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Make Your House a Home with Plants! AKA My Favorite Portland Nurseries

By Lauren Dahl, May 28, 2018

A friend of mine who is a stylist at Schoolhouse Electric (LOVE that place) once told me, “When it feels like something’s missing, just add a few plants!” She was totally right – whether it’s your home’s interior or backyard, plants can make a world of difference when it comes to pulling a space together.

I spent a lot of time at Portland’s numerous nurseries and plant shops, and my clients often ask me for my favorites. Honestly, I love them all. But here are some of my go-to spots for various flora needs!

Solabee Flowers & Botanicals
801 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217
Not just a florist shop, Solabee has a fantastic selection of potted plants, too. I love that you can select a gorgeous pot and have them fill it for you right in the store. It’s also just a pleasure to visit here and chat with the friendly staff. This is my go-to spot for client closing gifts!

Portland Nursery
9000 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97266
Portland Nursery has a couple locations around the city, but my personal favorite is the one on Division. It’s the first plant shop I visited when I moved to Portland, and it never disappoints. They have a great selection of indoor plants including bonzai and cacti, and their outdoor garden area is amazing. They have roses, trees, perennials, annuals…you name it. The place is huge – grab a wagon! It’s my default spot for finding treasures to add to my flower beds and containers.

Pistils Nursery
3811 N Mississippi Ave Suite 1, Portland, OR 97227
Pistils provides a sensory plant experience like no other. They offer a curated and gorgeous selection of air plants, houseplants, pots, candles, outdoor plants and more. Whether you’re actually in the market for plants or just want to browse and enjoy your coffee, this is the place to go. Bonus points for going on a rainy, Portland-y day and just enjoying the vibe.

Gardener’s Choice
14240 SW Pacific Hwy, Tigard, OR 97224
If pots are your thing (POTS, not pot), head to Gardener’s Choice in Tigard. It’s a bit of a drive from downtown Portland, but it’s 100% worth it if you are into colorful and BIG pots and outdoor decor. They also have a lot of amazing fountains and other fun pieces to design your dream outdoor haven. Of course, their plant/tree selection is also fantastic, but the real joy of this place lies INSIDE its walls. (Photo from Gardener’s Choice – not my own)

What are YOUR favorite spots for finding plants in Portland? 

Lauren Dahl

Earth Advantage Principal Broker & ADU Specialist

Lauren Dahl moved to SW Portland from the Utah desert in 2014 with her rock-climbing husband, three young children and two cats. A self-confessed pluviophile, Lauren loves the frequent rain, tall trees, vibrant culture and clean air that Portland embodies. Prior to her time in Utah, Lauren grew up in south Alabama and also spent several years in Aspen and Denver, CO. Lauren began her real estate career in 2009 and quickly ramped up to being one of her former brokerage’s top agents. She was named a finalist for the sought-after Rookie of the Year award by the Salt Lake Board of Realtors and also became part-owner and landlord of dozens of rental units ranging from single-family homes to a 15-unit apartment building (all of which she served as the selling agent). When it comes to working with home buyers, Lauren is a visionary who understands that the perfect home is more than just a checklist of features. Whether it’s abundant natural light, a tree-covered landscape, an open floor plan or or a minimalist, modern design, Lauren works tirelessly to find homes that complement her buyers’ lifestyles both now and for many years to come. She spends a great deal of time getting to know her clients as well as previewing homes to make the process more efficient and enjoyable for everyone involved. To the benefit of her sellers, Lauren possesses a unique combination of marketing ability, attention to detail and a love for numbers. She is committed to providing her sellers with up-to-the-minute, comprehensive data so she can further assist them in making pricing and timing decisions. She then puts on her marketing hat to get as many qualified buyers through her listings as possible. Finally, she uses her keen negotiation and communication skills to ensure a smooth transaction right up until closing. Lauren also finds great joy in assisting real estate investors (and aspiring investors!) in pursuing buy-and-hold and renovate/resell (flipping) properties. From the first-time homebuyer looking to maximize her return by purchasing an owner-occupied, four-/tri-/duplex to the seasoned investor looking to fund multiple short-term projects, Lauren has the tenacity and skill to make profitable deals happen. In addition to her experience in real estate, Lauren holds a master’s degree in advertising management from the University of Denver and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alabama in mass communication. An accomplished sewist and knitter, Lauren also makes most of her (and her children’s) clothes. She teaches online sewing pattern drafting courses, designs sewing patterns and was a Janome sewing machines ambassador for two years before transitioning back into real estate. Catch up with Lauren on her Portland real estate blog and website, You can also tune into her YouTube Channel by clicking here.
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