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Welcome to The Bovees Nursery
In Search of the Uncommon in our 63rd year
Growers of rare rock garden and woodland plants and semi-tropical rhododendrons (Vireyas).
“Gardeners are the happiest of people because the creation of beauty and
raising of food is one of the most profound joys of life”
(Quote from ‘The Avant Gardener’ ‘The Unique Gardener News Service’
PO Box 489, New York, NY 10028).
We specialize in rare and unusual rock garden plants and dwarf shrubs, including a
large selection of Vacciniums, Gaultherias and other Ericaceous plants. We are reducing
our propagation of these plants and are focusing on woodland perennials and our
semi-tropical rhododendrons, the Vireya rhododendrons.
At Bovees we have a commitment as a specialty nursery to offer a unique selection
of plants many of which are rarely found in garden centers or other catalogs. For those
who may be interested, the actual nursery is quite small, less than two acres, but most of
the plants are produced here, propagated from stock plants growing in our beautiful
woodland setting. When Bob and Gertrude Bovee started the garden in 1952 as a
retirement business, they chose the finer forms of rare trees, shrubs and vines to join their
collection of rhododendrons and azaleas.
We are growing the largest collection of the vireya rhododendrons (semi-tropical) in
North America. We are always pleased to have you visit the greenhouse where you will
find wonderful surprises blooming any month of the year, many with delightful fragrance.
George Watson: Original partner – passed away in January 2014.
Lucie Sorensen-Smith: Owner, propagator, vireya manager, web site writer.
Kathy Sorensen: Support Staff
Our hours are 12 to 5 Wednesday through Sunday. Please contact us if you would like to come earlier.
We are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and during January, and August through
September 15th, except by appointment.
Shortia uniflora R. jasminiflorum (a Vireya)
HOW TO GET TO THE NURSERY: We are located between SW Lancaster and
Arnold Road. off of SW 16th Dr. We are just north of Lake Oswego off of Boones Ferry
Rd. Pease consult a map, your GPS or call for more specific help. Our address is 1737
SW Coronado St., Portland, OR 97219. Our phone number is 503.244.9341.
From I-5 South Bound: Take the Terwilliger exit (297) and cross the bridge going
eastbound. Continue on Terwilliger through the Burlingame area and take the right
fork onto Boones Ferry Rd. when it branches at a stoplight. At the bottom of the hill
turn right onto Arnold Rd. and continue to 16th Dr. and then turn left and go two blocks
to Coronado St.
From I-5 North Bound: Take the Lake Oswego/Durham Exit ( ) and follow
Boones Ferry Rd. north through Lake Grove and continue north to SW Stephenson St.
and turn left watching for our sign. Turn right onto Lancaster Rd. and then right on
16th Dr. The nursery is on the corner of 16th and Coronado Street.
The Bovees Nursery
1737 SW Coronado St. Portland, Oregon 97219
1-866-652-3219 or 503-244-9341
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Revised February 6th, 2015