Rare Plant Research




Annual Open nursery and garden May 21 and 22 from 11am to 4pm

Join us for our Annual Open Nursery & Garden event. We are only open one weekend a year and one Saturday in June. This is the event not to miss. We have thousands of plants and specialize in rare and unusual plants for your garden and patio. We have 1000's of the Oregon native Lewisia to choose from. We have been making some unusual concrete pots that will be available for purchase.

Last year so many of you attended, we have expanded lunch and wine tasting options. Both will be available at the nursery and in the garden and conservatory. Chef Dave Clark will be working his food magic for a reasonably priced lunch.

This year Mariusz Rynkiewicz from Seattle will again feature his beautiful garden glass art. Jerad Goodman of Morgan St. Theater will offer  his cutting edge ice cream delights.

The garden will be open for strolling and you can see our winter project- an iron dragon which guards the grotto. Also new is our front courtyard on based on a South of France theme. We have plenty of parking in our field and ask that you not park on Criteser road as it impeds other drivers. Join us and get inspired!   





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.


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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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