtesy of Terra Nova, here is a closeup of ‘Tomato Soup’ which looks good enough to eat, doesn’t it?
While there, I fell in love with Agastache ‘Summer Glow’ as evidenced by the ten or twelve photos I afforded it. Actually, I was trying very hard to get one of the many pollinators in action while the Agastache swayed in the slight breeze. As soon as I came home, I traveled to a local nursery and found a couple of pots of this perennial for my own garden.
Lucky for me, it being the end of the season, they were on sale for $6.99 instead of the the normal $15.99. I also learned from Dan Heims, President of Terra Nova, that we should pronounce Agastache as “ag-ah-STAK-ee”. I would have felt dumb, except I saw surprise on other faces too.
It made me feel better.
I have so many photos of the wonderful new plants from this nursery that I will try to do another post on our visit next week.