Whenever I visit a plant nursery, my mood is immediately improved, and I feel really good. I’m excited and giddy and my eyes go rapid fire from one thing to another, taking in the character and beauty of my surroundings. It’s the joy of just being there.
Visiting Bosky Dell Natives in West Linn last spring with my plant-loving sister Laura took us to a new level of nursery excitement. Bosky Dell is not just a plant nursery, it’s a woodland wonderland. From the moment we stepped out of the car and walked around the corner, we knew we were in a special place. The soft, spring-green needles on a low growing Hemlock tree perfectly complemented the pink blossoms on a cascading native rose bush.
Ferns, wildflowers and other woodland greenery wowed us. Further on, we could see plants in pots with legible signage, but first we had to see more of the gardens. Under the canopy of towering conifers, a gravel pathway meandered about the grounds urging us onward.
Artistic vignettes composed of earthy elements such as rocks, mossy stumps, driftwood and plants filled nooks and crannies along the pathway’s edges. And in other areas, vintage rusty plant stands, mossy bird baths and hand painted signs were artfully tucked here and there, never hinting at junky or tacky but instead suggesting the subtle charm of antiquity. We snapped photos left and right.
Owner Lory Duralia graciously provided the grand tour, including a behind-the-scenes look at her personal garden. I was impressed with the lush, leafy plants that surrounded a pond, providing a home for a family of endangered red legged frogs.
She showed us where she hides seeds and nuts for the resident chipmunks in an area that doubles as a holding spot for hollow stumps, logs and snags snags — collected from Oregon forests after the trees have been logged — for customers to purchase for their own gardens.
Charming structures are well-placed throughout the garden, all trimmed with architectural salvage. Lory is especially proud of the Owl House where, you guessed it, an owl has claimed the pinnacle. A real thrill on summer evenings.
I loved the cluster of sub-alpine firs growing through decaying tree stumps outside the pump house and the rusty farm implements half peeking out from under a verdant carpet of native clover by the Fields Creek Sanctuary. My camera was getting a workout.
But Lory is much more than a gifted designer and grower. A tireless advocate, Lory has a deep respect for Oregon’s native flora and fauna and has undertaken many restoration projects around the area.
One such project is her very own Fields Creek that trickles through her property. She shared how she and others restored it to its natural habitat by eradicating the many invasive plant species and replanting with natives which has allowed many of the native fauna to return, including migrating salmon.
Spring is the perfect time to visit. You can learn more about Bosky Dell Native Plant Nursery by visiting the website, boskydellnatives.com.
Also, the Bosky Dell Facebook page provides updates on Lory’s various projects and the new plants she’s got in stock. ☸
Bosky Dell is located at 23311 SW Boskey Dell Lane, off SW Borland Road. Call 503-638-5945 or visit their Facebook page.