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Welcome to Far Reaches Farm

A Rare Plant Specialty Nursery in Port Townsend Washington

Sue Milliken & Kelly Dodson, proprietors

What's New at The Farm - August 18 - We had 1/2" of rain this past weekend and talk about a mood enhancer! Working hard on new adds for the website so must get back to it.............

June 29 -
We have been doing our fair share of watering here of late and really appreciated the cloudy day yesterday which gave us a bit of a break. We do a lot of hand watering and this lets us keep an eye on what is happening with the plants. One of the best...... Read more....

The Skinny on Far Reaches Farm

Welcome to our online store and hope you find many of the rare plants offered as fun as we do. We’ve been collecting, growing and learning about plants all our lives and the excitement has simply grown with time and we look forward to sharing our phytomaniacal obsession with you. There are worse things to be afflicted with than gardening. Take a moment and read some of the categories to your left on this page like "About Our Plants" for example so you know what to expect.

We have many more plants available here at the nursery that are not listed on our online store. Many are too large or don't ship easily or are in small quantities or we just haven't managed to get them up on the website. If we just didn't need to sleep, we could get more done. The nursery is open Thurs-Sat 10-4 but will have occasional extended hours and we might take the odd weekend off from retail to catch up on work here so check our open days on the right hand side of this page just to confirm if you are planning a visit.

We propagate and grow most of our plants ourselves which allows us to grow many more impractical species than we should. Many times people shy away from a rare plant thinking it is hard to grow, but more often, it is difficulty of propagation or simply not fitting into a standard nursery routine that makes a plant rare in commerce. Of course, not all of our plants are uncommon - that would be leaving out way too many good ones such as some of our favorite herbaceous genera like Trillium, Meconopsis, Podophyllum, Paeonia, Paris, Heloniopsis, Crocosmia and then the woody genera like Sorbus, Styrax, Magnolia, Decaisnea, Hydrangea and the like.

You can start shopping now using the categories on the left, or read our Ordering Instructions first.

We will be adding new plants frequently so do check back.

We continue to enjoy the response from our customers - thank you! Here are a few of the comments we have received:

Got my order(s) today. My plants arrived beautifully packed, healthy, and surprisingly large. Thank you Far Reaches Farm!” – B. H. North Carolina

“I received my plants this morning and what fine ones they were! Thank you, too, for the bonus Iris. I will certainly sing your praises among the plant groups I belong to and, rest assured, I will be ordering from you again.” – RH – Colorado

Thank you, thank you for your beautifully wrapped plants that made their way to Montana bursting with vibrance and energy!” – LS – Montana

This is my second order with you. Your plants in my first order were large, healthy and very well packed. I greatly appreciate doing business with you, and look forward to more in the future. I understand you recently started offering plants online mail order, it is great to have you as a resource for these beautiful and rare plants. Keep up the great work, and know that you have a very pleased and happy customer.” AO - Florida

“I received my plant order yesterday. I just want to say I am so excited by the wonderful condition of the plants and the excellent shipping conditions you provided! You did a wonderful job of packing. The plants are in beautiful condition and are so healthy. I also want to thank you for the bonus plant! I didn’t expect that so it was a wonderful surprise. I will certainly recommend your mail order services.” KD -- Washington

“you have sent me the finest mail-order plant material I have ever received. Am spreading the word among all the Connecticut gardeners I know.” RK - Connecticut

More customer comments...


Gazania linearis 'Colorado Gold'
Gazania linearis 'Colorado Gold'
Price: $12.00

4" Pot
An indispensable Port Townsend plant. This rugged South African is sun, wind and drought tolerant and absolutely hardy here. One of the most admired plants in our border for its profuse display of large yellow to orange daisies on low stems. Good drainage.
Roscoea cautleyoides 'Jeffrey Thomas'
Roscoea cautleyoides 'Jeffrey Thomas'
Price: $16.00

Large Band Pot
A selected form from England notable for pale cream flowers which are lighter than typical for the species. We're just over the moon about Roscoeas and this uncommon selection is certainly in the top tier. All the allure of a hardy orchid without the expense. Trouble free pretty much.
Pinus mugo 'Short Needle'
Pinus mugo 'Short Needle'
Price: $20.00

Large Band Pot
Introduced by Iseli Nursery, this very dwarf Mugo grows less than an inch per year and bears no resemblance to the ubiquitous Mugo Pine of strip mall landscapes and parking strips. This is a gem of a bun and worthy of a special place in a large trough or rock garden where it can develop its irregular character.
Bletilla ochracea - pink
Bletilla ochracea hybrid - Pink
Price: $15.00

Medium Band Pot
Nice seed-grown plants we got from a friend who is hardy orchid breeder - lucky us! Typically B. ochracea has yellowish flowers and while we received these as B. ochracea, we will call them a hybrid just to be safe as these have pink flowers. Of course he is the orchid expert so maybe we should listen to him!. Vigorous plants when established with tall stems to 30" with pink flowers. These are not something generally available and we're very pleased to have a few to offer. 1-2 shoots on these with a few starting to show flower spikes although not all will bloom.
Roscoea tibetica
Roscoea tibetica
Price: $15.00

Large Band Pot
A cute little cousin to the hardy Gingers, this Zingiberaceae member has tuberous roots from which low wide short strap leaves appear and in the center are nested small pink orchid-like flowers. This one has its origin in a Roy Lancaster collection in China.
Gentiana "Asiatic Hybrids"
Gentiana "Asiatic Hybrids"
Price: $10.00

4" Pot
Divisions from a a batch of Asiatic Fall blooming hybrids that we selected out the best light bloom forms. These are real nice and I'm here tro tell you that it pains us to sell them. Mat forming and deciduous and making lots of new crowns, this has grand 2"-3" sky blue trumpets. Rich, moist and acidic.
Olearia macrodonta
Olearia macrodonta
Price: $15.00

Large Band Pot
Great evergreen textural shrub from the southern hemisphere excelling in milder gardens in our area. Siting in a drier spot with good drainage and not overly fertile soil will increase its hardiness. Ours regrew nicely from the base following the horror that was the 2009 winter but certainly good to the mid to low mid teens. Clusters of small creamy daisies on this cake of shrubby ornament.
Soldanella hungarica
Soldanella hungarica
Price: $12.00

4" Pot
We received this from Bovees Nursery as the clone 'Major' but that is no longer recognized. Soldanellas are notoriously hard to identify as they are a promiscuous lot and to be sure, you need plants of known wild origin. Whatever the correct name, this is a proven plant for shade with charming purple fringed flowers.