MsK Rare and Native Plant Nursery is open year-round. Visit us to find PNW natives and rare and unusual species to bring home to your own garden. We are located in the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, giving you the unique opportunity to see what many of your young plants will look as mature specimens.
The way we grow is as natural as possible, incorporating organic fertilizers, and shying away from any chemical products. We’ve often been given great feedback on our plants overall health and robustness. Remember, the MsK Nursery is open year round, and the same hours as the garden, Friday through Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm, Spring and Summer hours.
Plant availability is subject to seasonal availability. Currently, we are stocked on spring ephemerals such as Erythroniums, Primula, Camassia, and Dodecatheon. Additionally, you’ll find flowering currant, sword fern, evergreen huckleberry, and mahonia. We also have a wide selection of hardy evergreen, and deciduous shrub species, many propagated from our own collection. Moreover, you’ll also find interesting ferns, rock garden plants, and choice perennials and herbs for a variety of habitats.
MsK Nursery is founded on the passion for native flora. Our goal is to continue offering quality native plants for the home gardener and enthusiast. In addition to the expected repertoire of the native plant palette, we strive to keep our propagation efforts up on the harder to find, unusual native plants.
If you are a regular to the garden, and the nursery, you may have noticed that we are changing our layout. In order to reduce our footprint on the garden, we are consolidating our nursery to the upper garden area. The lower nursery was always the ‘go to’ spot for our natives, as there has always been more sun for them to bask in down there. But with our recent restructuring of the courtyard area, we have moved the bulk of what we have in stock to the upper nursery area. It will take time to downsize our inventory, so we appreciate you patience during these changes. We have also attempted to alphabetize most of our nursery benches, when feasible, to make it easier to shop and find things. Of course, if you have any plants you need help locating, please feel free to ask our knowledgeable staff.
MsK Rare and Native plant nursery has always been a source for unusual and interesting plant species. With over 2000 species in the garden’s collection (Art and Mareen were quite the collectors!) there is never a shortage of plants to propagate and introduce to the gardening public. In fact, that is precisely how the nursery came into existence. Mareen Kruckeberg was an extraordinary propagator of many hard-to-find plants and began to offer her ‘extras’ to friends and colleagues within the horticultural community. Eventually, she began a yearly tradition of opening the garden to the public on Mother’s Day weekend, to sell her special plants. This led to the official incorporation of the MsK Nursery in 1969. Mareen’s legacy can also be seen in our annual Mother’s Day Sale, which continues to this day, thanks to the efforts of many volunteers and the support of our greater community.
Mareen was a skilled botanical illustrator, and even had her own greeting cards printed with many of her striking illustrations, including of the rare species. She was also talented at growing ferns from spore, a tradition that we have lovingly carried on in the nursery. What we offer in terms of rarities does change throughout the year, so if your looking for something unique, please check with us and see if we have what your looking for.
We partner with local nurseries to offer you an intriguing and unique variety of plants. Currently, we are offering choice species, and a few tried and trusted varieties from Far Reaches Farm, Sundquist Nursery, and Tadpole Haven Native Plants. Through this new partnering model, we are able to bring in new and interesting species that we wouldn’t normally have in our inventory. This also helps us to augment our own offerings, and continue to propagate the hard to find, rare plants that have come to be the niche of our nursery.