A Rare Plant Specialty Nurseryin Port Townsend Washington
Sue Milliken & Kelly Dodson, proprietors
What's New at The Farm - Mother's Day May 10 7:40am - 5 hours and counting until Ciscoe arrives to talk plants. Coincides with fresh arrival of awesome Sarracenia - Pitcher Plant - species and hybrids from Sarracenia Grand Master Jerry Addington. Buckle up. May 2 - Ciscoe is coming to Far Reaches! We're gearing up for next weekend because in addition to being open per usual Thurs-Sat 10-4, we will have a special Sunday Mother's Day Open May 10 from noon to 4:00 because we are very pleased to have Ciscoe Morris coming to the nursery that day from 1:00-3:00. Ciscoe will be talking about his favorite plants and answering questions and it will a great opportunity to learn a few things plus meet Ciscoe. Feel free to bring your own beverage of choice to stroll about the garden - we will have coffee available - and if you want to make some points with Ciscoe, he has told us more than once how great his fans are - "sometimes they even bring me bottles of wine!" So ........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.
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
Small Band Pot The name "Purpurea" is not technically a valid clonal name but it is certainly an apt decriptive name. We received this from plantsman Ed Bowen and it bring some serious Pineapple Lily presence to the garden with its very large purple flushed foliage and imposing statuesque flowers.
4" Pot A fun selection of this "Panda Ginger" from Tony Avent. This sports a pronounced pale veining on the large leaves which adds a bunch of interest. Large white and black flowers nestle at the crown of the plant and after years of growing the species in our garden, we never fail to feel like a kid seeing these in April.
Small Band Pot Really great fern that was a chance sporeling at Plant Delights Nursery and once they saw it towering over all of the other Japanese Painted ferns at 3' tall and 6' across, they thought it worthy of naming. Who knew Tony loved those Godzilla B movies so much? Wonderful focal point of silver I the shade, deciduous, deer proof.
Large Band Pot This exceptionally large flowered selection is going to be a star in any sunny garden where it's unrivaled flower size leaves most other Crocosmias wishing they hadn't been mired in ethical dilemmas and just gone ahead and done the testosterone injections. Introduced in 1910 by George Davison and was a sensation at the time garnering every accolade and award available at the time. 100 years old and it is still showing the newcomers a thing or two as it has few rivals for size of flowers and stoutness of stem. Timeless excellence. Our plants came from NW icon Russell Graham some years back.
Large Band Pot Pubescent Carex. A useful grass from the woodlands of the Midwest and Northeast, this collection comes from Illinois by Aaron Floden. This is one of the more drought tolerant of the Carex and makes dense tussocks of softly hairy evergreen leaves to just 10" or so. A good addition to the natural garden.
Large Band Pot A true Ginger relative, this is a vigorous and hardy hybrid between R. auriculata and R. cautleyoides and is a wonderful fusing of all that is good in both parents unlike me who got the short round gene. Stou tanned foliage with large variably purple streaked flowers in shades of cream.
4" Pot This is the coveted true species unlike the usual Allium sikkimense which is what you get from most seed exchanges. Ours came from Ian Christie in Scotland and with Ian's name as provenance, there is little doubt. Besides we flowered it and it is correct! Thin grassy leaves in dense tussocks with small headed blue flowers in late summer. A Chinese species that is not one of the bulbous summer dormant types but appreciates moisture during the summer and is quite easy despite its relative scarcity.
4" Pot This Strawberry Saxifrage has rich colored leaves quite maroon underneath and intricately marked in silver on top. This sends out runners like a strawberry which makes new plants at the tips & makes a great groundcover for moist shade. Dandy and delicate white/pink flowers on 18" stems. This has proved itself in our shade garden.