Hosts of today’s nursery tour, OAN member Steve Catts of Twin Springs Nursery and Joe DeCarli of Brentano’s Tree Farm, addressed the attendees on the way to our first stop. The duo quizzed attendees on Oregon factoids such as the state flower (Mahonia, Oregon grape) and state animal (beaver).
Sanders explained the farm was started in early 1980s. Its built its reputation on specialized sculptured product such as animal shapes, collections for the patio, screens (such as the one shown on the left) which are great in small spaces for blocking out neighbors, and European hedges, using plant material such as Pyracantha, Carpinus, beech, and bloodgood Japanese maple trees. Geometrical shapes is another new line they started last year.
The main buyers of the screens are restaurants. They have about a two-year shelf life in cedar boxes before they need to be replanted in the ground.
In total, the farm is 450 acres, with 110 acres devoted to pot-in-pot. They started off with just five acres of pot-in-pot.
“Pot-in-pot has opened up a lot of business opportunities for us,” said Sanders. “We’re able to ship yearly, even through summertime.”