Imagine a nursery in south-east Portland, hidden in a small apartment building on the main street.
Imagine gardening in the same nursery as your garden filled with growing plants – from gardens to pomegranates to countless berries.
I know, grinding a lot.
But you did not know that you were all here in a place where a green world, from the eyes (and the nose and sweets) to a well-selected collection of plants, for food and inedible, soon after more than one customer said “I”.
Initially, the nursery was started by Jim Gilbert, who later sold it to the good family (Kevin Gow started the wine bar Bar Diane in 2019), focusing only on edible plants, trees, shrubs and grapes.
And it still produces more than 1,000 species from almond to yuzu.
While installing landscaping designs for customers who emphasize food plants, they found themselves with unusual Mediterranean-inspired plants to complement the plant gallery, says Sam Hubert, a green world gardener. And that inspired the idea – why don’t we sell those too?
About 70% of the 115,000 plants that a green world sells each year are by mail order, but they have turned the old gravel into an urban farm retail for all those who want first-hand experience in the garden. .
And there is more to a green world than southeast Portland. The owners are renting space to try on olives and pomegranates in Boring and West Hills, and there are plans, Kevin Go, for the Arborretim (vineyard / vegetable / nursery / restaurant) and in Scappoose.
Hubert, who showed us and our grandson Noel around the nursery, loves every single plant, shrub, and tree that grows and sells there, but obviously has a soft spot for figs. Green World has about 50 varieties for sale and 150 different stocks on its website, at least, many of which will eventually be introduced.
“Some say that we have a problem with figs,” he says.
But chief executive Kevin Gou said, “We have a very good fig election in the country.”
And that’s one of the coolest things we have ever seen – if not one – the coolest – tree / shrub selection.
I love this kindergarten !!! Love, love, love it!
Herbs are such an amazing choice. With all their information, I can spend a lot of time reading their catalog, and I dream of planting each and every one of them in our quarter acre garden.
Visiting kindergarten is also fun, but it is dangerous because I somehow convinced myself that I could be in my already overcrowded garden.
On this subject: When we went to a green world to take a photo and interview Sam Hubert for this column, we were able to bring home pineapple and figs to our already full garden.
The nursery raises the first thing and tells me about my childhood.
I grew up in Southern California and lived on the 1 ½ hectare, an unmixed Orange County section of the National Forest.
It is now called urban farming or we are called house orchids. We had one, sometimes two, of every fruit or almond tree you can imagine.
There were oranges, lemons, lemons, grapes, tangerines, many varieties of plums, apricots, peas, avocados, pomegranates, and almonds. And, of course, the fig tree. Not to mention chickens, hives, and horses.
I have such great memories of picking ripe pomegranates from a tree on a horse to reach the top, and then exploring the chaparral accompanied by our dogs.
I climbed the hills with red hands and saw no one in the desert until hours later when I returned home.
Things have changed! Dennis is an urban boy (Dennis is actually a suburban boy) and I am a country boy and somehow we have reached a quarter of a hectare in the planned community. How did this happen?
Our garden is a mixture of our childhood roots.
Our front garden is a California xeric lush that transitions from the Pacific Northwest Mediterranean to the heavy farm city farm.
We raised garden beds that hung over the sea, but throughout the garden, mixed with ornamental grass and plants, they were edible. Blueberries, thorny blackberries, strawberries, strawberries, rhubarb, figs, tomatoes, basil, peppers, and others make their home in our garden.
And they all blend beautifully.
Who says you can’t plant a fig tree properly in a lush garden? That is a green world. You do not have to grow your own orchard or garden bed. The tendency is to combine things.
Consider planting that beautiful fig tree or perhaps a lock or olive tree instead of the Japanese maple in your garden. It will be amazing and at the end of the summer when the fruit is ripe you can enjoy fried figs with soup and balsam.
Think of blueberries or unripe huckleberry or fennel instead of barberry, or try mixing it with clematis from your vine.
If you visit a green world, I guarantee you will not come home empty-handed. And if you don’t have space in your garden, remove that last lawn and plant a permanent bed in the middle of the fig tree, called a blue straw fence.
In a short time, you will serve roasted figs for dinner.
Easy to grow (person)
Horticulture expert Sam Hubert (who also studied jazz), says he grows big on fruit trees (“You should not start every year as you do on vegetables”) and a green world trying to “teach people.” Raising Things Is Easy ”
- Varieties of Berries – Great for beginners, many varieties of blueberries, cane fruits, gooseberries and curves require a little summer watering (plants, not for beginners). And a green world will not sell them until they are ready for a new home. (Hubert says, “For the first time, we are sure to sell and discourage gardeners who do not kill.”)
- Olives, figs – yes we can grow them here and they don’t need a lot of water. And no spraying.
- Pomegranate – The shrubs bear beautiful flowers, and Hubert says they are much easier to grow than peach.
- Sea buckthorn – respected for its ornamental value and sweet, healthy fruits, these are not only grown in poor soils, they can really improve the soil.
- Table grapes: Seedless, disease-tolerant species are easy to grow and can add beauty to any landscape when cultivated on an arbor, fence or trellis.
Considering his interest in them, it is okay to include figs in this category, although the three agree that Hubert’s mantra: “You can have a beautiful tree and eat it.”
- Figs: Dozens of figs to choose from in their catalog and in kindergarten at a real fig festival (pre-covid at least, and may fall early this fall), they know figs. They are easy to grow and delicious and make for a beautiful little tree for almost any garden.
- Pineapple Guava – Popular in Brazil A green world had to increase its “crazy” expansion. This beautiful, broad-leaved evergreen shrub has white-silver undersides. The wonderful flowers are as edible as the fruit.
- Locate: This small, medium-sized tree from East Asia produces tropical-looking leaves, apricot-like fruit, and is ideal for dry northwestern summers.
- Evergreen huckleberries: Native and popular among buyers. A green world is made up of many species and is working to develop more large fruits.
- Mackie Berry: Also known as Chilean Berry, the tree is 12-15 feet tall and shows juicy berries. “We can’t grow enough of them,” says Hubert.
- The Suhosin Strawberry Tree: It is not a strawberry, it is a small relative that produces a small, strawberry-like fruit. Very popular in Central Asia and the Middle East.
- Ronde de Bordo figs: One of Habert’s favorites, ripe earlier than most figs – think August – and shows dark-skinned figs. In fact, we planted it in our garden, according to Hubert. Our neighbor, the fig tree, whom everyone called the “village fig,” died, but now we will have a fig tree to share in a few years.
- Yuzu Echandrin. Cold hard citrus, three-inch diameter fruit has a lemon-lemon flavor and ripens in winter.
We asked Sam Hubert what fruit trees people should think of, and he came up with the following list (note that two are not yet sold in the green world but may be available this fall or early spring).
- Citrumelo: This grape grows up to 8-12 feet tall and is very strong. The fruit is like a cross between a lemon and a grape.
- Culinary Pineapple Guava: One of the best to grow in the Northwest (now Dennis), it is both early maturing and self-sufficient and produces large, sweet flowers and fruits.
- Argelino locust: This broad-leaved tree produces large, fragrant flowers, followed by large, orange fruits. (Not currently available).
- Black Made figs – This fruit is considered by many to be the best tasting figs and is essential for fig producers and collectors.
- Negra d’Agde fig: Originally from France, its fruit is dark and tart (not currently available).
- Salavatsky pomegranate – One of the strongest, at temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, it bears great fruit.
A green world
Location: 6469 SE 134th Avenue, Portland
Hours: Daily from 10 am-5pm