Mike and Lori Hanson are proud, third-generation growers of conifers, broadleaf evergreens and deciduous trees and shrubs in Aurora, Oregon.
Founded in 1925, Surface Nursery has outlasted the
Great Depression, the Second World War, the Cold War
and the start of the Computer Age.
As a nursery state, Oregon is known for its natural attributes. Great soil. A moderate climate with winter dormancy, so many different plants can be grown here. And, of course, an ideal balance of cold-season rain and warm-weather sun. But there’s also the remarkable vision that many Oregon growers possess.
What began nearly four decades ago as one man’s dream has become a lasting nursery industry success. Iseli Nursery has over 100 employees, more than 100 acres of growing space, and an exalted place in Oregon’s nursery industry.
Little Prince of Oregon Nursery is known for its well-branded plant offerings, which include succulents, perennials, grasses, ground covers, ferns, and rare and unusual plants
Willamette Nurseries is a family-owned specialty grower of seedlings and rootstock for fruit and shade trees. Owners Devin and Allison Cooper live on one of their two farms, and are known for their personal attention to customer service.
Brent Markus is a rare individual, having built his own wholesale, retail and landscaping businesses from scratch by the age of 32. Perhaps that’s why his wholesale nursery is called Rare Tree Nursery. But really, it’s the rare plant material he grows: some 700 varieties of dwarf conifers, plus an assortment of Japanese maples.