It is tricky sometimes to pick out a good nursery to buy plants. Having ordered from many different places, I put together the following list for my ‘go to’ sources of seeds and plants that I used when installing permaculture style edible forest gardens here in the arid temperate steppes of Western Colorado.
I’m sure there are more great resources out there and I’d love to know about them.
Burnt Ridge is by far my favorite source for perennial ‘permaculture’ plants. They have a great selection of fruit, nuts, berries, nitrogen fixers and other unusual native plants and berries. Their shipping methods are excellent and the plants are large and healthy.
Paonia Farm and Home Organics:
Paonia, 719 2nd St. 527-3522
Our local source and amazing selection of soil amendments.
In the spring they carry seedlings of many permaculture plants grown by Wind Clearwater.
Focused on interesting edible tree species and varieties.
Most of their plants are not regionally adapted and I was not happy with their shipping methods of live plants.
But, since they have rare and interesting stuff like Yellowhorn and Burr/gamble oak crosses I have ordered from them.
Suggest ordering from them only in the late winter when their plants are dormant.
People have asked me about Raintree Nursery and having ordered 3-4 times from them I DO NOT recommend Raintree. In my experience, their plants are undersized, not healthy, and poorly packaged when shipped. Their amazing catalog makes it very tempting and they have a solid guarantee which they honor to replace plants that die. However, replacing dead trees does not give you back the hours and effort of planting them or the season lost while you wait for replacements the following year.