Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Discovering Sunnyside Nursery

After attending Sorticulture, Everett's  garden arts festival a couple of weekends ago, I decided to ask the lady in the phone if there were any new-to-me nurseries in the area and up popped Sunnyside Nursery only a few minutes away.  What a delightful surprise to find this huge gem of a  nursery bursting with plants. (It's June after all.)

A sunny day draws gardeners to nurseries!

A green thumb almost came home with me!

Rusty metal  fire pits with amazing cutwork.

Very tempted by this one.

The other side of the above sphere.  Too bad there's no space in my garden for this.

Acers and evergreens.  Yes, we're definitely in the Pacific Northwest!

It had rained before the sun took over the sky, a perfect combination to carry fragrance.  Roses charmed my nose from a distance luring me closer.

'Violet's Pride'

'Frida Kahlo'

Scentless 'Betty Boop' is a favorite in my garden because it blooms in what's become a crowded shady location.

Too many thorny beauties to share them all so we'll move on after 'Julia Child.'

This place is delightfully large and like gardens that thrill me, it reveals itself little by little.

Surprises around every corner. 

However, it's still very well organized. 

The people working here were extremely friendly, helpful, and seemed to know and enjoy plants making the experience of this spectacular nursery even more special.


Sand dollar stepping stones. 

Impressive sarracenia garden.  Like everything here, it's very well done. 

A little tenderness.

A nice young woman kept patting the opuntias with her hand and telling her friend how cute they are, how much she loved them.  Sometimes love hurts as she was sure to find out in a few minutes.

The geranium (Pelargonium) house.  There was also half of a house devoted to tuberous begonias,  and they even had the old-fashioned varieties of which I'm fond.

An explosion of seasonal color.  Would you call this an annual event?

Popcorn Cassia (Cassia didymobotrya) did smell a bit like popcorn. 

Colorful coleus.

Cordyline 'Electric Star'

In the mood for some grass?

Clever signage! 

Undoubtedly planted for winter, this container still looks marvelous. 

Acer palmatum 'Radiant'  with it's red branches and lovely leaf colors made it into my cart.  (It was only in a gallon pot.  Someone has too many little trees in pots.)

Somehow, Monrovia has gotten Hosta 'Curly Fries' to bulk up.  Many folks have reported that this one hasn't gotten much fuller for them over a few years.  I wonder what the secret to success is?

Magnolia macrophylla planted in the ground is always a good thing. 

Speaking of fabulous plants in the ground, check out the tree ferns looking like they took winter in stride in this sheltered location.

Finding a new nursery is always fun but when that nursery is as stellar as this one, the experience becomes a special joy.  I was surprised to find that I'd spent two hours here taking it all in.  If you're ever in the area, this is a nursery not to miss!
Happy weekend and happy gardening.  


  1. What a find on every level! Have you thought about asking your neighbors if they would like to let you spread into their space? Not a joke as I have friends who merged their gaden with the neighbor’s and design and maintain both seamlessly.

  2. I visited Sunnyside a few years ago while on a trip to that area to see tulips. I remember it was pretty fabulous. I did buy a Japanese maple while I was there, which has since died of course. I've been wanting to go back to see the tulips in spring, so maybe next year I'll visit Sunnyside again.

  3. "patting the opuntias"?! Good Grief. I'm not sure I could have held my tongue.
    Thank that lady in the phone: she did well locating this place for you. It goes on my calendar for next year's Sorticulture outing.
    I just love the green-on-green in the sheltered area surrounding the tree fern.

  4. Good thing I don't live nearby, I'd go bankrupt! ;)

  5. Those roses! so gorgeous! I want to visit that nusery!

  6. I'd love to go there with you Peter. The red gazebo is pretty, and Acer palmatum 'Radiant' is amazing. I would buy many plants.

  7. What a fabulous nursery! I want the carnivorous wheelbarrow planter and the sedum bench. It reminds me of the sod sofas I created with kids when I worked for 4-H.

  8. Just what you needed - another fabulous nursery! How ever does the lady in the phone keep track of all your haunts? I loved the sedum bench - as I so rarely sit down in my garden, that seems a good way to use the space.

  9. I sure wish we had such a nursery around here. Of course we would have many different types of plants that would winter over here. I can't believe you passed up the green thumb. You should have that. I have that Popcorn plant. It is a new plant for this area. I will have to collect seeds if I want one next year. It quite the conversation piece. I have a curly fries hosta in a pot that was outstanding last year. This year it is slow coming into it's self. We will see how it does. It was in that pot through out the severe winter we had. I am surprised it lived. Have a great weekend. I hope you find someplace for your new tree. It is a beauty.

  10. If there is a nursery to be found, you will find it! This one looks wonderful!

  11. Finding a new nursery is always a good thing...and yep, that Sarracenia planting is pretty hot!


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