Retail Nursery Spotlight – Blooming Junction
A complete garden center on a beautiful old farmstead, offering perennials, herbs, edible plants, grasses, shade trees, shrubs and annuals, plus farm grown produce and locally sourced grocery items and feeds.
35105 N.W. Zion Church Road, Cornelius, Oregon 97113
Open seasonally from March to December from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, plus longer hours in season.
What can you tell us about Blooming Junction?
Our garden center is located on a beautiful old farmstead, with a wonderful rustic aesthetic. Calm and peace envelope the visitor for a delightful shopping experience. We pride ourselves on the quality of all of our offerings; plants and food in particular!
Our customer service staff is also knowledgeable and helpful.
We specialize in plants that offer good performance in our climate zone; particularly summer drought tolerant plants. We offer an exceptional variety and selection of hardy perennials, herbs and grasses and a very good selection of shade trees, shrubs, edibles and annuals.
Our biggest seller is echinaceas! We offer 39 varieties! We sell a lot of gorgeous hardy fuchsias, too.
To go with your beautiful plants, we offer herbicides and pesticides, seed and garden soils and garden art and décor, including fountains and Vietnamese pottery.
What do you offer besides plants and gardening supplies?
We also grow and sell a wide range of mostly organically grown produce, grown on our farm as season allows and augmented with other sources that are as local to us as possible. We offer other grocery items as well, such as local milk, eggs, salad dressings, jam, honey and much more. Our feed store sells our own timothy hay, Scratch and Peck natural feeds and more.
We know you must carry a good selection of edible plants for the garden, so people can grow their own food at home in any size space, small or large.
You bet. We offer blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, citrus, rhubarb, asparagus, prunes, apples, kiwi, pears, horseradish, herbs, vegetable transplants and more. All are popular and increasingly so, as people are more concerned with where their food is coming from!
What’s your advice to the beginning or experienced gardener?
We offer classes on vegetable gardening, food preservation methods (canning, pickling, dehydrating, etc.), perennial border planning and development, creating a personal refuge, and garden crafts to name a few.
Our advice to the beginner is to buy good quality plants that are well-grown and you are much more likely to be successful. Often the inexpensive plants at big box stores fail and give beginners a sense that they have failed — that they have a “black” thumb! Do yourself a favor and start with a solid, healthy plant that has not just come from a greenhouse!
What is the most common quandary your customers find themselves in?
Most customers come in with an area they are wanting to plant, re-work, or modify. They come in with a “problem” — “What should I plant there?”
After learning about their area — exposure, space and so forth, and the colors they are interested in seeing there — we are nearly always able to help them find suitable plants they are excited about!
How has gardening changed over the last five years?
We are seeing more active interest in gardening. More men, more young people , more people in general are discovering the joy and healing powers of growing things! There seems to be a resurgence in interest in planting perennial plants, as opposed to annuals, as well.
At the same time, there are some things that never change. There’s always been interest in delphiniums, tough and beautiful groundcovers, Japanese maples and lavender. Those don’t seem to go out of style.
For Millennials, what’s the typical entry path to gardening?
The current generation seems to begin by growing some item of food, then mixing food plants in with other ornamental plants in the landscape. From there, they seem to become more involved in their ornamental landscape, and creating a personal refuge. They seem to be very open to and interested in developing a relationship with nature and with growing things.
Houseplants are really popular right now, particularly among Millennials. Do you carry them?
We will soon! As of spring 2019, we carry plants that do well indoors, but we do not have a houseplant section per se. But stay tuned! We will be building a greenhouse later this year and expect to have a great selection of houseplants this coming fall.