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"The Librarians" season 3, episode 8  "And the Eternal Question"

Last July, 70% of the TV program "The Librarians" was filmed at Rare Plant Research! It aired Sunday January 8th at 8pm on TNT. Follow the link to see it at tntdrama.com/shows/the-librarians.html

"The Librarians are lead to a holistic spa that is run by vampires when a rash of people spontaneously combust."  The "spa" is our place.

Our gardens will be open during our normal wine tasting hours in our winery, Villa Catalana Cellars, Saturdays from 1 to 4pm.  $10 tasting fee.


 Foreign Orders: please e-mail us to make sure we can ship to your country.

 Annual Open Nursery

Our annual open nursery will be May 20 and 21, 2017 from 11am to 4pm. The nursery is currently closed but the gardens are open Saturdays from 1 to 4pm when our winery tasting room is open. The tropical plant conservatory is also open at the same time.  


Rare Plant Research rents Villa Catalana Gardens in the summer for a limited number of special events such as weddings, celebration dinners and receptions.

To request more information, please e-mail us at rareplant@gmail.com

To view photos from some of our favorite gardens, visit our Photo Gallery of International Gardens  - Click Here

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Spring is in full swing at Rare Plant Research and Villa Catalana Cellars. The Laburnum allee is in bloom, the Cannas are up and the olive trees are leafing out after losing most of their leaves in last Decembers deep freeze. In the deep freeze we lost a Jubea chilensis. We are a little colder then Portland (we had a low of 8f to Portland's 12f)  and probably it would have made it in Portland. It...read more
Posted on 12 May 2014 | 9:02 am

FALL 2013
Fall is here and the days are short and cold. Daylight Savings time is gone, the garden has frozen back and it is time to slow down and get ready for winter. Before the fall rains came we harvested our Bhut Jalocia and Scorpion chiles and made hot sauce. The chiles are some of the hottest in the world and are many times hotter then habaneros. The sauce is so hot, one drop is enough. One bottle is...read more
Posted on 24 November 2013 | 10:36 pm

Huge Bromeliad Blooms!
Alcanterea imperialis is blooming at Rare Plant Research. This is one of the world's largest bromeliads outside of the genus Puya. It is native to the hills near Rio de Janiero and grows 4-6 feet wide and the bloom stalk grows up to ten feet high. It grows on rocky cliffs and the roots attach to the rock face which holds the rosette up-right. The roots do not absorb nutrients like most plants,...read more
Posted on 13 May 2013 | 9:34 pm

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