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1920 Northwest 18th Avenue
Northwest District, OR, 97209

503-490-6866

Pomarius Nursery is a retail nursery, open to the public, in Northwest Portland, Oregon.  We are renowned for our garden design services.

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Pomarius is always happy to take applications for Experienced Retail Nursery Sales Associates & Production Assistants

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Experienced Retail Nursery Sales Associate:

Candidate with extensive plant knowledge and proven sales ability please apply.  This position is full time.  Candidate should possess a strong understanding of both indoor and outdoor plants, the retail nursery business in general, and hold excellent communication skills.  This associate should quickly be able to understand & promote the heart of the business and want to exceed sales goals.  The focus will be plant/hard good sales however, associate will be expected to handle watering, cleaning, organizing, etc to fill in the gaps.  Someone willing to pitch in where needed, has a positive attitude, and loves plants will succeed at Pomarius.  An open schedule is necessary especially in the spring & summer, we can not stress this enough. Please be able to work weekends, we are a retail nursery open from 10am - 6pm often times working earlier or later than retail hours. Candidates should come with at least three professional references and resume should show proven sales experience within a retail nursery setting.  Compensation commensurate with experience.  Please send resume and references to pomariusgreenhouse@icloud.com.  

Production Assistant:

Pomarius Nursery is searching for a full-time production & customer service assistant. We're looking for a well rounded individual to join our small, yet ambitious team. Candidates should possess a particular plant nursery acumen. This position is rooted in production, the majority of time spent will be in maintaining, including watering, stocking, and potting plant material. Applicants with solid plant & environments knowledge are requested (must be able to identify a variety of plant species & make appropriate plant recommendations). An open schedule is necessary especially in the spring & summer, we can not stress this enough. Please be able to work weekends, we are a retail nursery open from 10am - 6pm often times working earlier or later than retail hours.

Necessary skills:

  • Reliable, solid work ethic.

  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds.

  • Ability to work in the elements and stand for a substantial amount of time.

  • Attention to detail and can follow direction.

  • Able to handle multiple projects and multiple clients without getting flustered.

  • Retail nursery experience including cashiering and service.

  • Ability to manage a combination of personalities (clients & co-workers).

  • Can handle labor for off-site jobs.

  • Proven ability with container gardening.

  • Willing to pitch in anywhere.

We'll be delighted to respond to resumes identifying the above knowledge and skills. Please submit a resume or combination of cover letter and resume showing your applicable work experience. Professional references are appreciated.  Letters of recommendation are a big plus. pomariusgreenhouse@icloud.com.  Pomarius has been in business in NW Portland since 2002. Please feel free to take a look at our website to get a better idea if we are a good fit for you. www.pomariusnursery.com. Wage $13-$15/hr commensurate with experience. Thanks for your interest. We look forward to meeting you.

 

2018 Event Calendar

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2018

ALL EVENTS TAKE PLACE UNDER the Canopy UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

June 16 | 9am | Yoga SeriesVinyasa in the Garden with Sarah Robinette

June 30 - July 3 | 10am | Summer Sale

July 7 | 11am | Free Educational Seminar: Designing with Succulents

August 4 | 11am | Free Educational Seminar: Color in the Garden, choosing the best plants to prolong that summer color

September 1 | 11am | Free Educational Seminar: Designing fall wreaths & arrangements

October 6 | 11am | Free Educational Seminar: Arbutus Unedo - in the Garden & the Kitchen

October 20 | 11am | Family *Heirloom Pumpkin* Carving !Party!

November 3 | 11am | Free Educational Seminar: Bonsai with Frank & Sheri Cole

November 24 | 10am | 2nd Annual Pomarius & Friends . Holiday Bazaar

December 1 | 11am | Free Educational Seminar: TBD

Summer Vegetable Gardening

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Growing summer vegetables here in the Pacific Northwest can be a bit tricky, not just for new gardeners, but for experienced gardeners as well. Our frequent warm and sunny days in early spring lure us out to shop for plants, and with tomato and basil starts for sale right out front at many big box stores it is easy to be tempted into a purchase. The hard truth is that without some kind of protection for these plants until summer arrives, their health and productivity is likely to be reduced. This year was the perfect example; we had five 80-plus degree days in May with nights above 50 degrees, but, as Western Oregon’s weather is prone to do in spring, we had returned to cool temps and chilly nights by month’s end. Summer vegetables do not like these conditions, and their growth may be arrested as a result. Perhaps even more importantly, plants in less than ideal conditions are more prone to disease throughout the growing season. The good news is that these issues are easily avoided by waiting to plant your summer vegetables until nights are consistently 50 degrees or above, which on average happens in the month of June.

What does that mean? It means that it is absolutely not too late to plant summer vegetables! June is actually the ideal time to plant many crops, including tomatoes, squash and zucchini, melon, peppers, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, basil, and many other herbs. If you have summer crops that you planted early and you fear they are struggling, consider replacing them with new starts. Keep in mind that if you purchased a tomato plant that had been sitting outside of a retail store in chilly, spring conditions, it was likely affected by the cold for days or even weeks before you purchased it. Starts that are available for sale now have surely seen more sun and warmer temps that those that were offered for sale back in April.

Now that you know it is not too late to plant a summer garden, be sure to prepare your planting area by adding compost and an organic fertilizer (follow the package instructions). We recommend and carry planting compost and fertilizer from E.B. Stone. If your soil is not heavily compacted, such as in a raised bed or undisturbed area of your yard, there is no need to rototill or dig excessively to loosen the soil, in fact, excessive disturbance to the soil is becoming increasingly discouraged as we learn more and more about its complex web of life. Using a tool like a flat fork (which looks similar to a pitchfork but with flattened rather than rounded tines), simply insert the fork approximately every 6 inches and gently rock it back and forth. Not only is this technique easy on the soil's organisms, but it does a fine job or dispersing the compost and fertilizer into the top 6 inches of soil for planting. Now, simply plant your starts and water them in thoroughly. With the benefit of warm temperatures already having arrived, you’ll be enjoying fresh food from your garden in no time!

 

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Here are just a few of the unique varieties of summer starts available at the nursery:

Tomato ‘Dancing with Smurfs’: A blue cherry tomato with red flesh. Incredible taste and high levels of anthocyanins which are responsible for the deep indigo color and are believed to offer a wide array of health benefits. Developed through traditional breeding, these draw their color from wild tomatoes found on the Galapagos Islands.

Basil ‘Fino Verde’: A compact, small-leaved basil bush growing 18 - 24 inches tall. Leaves are spicy sweet and add classic flavor to pasta and soups. Also sprinkle the leaves on salad or rice.

Cucumber ‘Diva’: Simply delectable, with thin, tender skin, crisp flesh, and a flavor that combines sweetness with a crisp cucumber bite impossible to find in supermarket varieties today. No wonder it was a 2002 All-American selection!

Pumpkin ‘Snowball’: Short vines with glowing white, 10” x 7” fruits that hold their unique color. Very productive and are not only decorative, but edible.

Tomato ‘Patio’: A favorite of those who enjoy container gardening or have limited space. Medium-sized fruits are delicious for fresh eating. Grow in full sun for sweetest flavor. No stalking required.

Yoga Series...

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Vinyasa in the Garden

with SARAH ROBINETTE

 

Pomarius is teaming up with Sarah Robinette of Tiny Bench Yoga for a morning of vinyasa in the garden. Enjoy 75 minutes of movement on the Pomarius garden patio. Participants are welcomed to browse the nursery, sip on complimentary tea, and take advantage of a special event rate of 20% off plants after class.  Click on image to register via Eventbrite. 

More dates TBD

Drought-Tolerant Favorites at Pomarius

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Much attention has been brought to drought-tolerant plants in our area over the last several years, and rightly so. Not only are these plants easy care, but many are absolutely stunning additions to the garden. A variety of natives fit the bill, including arctostaphylos, lewisia, ribes, and mahonia, all providing ease and beauty in the garden while simultaneously attracting native pollinators. In addition, a tremendous variety of water-wise plants originating from California all the way to Tasmania have been popularized over the last decade, and many have proven to thrive in Portland's climate, including but not limited to ceanothus, leptospermum (tea tree), callistemon, and grevillea. We've reached a magical moment where a Portland gardener could plant an entire, sunny yard with a tremendous variety of plants and trees and have no problem getting away with watering just a handful of times throughout the summer, with wonderful results. What a time to be alive!

We've culled together a grouping of several of our most tried-and-true drought tolerant plants for you to peruse. We hope you see something you can't live without and will visit the nursery to pick up something new. Our summers certainly don't look to be getting any cooler, so any movement toward a drier garden is undoubtedly a smart one.

 Arctostaphylos 'Sunset'

Arctostaphylos 'Sunset'

Arctostaphylos (Manzanita): Seeing more and more Manzanitas pop up around the Portland area couldn't make us happier. These majestic evergreens, once thought to be too fussy to grow in our climate, have proven wildly successful in our native soil. Very early blooms (late winter/early spring) provide some of the first food of the year for hummingbirds, and vigorous leaf growth follows. Perhaps the most well-known Manzanita in our area is 'Uva-Ursi,' a common groundcover for full sun, but the variety of Manzanitas that will thrive in our area is large and varied - some are even tree-like, growing quickly to 8 or 10 feet tall. Many varieties of Manzanita have extremely attractive, mahogany-colored bark, which is easily exposed by trimming off a few of the lowest branches for the first several years after planting. A few of our favorites varieties for bark color are 'Howard McMinn' and 'Austin Griffiths'. Other Manzanitas are most beloved for their tough-yet-attractive foliage, including 'Sunset', which features unique and lovely coppery-orange new growth, and 'Pacific Mist, a low-growing shrub with long, blue leaves and purple stems for contrast. If you haven't yet added a Manzanita to your sun garden, it's an easy choice. With such a wide variety of shapes and sizes, there is always a Manzanita that fits the bill. 

 Yucca inflorescence, with Yarrow and Tea Tree in the background

Yucca inflorescence, with Yarrow and Tea Tree in the background

Yucca: Yuccas are a wonderful addition to the drought-tolerant garden because of their unique architecture. Tall, rigid, semi-spheres of spikes look striking in groups as well as when paired with visually softer companion plants like lavender, sage, amsonia, yarrow, and leptospermum (tea tree). Yucca rostrata is perhaps the boldest variety that thrives here in the Pacific NW, forming a large trunk over time, which, by raising the foliage off the ground, allows the Yucca's spikes to form a striking blue sphere easily four or more feet across. 'Color Guard' is another favorite, with its bold, bright yellow stripes, and 'Golden Sword' is another dramatic option, with alternating blue, green, and pale yellow striping. Still on the fence about yuccas? Wait until you see the flower! After a period of establishment (typically just one to two years), full-sun yuccas will produce an incredibly dramatic flower stalk, or inflorescence, each summer, which is covered in dozens if not hundreds of gorgeous, creamy-colored flowers. We think yucca is worth growing for this dramatic show alone.

Sedum and Sempervivum: The tremendous variety of these hardy succulents available to us here in the Pacific NW makes it impossible not to find several must-haves. These plants are available in a range of colors and textures, feature polite spreading behavior, and couldn't be easier to propagate - what more could one ask for in the garden? One of our most beloved is the native Sedum 'Cape Blanco' with its powdery blue mounded foliage, which takes on a purple hue as the cooler weather arrives. Sedum 'Angelina', with its brilliant chartreuse needles, makes a lovely contrast to dark-leaved shrubs, and a new arrival at the nursery, Sedum 'Tricolor' features green and white variegation with pink leaf edges - a unique combination all in one darling package. Sempervivum 'Mrs. Guiseppe' is another favorite, with its taller-than-average blue-green rosettes spiked with purple tips. Sempervivum are often called Hen and Chicks because of the way they reproduce, which makes them ideal plants for containers. We love the way they quickly fill a space and politely creep over the edges in their unique way.

Salvia: Salvias are wonderful, extremely long-flowering plants that thrive in hot and dry conditions, making them a great choice for tough spots in the garden. While many Salvias are hardy in out climate, some not-so-tough varieties can be grown as annuals here and are well worth it. The variety of flower colors within this genus is incredible diverse, 'May Night' features dense spikes of deep indigo flowers and fresh, fragrant foliage. 'Heatwave Glimmer' boasts masses of creamy white flowers and a lovely purple-black calyx. The bright magenta, tubular flowers of 'Wendy's Wish' protrude from dusty pink bracts on maroon stems - those who don't believe themselves a fan of pink flowers may change their minds after setting eyes on Wendy. Plant any of these Salvias now and you (and your neighborhood hummingbirds) will enjoy their flowers well into fall.

 Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'