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Saturday, July 7, 2012

A Trip to The Barn Nursery in Olympia, WA

Please tell me I am not the only person out there who would turn a trip to a BBQ Festival into a nursery exploration...

Today, Nigel and I went to the South Sound BBQ Festival. While I'm sure it was not a patch on true BBQ in the American South, it was still pretty good food. Nigel and I both love BBQ, and we had an assortment of pulled pork and brisket, with a side of cole slaw that was very lightly dressed. The festival was in Lacey, WA, which is just outside of Olympia, the state capital. I've been to a few plant swaps in Olympia since we moved here, and I went on a garden tour last year there, but I've never explored the nurseries nearby. So I decided to combine the BBQ Festival with a nursery trip. The Barn Nursery was just a little further down the road. OK, it was a 20-minute trip further, and the road was I-5. But I'm really glad I went.

The Barn Nursery is a quiet, quaint nursery, full of character, just outside of Olympia in Tumwater. They have lots of wonderful, well-cared-for plants and garden art, attentive personnel, and a big old red barn full of great stuff!

Here's what greets you when you go inside the red barn.

Aren't those wire dress forms cool? I bought the large one to use as a trellis for a Clematis.

A whole table full of chicken merchandise!

I would have bought one of these birdhouses, but they didn't appear to have a cleanout door.

They had plenty of stuff for the rust-lovers!

There was also a small demonstration garden.

I loved this driftwood bench. See how the piece underneath supporting it is planted up?
There was an Epiphyllum getting ready to bloom tonight.
And isn't this carousel horse fantastic? It was on sale, only $995.


  1. What a fun field trip, it looks like a great nursery! Did you buy any plants?

  2. Must have the carousel horse!

  3. You always manage to capture the very best of what you are visiting, bringing us into the visit. Thank you.

  4. YES!! Would love that dress form for a Clematis or some other vine, what a cool form. I like that driftwood bench too. Thanks for sharing a nice nursery, most of ours are closed for the season or really low inventory.

  5. I was taken in by the rustic charm of the barn's displays...and the dress form will be perfect draped in clematis. Display gardens do it for me, and smaller ones are less intimidating than the one I just visited.

  6. Thanks for the tour! This looks like a great place to visit!

  7. There are some great items here! I sent you a couple of sorry I am behind..on everything. Church has had my attention and will until vacation bible school is over.

  8. Hi Alison, I've just got to get back over here and read all of the posts I've missed. Time has been getting away from me and that's not good. I love this tour of the garden center; we do the same thing all the time, if there's a greenhouse, we just have to stop. So many cool things there, love the dress form.

    Gotta run now, but I will be back!!

  9. You know what I want? That pond. Never mind that I've already got two small ponds in my backyard. That one looked nice enough to swim in. Or at least soak in. I love how naturalistic it is and the big rocks for sitting on and dangling your feet.

    The lath house is really nice too. Everything looks really tidy. Fun trip!

  10. Hi Alison,
    My name is Jane and I'm with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about Lacey to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!


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