Nursery Visit: Sky Nursery Seattle
What do plant nerds do the day after the Northwest Flower and Garden Show? Visit nurseries, of course. Since I had yet to really explore any nurseries in the Seattle area it was an eye-opening experience for me. In this post I will give you a tour of Sky Nursery, a very large operation in Shoreline, north of Seattle. This was one of three nurseries visited, the other two, Molbak's and Ravenna Gardens will be covered in later posts.
When we left this nursery, I asked my colleagues to state three things they did not like about this nursery and three things they do really well. The answers were varied but we were all generally on the same page. What we didn't embrace was that it sometimes felt too big. Maybe it was the gargantuan greenhouses and vertical volume, but even with all those plants it felt empty. Maybe if they filled some of the vertical space with...I don't know, giant orbs or something? We weren't greeted by anyone nor asked if we had any questions or if we were looking for anything in particular. While that may not bug everyone, it is a common courtesy in retail. For me, the fact that they carry Roundup and other similar products is a negative. The positives? It was clean, well-organized with good displays and wonderful signage, a good selection (ok, an overwhelming selection which can work against a store), they also have a coffee shop. The wooden tables used for plant displays are attractive. They had so many items, it is definitely a place to shop if you have some free time or need a good gift for a gardener. They also represented a lot of beneficial products for habitat, i.e., mason bees, hummingbird supplies, worms, etc., along with their native plant selection. Definitely a destination garden center to look to for inspiration and it offers just about anything you need from a gardening perspective.
They have more than what is pictured here, of course. They have bulk materials -- that is to say soil, compost, amendments, gravel and the like, as well as delivery and container planting services. They also have events, such as the Prune-A-Thon happening this Saturday the 5th of March. Check their website for more details on any of these services.
Overall it is a fantastic nursery that I would likely spend a lot of money in if I lived close by. As it was, I walked away with a persimmon tree which I was very happy to find.
That's it for this week at Chickadee Gardens, until next time, thank you for reading and happy gardening!