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Abies spectabilis

Abies spectabilis

June 2014

My Fellow Conifer Enthusiasts:

I have been collecting conifers and other companion plants for the 33 years here at Porterhowse Farms. The plants in the collection have matured nicely, and it is a pleasure to stroll the pathways of the display gardens and be witness to the changes. Gardens are dynamic and changes occur. Some of the plants in the collection have been removed due to over-crowding, or natural occurrences, like winter storms. The remaining collection looks very good and always is a joy for me to show to visitors. Also, as I am able, I continue to add new items to the collection.

With the assistance of the Rita and Randy Oster, and the employees at R&R Nursery, we propagate from this collection, and they can offer plants wholesale, while I can offer the same plants retail. I am able to draw on the available stock at their nursery for my sales, as well as the stock on hand here at Porterhowse Farms. The Availability List posted on this site reflects the plants available at both nurseries. Many items are only available in limited quantities. If you see an item in the database, but not listed as available, ask and I will see if I can find it. Some plants have not been listed as available as we try to build more stock for future sales.

This website reflects my years of collecting conifers and other companion plants. More than 2500 species and varieties of conifers are represented in the collection, plus numerous companion plants. To view a descriptive page and possible photo of the conifers in the collection, click on the tab on the home page above: "Database". Each plant in this list has a separate descriptive page, with information that I have assembled about that particular plant. This is a dynamic work, always under construction, as I add information to the individual pages, and possibly a photo. I am making the best effort to be accurate and factual about the plants in the collection and true to botanical nomenclature standards. It is my intention that this list be an informational resource. The data pages for the individual conifers in the "Database" can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate genus and species, and then from the list of varieties you may enter the individual pages.

To view the current list of available conifer plants, click on the tab above: "Conifers Available". This list consists of plants we have propagated and grown, and are currently suitable for sales and shipment. They are available in two sizes: GP (Grafting Pot) for plants propagated during this past year (or two), and #1 pot (also known as 1 Gal. pot) for older and larger plants. I do not ship any plants larger than #1 pot size. However, I do sell larger plants here on site at Porterhowse Farms.

Visitors are always welcome here at Porterhowse Farms. However, I do ask you to contact me in advance so we can coordinate our schedules. I want to be able to spend time with you and show you the interesting aspects of the gardens and display collections at Porterhowse Farms. I can be reached by phone (503-668-5834) at the farm, or by e-mail (phfarm@aol.com). Come visit Porterhowse Farms at any season of the year, as it is always a delight to show off.

Retirement is on the horizon, and I find that I am not as spry as I used to be, but possibly a wee bit wiser. I am beginning to take more time away from Porterhowse Farms. I do have other interests and obligations to attend to during my remaining days, and hopefully, years. I am beginning to take the time to enjoy all the experiences of life. Viewing the beauty of nature, and sharing the beauty with others is one of those pleasant experiences.

Best regards,
Don Howse