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Friday, April 10, 2015

A Visit to McAuliffe's Nursery

On Wednesday, while Nigel was at work, I set off on a little nursery hopping jaunt. My first stop was Swanson's in North Seattle, where I concentrated on buying plants, and took no pictures, followed by lunch in town with Nigel at a restaurant called Purple (where I drank a fizzy concoction called a shrub). I then traveled north of Seattle to Flower World (sorry no pictures there either, but you can see pics of both places on my buddy Peter's blog -- Swanson's here and Flower World here and here.)

Not far from Flower World, about ten-minute's drive further north, is McAuliffe's Valley Nursery. McAuliffe's created one of the display gardens at this year's Northwest Flower and Garden Show, a Gold Medal Award-winning garden called Rekindled Rendezvous (see photos of their display garden on the Garden Show website here and on local blogger Tanya's blog My Secret Garden here). I was curious to see their nursery.

From their website: "McAuliffe's Valley Nursery is a full service nursery located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. Our farm-to-retail nursery grows stock on over 40 acres of rich, fertile soil specializing in balled and burlapped trees. The hub of our retail nursery is a historic dairy barn that is surrounded by an assortment of stunning plants, both familiar and rare varieties, for your various needs and styles. Around the nursery you can also find displays of hand crafted pottery and garden art, carefully selected for its unique flare. Our authentic barn houses miscellaneous garden products, organic fertilizers, our office, and friendly customer service checkout counter. The walls are lined with both garden d├ęcor and a library of helpful information for your use while shopping. Our knowledgeable staff is also available and happy to help you select the right trees, shrubs, and plants for your landscape needs."

When I got there, I finally decided it was time to pull out my camera and start taking some pictures.

There are several interesting structures on the premises, starting with the big red barn.

In front of the barn are several tables full of a large variety of well-cared for perennials.

Inside the barn

One of several buildings at the nursery that feature this interesting combo of brick and stone

This shade house had funky brick and stone columns

Isn't this a cute little garden shed? Note the green roof and the black bowling ball embedded in the mortar.

It was a very pleasant place to wander.

I wonder if this tractor fountain was part of a previous display garden, it felt familiar.

A fun use for an old torpedo! (Edit -- according to Nigel, this is an old bomb, not a torpedo)

They had a wide variety of AW Pottery for sale, at what I considered very reasonable prices.

The pots here varied from $55 to $165.

Eye-catching color, but as I took the photo, my attention was drawn to that flash of orange in the distance.

If they had had two of the larger wide pots, I might have been tempted.

They had lots and lots of plants for sale, including many shrubs and trees.

I wish I could keep Rhodies alive! This is Rhododendron 'Seaview Sunset.'

Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum'

I almost wish I had succumbed to this Japanese Maple called Acer palmatum 'Katsura.' I'm just not sure where I'd put it.

I hope you enjoyed this look at McAuliffe's Nursery. It's always fun and exciting to find somewhere new!


  1. Hey, thanks for the introduction to a new nursery. This looks like a good one!

  2. What a beautiful nursery, it looks immaculate!

  3. What a well stocked nursery - cracking place to visit. A wide selection and something for everyone by the looks of it.

  4. That's a great nursery. I loved that brick and rock shed with the green roof! I'm not sure I could have passed on that Japanese maple...

  5. I love a place with a unique personality and this place fills the bill. Plus a lot of very well-cared-for plants.

  6. I would be swooning over all the rusty accouterments and that torpedo is hilarious. What a great place. Definitely worth your drive I bet.

  7. My reaction when I ;earned about this nursery at the NWFG Show was "Wow! A new nursery! One we have not been to yet!"
    You beat us to it. Thanks for the tour.

  8. That nursery is a great place to visit and wander around. It starts already with the red barn, beautiful and then the little shed with the green roof. The plants and all looks very well cared. So nice to see a ´different´ nursery, thanks for showing us.

  9. The tractor water feature looked familiar to me, too, and I realized it was because I'd seen it on another blog (maybe you did, too?):

  10. How fun! What a well put together nursery. I enjoyed the tour. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Looks like a fun and interesting nursery. Love that garden shed with the green roof.


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