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.

                                      E. White Smith: Business manager, customer service, grounds, web site and shipping.

                                      Janice Palmer: Companion plant propagator. 

                                      Sue Randall: Volunteer, companion plants.

                                      Kathy Sorensen: Vireya Specialist.


                                       Our hours are 9 to 5 Wednesday through Saturday and 12 to 5 on Sunday.

                                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     info@bovees.com      Revised February 6th, 2015

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