A Rare Plant Specialty Nurseryin Port Townsend Washington
Sue Milliken & Kelly Dodson, proprietors
What's New at The Farm - April 5 - Happy Easter! Well, we're a little tired but happy after a busy first open weekend here at the nursery. It was great to see familiar plant friends again as well as make some new ones who have not been out before. It is always fun to see people get excited about plants. We will be open from now on Th-Sat 10-4and will be loading the tables each week with new goodies.
The big news is our Killdeer couple is back (8 years in a row) and have been........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 not open all the time so check our hours and open days.
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.
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:
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
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 -
“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
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
Quart Pots Seldom offered selection by Don Jacobs of Eco Gardens, this has exceptional vigor and and very dense growth habit. Really an ideal groundcover for that small area if you are going for the monoculture look as this is going to own its little piece of ground. But not in a bad way - our patch is finally big enough to share. Nice under taller perennials such as Leucosceptrum or shrubs. Heart shaped deciduous leaves shade funny small urn-shaped brownish flowers. A denizen of the moist northern woods, this is a good addition to the shade garden and seemingly tough as nails given moist shade.
4" Pots Evergreen Solomon's Seal. This is a darn good plant from Sichuan China that really performs here in the Northwest and we've heard good reports from the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast as well. This makes dense clumps of upright stems clad in glossy evergreen leaves below which dangle white bells in spring. We typically cut back last year's growth in spring so we can enjoy fresh new. This is an easy plant. These are divisions from a plant we have grown since the 80's from probably the first clone to be introduced to cultivation. This was introduced to the US by the late Ken Gambrill who formerly the curator at the Rhododendron Species Botanic Garden. Ken found this at the famed Washfield Nursery in England.
Quart Pot Here is an odd Mallow that every collector needs to grow at least once and we're collectors so of course we grow it. We've had this in our sunny border for 8 years now and give it no attention other than an admiring glance and a shout out for being so low maintenance. A robust Croatian to 7' or 8' or more and which gives the impression of a bushy Grape-leafed Hollyhock with clusters of 2" white flowers. The petals open at the base showing the green calyx behind as a 5 pointed star in the center of the flower and there is just something wonderfully endearing about this subtle bit of trickery.
4" Pot Pink Lily of the Valley. Charming pink form of an old fashioned standby which is a nice spreader for the shade garden and quite drought tolerant when established. Lovely in miniature bouquets where its sweet elusive scent teases the senses.
Tall Medium Band Pot This is quite the rarity both in cultivation and in the wild where it is endangered in the few high valleys in which it grows in Corsica. These are seed-grown bulbs of which some flowered fall of 2011 and thanks to plant enthusiast Claire Cockroft for sharing a pot of grassy seedlings some years back. Narrow leaves don't present the challenge that some of the larger species do and the small soft lilac-pink flowers are charming. Despite its smaller stature, this is pretty tough little bulb because we did a couple of things wrong - most notably too much water when dormant - and it grew anyway. Perfect for the bulb frame or rockery.
Small Band Pot Rare double Snowdrop we salvaged a few years ago from the garden of Marian Raitz who was an incorrigible plant collector of the best possible sort and upon having to move from her acres of botanical treasures, she did the right thing and called in the good plant societies and gardeners to skim the cream to save the choice plants from being destroyed. This is an interesting little aberration introduced by Alan Street from a plant found in Blewbury, Oxfordshire. This has small outward facing flowers with congested inner green segments looking like little green tartlets according to one English authority anyway. This is one for the Galanthophile and one that is always a challenge to find. We potted what we could spare and our best judgement in grading these out says these single bulbs should flower.
Gallon Pot A bizarre antler-like sport of the common Yew found oddly enough we were told on the grounds of the insane asylum in Holland for which it is named. This is one crazy plant. (sorry) Open strikingly architectural growth habit with such strict attention to lines and form as to be almost compulsive. Very unYew-like and more like some odd dendritic Podocarpus. The first one I saw was at the Platt Garden in Portland and it was very appealing in a strangely handsome way and I remain intrigued to this day. I'm just now realizing why Sue sometimes calls me her "little Amersfoort" - it's because I'm strangely handsome and not because I teeter on the edge of reality - what a relief!