Portland Christmas Tree Delivery decks a home’s halls with conical-shaped holiday cheer, freshly cut from sustainable farms in Eola, Oregon. For the past four years, the family operation has harvested these eco-friendly, oxygen-emitting tannenbaums, then prepared them for delivery to Portland homes by lecturing them on the dangers of low-hanging chandeliers. With aromatic pine needles that jut 3/4 to 1 inch from sturdy branches, the douglas fir will securely station garland, tinsel, and ornaments. When properly watered and cared for, trees will keep their festive vigor for up to three weeks, which is exactly how long it takes to teach them to speak French.
Local Goods amalgamates the finest wares of the Pacific Northwest into a sustainability-conscious retail paradise. Peruse the aisles of this general store for Mother Earth–approved essentials and gifts, including toiletries, food, and clothing from local brands such as Oregon Soap Company, Green Chic Bag Company, and Biokleen.
Urban Farm Store's storied urban farmer Robert Litt quit his job as a landscape architect to form this beloved bucolic boutique—offering the metropolitan masses a chance at their own barnyard bliss with supplies such as organic vegetables (starting at $2.95) and organic fertilizers (bulk, priced as marked). Use your digging skills for good instead of graves when you plant a fruit tree ($12.95 to $27.95). Or nurture a bountiful garden bed using organic potting soil (two cubic feet for $12), which is better than willing plants to grow by rubbing your genie-infested wishing sweater. Urban Farm Store also offers beer-making supplies, cheese-making classes, and pasture-raised meat and eggs far superior to meat and eggs conjured from thin air by starving birthday-party magicians. For the ultimate farm feat, however, adopt and bring home a baby chick ($4.95). These infantile egg producers arrive at the store on certain dates and sell quickly. Urban Farm Store also hosts free classes on basic chicken care every other Thursday at 6:30 p.m., during which they'll explain why it's better to feed chicks with organic chicken feed ($21) than molding clay and clock parts.
Catering to the distinct and diverse needs of the urban farmer, Pistils Nursery has myriad ways to celebrate the seasonal shift. Instead of planting invisible plants, have something to show for your trouble by the end of summer. The nursery's sizable, eclectic selection of indoor plants and plant containers might seem intimidating at first, but the staff of earth experts will help you find the plants to fit your needs, and vice-versa. Terrariums, a Pistils specialty available in a wide array of sizes and styles (small, table-top terrariums are $10–$22, whereas larger terrariums range from $40–$300), are a perfect, glass-enclosed way to breathe life into any apartment, or to accessorize for your Bratz playhouse. Beyond the bio-dome, Pistils pedals a large selection of strange and wondrous, sustainably grown local plants that thrive in the Northwest climate (indoor plants cost $2.50–$36, and outdoor plants range from $8–$80).
Those with surgically implanted green thumbs can find common houseplants (starting at $4.25 for 4" plants) alongside exotic tropical plant species, water-retaining succulent plants, and various cactus varieties. The shop also stocks decorative pottery (starting at $9.99), which includes the work of local and international artists, and baskets for displaying arrangements. The Plant Peddler provides a number of services including design assistance, product delivery, and home visits. Knowledgeable staffers can help transform stark indoor spaces with lush greenery that is beneficial to health and is said to be a natural mood-booster. They also can counsel clients in artful arrangement and plant maintenance in the home or office. And for less long-term commitments, rental plants are available to temporarily enhance the atmosphere for special occasions.
Whether pruning Portland's most prominent trees—including a 150-year-old Oregon white oak and a semiretired giving tree—or tending to newborn saplings in residential lawns, the International Society of Arboriculture¬–certified arborists at Urban Forest Pro treat each tree with care, earning the Angie's List Super Service award for three consecutive years. The crew's cornucopia of services includes trimming, deep-root fertilization, and organic pest control using environmentally friendly sprays. After tree pruning and removal, the technicians recycle all branches, milling the large pieces into furniture and repurposing smaller pieces as wood chips for local farms or false teeth for colonial re-enactors.