NORTH KITSAP NURSERYS & GARDENS
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NORTH KITSAP'S PLANT NURSERIES
North Kitsap County’s lush landscape suggests the obvious — this is a happy place for plants. World-famous botanical gardens like Heronswood and the popular Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour draw visitors who appreciate the Puget Sound area’s incredible natural beauty.
The area is also home to excellent plant nurseries where Master Gardeners share their knowledge about native flora, as well as which non-natives are best suited to our mild climate. In addition to a wide selection of plants and gardening supplies, local nurseries are a great destination for stylish home décor, a latté or lunch! The next time you’re looking for an enjoyable afternoon, consider this roster of North Kitsap retail nurseries.
1. BAINBRIDGE GARDENS
Bainbridge Island — For nearly 60 years, Junkoh and Christina Harui have nurtured countless green thumbs at their destination nursery. This lovely six-acre site boasts native plants, hard-to-find varietals, large specimen trees and an extensive gift shop. The 2015 recipient of the Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association’s “Environmental Excellence Award,” Bainbridge Gardens specializes in organic alternatives to control weeds and pests and doesn’t sell chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Stop by for their weekly classes or lunch at New Rose Café.
Open 9AM-5:30PM (10AM-4PM Sundays)
2. BAY HAY & FEED
Bainbridge Island — The Bainbridge Island community of Rolling Bay has its very own post office and an old-fashioned farm store. The latter was established in 1979 by Howard Block and Ce-Ann Parker. Today, Bay Hay & Feed still sells a wide selection of plants, locally-grown seeds, baby chicks, garden tools and supplies, not to mention their iconic sweatshirts and tees. Recently, “The Market” was opened to sell locally-produced organic produce, bread, milk, eggs and meat for meal prep back home.
Open 9AM-5:30PM (10AM-4PM Sundays)
3. OLMSTED'S NURSERY
Poulsbo — It’s hard to miss the red water tower at the corner of Highway 305 and Hostmark St. The big standpipe marks the latest spot for Sean and Veronica Olmsted’s retail nursery and landscape services. While the new Olmsted’s is smaller than the original Silverdale nursery, the convenient location still carries a good selection of tried-and-true bedding plants, hanging baskets and flagstone, as well as Amish food and a revolving inventory of fresh seasonal produce.
Open 9AM-5PM (10AM-5PM Sundays)
4. SAVAGE PLANTS & LANDSCAPE
Kingston — For a slightly different take on the retail nursery experience, stop by Savage Plants. Savage’s stock may be less extensive than other area nurseries, but the family-run nursery carries exquisite specimen Japanese maples and conifers. The attractive grounds also feature a wide selection of hardscape design features, including trellises and garden sculptures. Inside you’ll find a well-appointed gift shop and a select line of gardening products, like Dr. Earth potting soils and composts.
Open 9AM-4PM, Closed Sundays
5. VALLEY NURSERY
Poulsbo — Just off the busy intersection of Highway 305 and Bond Road in Poulsbo, a huge cedar troll beckons customers to Valley Nursery. “Valnur” oversees one of the County’s largest purveyors of plants, supplies and glazed outdoor pottery. Grab one of their red wagons and roll your way around six acres of perennials, annuals, dwarf and unusual conifers and roses specific to our damp climate. Valley’s on-site Certified Professional Horticulturalists are a wonderful resource. Look to them to resolve your latest horticultural conundrum!