Roses, quartz and tillandsia at Artemisia Collage with Nature

Travel Inspiration

In Container gardens, Feature, Houseplants, Inspiration, Tonkadale Greenhouse by Samantha Karsten

Jessie, Megan and I traveled to Oregon last month to attend the Monrovia Expo and tour some local greenhouses and plant shops. We took oodles of pictures and were delighted by the diversity and plant culture of Oregon. It was three-day whirlwind, but running around and taking pictures of pretty things is the best kind of business travel.

One thing is pretty clear about Portland: They love plants. The greenhouses and plant shops catered to every niche, from simple and elegant outdoor gardens, quirky indoor succulent containers, to down-to-earth, rural perennial landscapes. Whatever your gardening taste, Portland has a shop for you.

We came back loaded with ideas, but here are a few things that we found really inspiring:

Fire Island Bleeding Heart at Portland Nursery

Fire Island Bleeding Heart at Portland Nursery

At Portland Nursery, we found a single, stunning Fire Island Bleeding Heart, with pale teal foliage and deep, flushed flowers, and we are dying to get our hands on some to sell to you next spring.

Succulents, cacti and layered sand in a glass terrarium

Succulents, cacti and layered sand in a glass terrarium at Artemisia Collage with Nature

We visited several adorable, cozy plant shops tucked into vintage buildings, like Artemisia Collage with Nature, Thicket and Solabee Botanicals. We noticed a trend with crystals and rocks being combined with layered sand in clear glass containers, and we love all of it. So many possibilities. Keep an eye out for our own take on these arrangements this winter.

Outdoor patio at Pomarius Nursery

Outdoor patio at Pomarius Nursery

At Pomarius Nursery, they feature inviting, elegant seating areas throughout their outdoor retail space, shared with a series of offices housing a local design and restoration firm. An excellent collaboration and efficient use of space.

Megan and Jessie at Pistils Nursery

Megan and Jessie at Pistils Nursery

We were amazed at how much product could fit into such small spaces at shops like Pistils Nursery. It’s pleasant to be in such close proximity to plants, and their presentation and container selection was on point.

Jessie standing next to a Philodendron Giganteum

Jessie standing next to a Philodendron Giganteum

Some places, like Solabee Botanicals, cultivated some truly unique (and sometimes massive) indoor plants.


These excursions open our minds to new ideas and trends, and help us create plant-inspired experiences that connect our customers to beautiful spaces. Have you found inspiration for your home and garden in your travels?  Tell us about it in the comments.