Greetings to Plant Lovers Everywhere    October 2013



"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, NY, NY, 10028).


We specialize in rare and unusual rock garden plants and dwarf plants, including a large selection of Vacciniums, Gaultheria and other Ericaceous plants.  Over the next two years we will be reducing our propagation of these plants as we focus more on 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 the garden was started in 1952 by Bob and Gertrude Bovee 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 the 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.

Our hours  are from 9 to 5, everyday except for Monday and Tuesday.  We are closed during August and until September 15th plus the month of January, except by appointment.

HOW TO GET TO THE NURSERY: We are located between SW Lancaster and Arnold Roads., off of SW 16th Drive. We are just north of Lake Oswego off of Boones Ferry. Please consult a map, or your GPS or call for more specific help. 1737 SW Coronado, Portland, Or  97219       503-244-9341    

From I-5 South Bound: Take Terwilliger exit (#297) and cross over the freeway bridge eastbound. Continue through the Burlingame district and take the RIGHT FORK (onto Boones Ferry) in the road when it branches at a stop light. At the bottom of the hill turn RIGHT onto Arnold and go up to 16th. Turn left and go two blocks to Coronado St.

From I-5 North Bound: Take lake Oswego/Durham Exit and follow Boones Ferry north through Lake Grove and continue north on Boones Ferry to Stephenson St. (blinking yellow light) and turn left. Watch for our signs and turn right on Lancaster and then right on 16th.  One block to Coronado St.

Our e-mail address is A very good Vireya Internet web site is Also see this Web site for parentage and photos of plants listed in this catalog. For Vireya seed worldwide, write to Jane Adams.  PO Box 1387 Pahoa, Hawaii, 96778 or E-mail at


George Watson: Retired, Consultant.

Lucie Sorensen-Smith: Propagator, Vireya manager, Web site writer.

Janice Palmer: Companion plant propagator.

E. White Smith: Computer, Grounds, Customer service, Shipping, Vireya Vine Newsletter.

Sue Randall: Volunteer, Companion plants.

Kathy Sorensen:  Volunteer.