Forest Landscape Nursery stretches across 11 acres of scenic countryside, protected by an elite squad of grizzled squirrels. The family-owned nursery cares for and sells a wide range of local and exotic trees, plants, shrubs, and ornamental grasses.
There's much more to Lake View Farms than just pumpkins and a corn maze. Originally a produce market in the later part of the 80's, the family owners discovered that patrons found more joy exploring the grounds and spending time beneath the evergreen trees than shopping for groceries. The revelation brought about changes to the family-run farm, transforming it from a humble market to a fall family outdoor destination.
Now, families, friends, and groups can partake in a fun fall adventure beside a glistening 17-acre lake before traveling across the waters by paddleboat to pick their own pumpkin in the 15-acre patch. While customers can also take the train to the patch, passengers in paddle boats must brave past two of the farm's more unlikely residents: a lone "shark" and two "Loch Ness Monsters" that rise from the waters to photobomb boaters as they pass. Back on dry land, visitors also find plenty of memory-making opportunities as they explore the twisting 10-acre corn maze or peruse the old cow barn, which has been renovated into a seasonal gift shop.
The family-owned and operated Gold Hill Nursery grows its greens on three farms in Willamette Valley–a region renowned for its ideal climate and long-growing season. Open since 1965, the nursery produces a seemingly endless collection of seasonal items on its fertile land. Topiaries are a specialty, but evergreens, shrubs, fruit trees, and woody ornamentals fill out the nursery's robust product list.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
Thatcher Loen, president of the eponymous plant nursery, stocks an inventory of more than 50,000 flowers, shrubs, trees, and other vibrant, botanical life. Lush foliage explodes from every corner of the 3.5-acre nursery, home to more than 1,000 plant varieties in need of horticultural adoption. Row after row of plants ranges from rare and unusual to contemporary and traditional, a selection that includes annuals, perennials, vines, and organisms resembling flytraps fond of crooning Motown tunes. In addition to helping patrons navigate the nursery, helpful staff members can answer any lingering questions.
City Farm facilitates fruitful and sustainable relationships between its customers and Mother Earth by filling personal gardens with an abundance of edible and medicinal plants. City Farm carries plant species both common and unusual to the area's climate, and dresses up gardens with ornamental landscaping and flowering plants. The center’s botanical experts embrace ethical farming practices by carrying only open-pollinated and non-GMO seeds and feeding dirt with organic fertilizers made from kelp meal, fish meal, and bone meal. Using these ingredients to sprout their own produce aisle, gardeners can transfer their hard work into pantries with City Farm’s home-preservation supplies such as cheesecloth and mason jars.
In addition to vending supplies, plants, and even baby chicks, City Farm holds workshops and classes throughout the year, focusing in on season-specific gardening topics. After perusing the wares or filling eardrums with tricks of the trade, patrons can enjoy coffee, tea, and fresh pastries at The Garden Well, an onsite food truck. The ever-changing menu includes peanut-butter cookies, egg-and-sausage empanadas, and caramel-apple-pie turnovers disguised as broccoli.