Pistils Nursery

★★★★☆
  • 3811 N Mississippi Ave

    Portland, OR 97227

    Cross street: North Falling Street

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  • 503-288-4889

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Daily 10am-6pm

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Incredible nursery. There are some amazing plants I've never seen and in the spring they have baby chicks and you can always visit the clucking chickens out back. This is definitely a good decorative plant store.

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★★★★★

Incredible nursery. There are some amazing plants I've never seen and in the spring they have baby chicks and you can always visit the clucking chickens out back. This is definitely a good decorative plant store.

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As an avid gardener, I have three times visited Pistils Nursery in Mississippi Street attempting to purchase plants, and many of them, but on each occasion have been unsuccessful due to the flip and arrogant manner of the staff. Twice, I was the only customer on the premises, but could not get the attention of the two or three staff members who were engaged in a rabid gossip session, stopping just long enough to give me a quick and nasty up-and-down glance. I am only writing now because I recently had a conversation with two of my neighbors, both of whom had the same experience when attempting to make a purchase at Pistils. Is our money not attractive enough for you? If you have a dress code, or an age limit, perhaps you could post a sign on the door mentioning this fact so that future gardeners might avoid the miserable experience of shopping at your establishment. Why are you even open if you are not actually in the business of selling anything? Portland has a reputation for poor customer service, but Pistils is the worst I have yet encountered. Love the chickens, but unless you have a masochistic desire to be treated like, er, dirt, there are many other small independently-run nurseries in Portland that are infinitely more welcoming.

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★☆☆☆☆

As an avid gardener, I have three times visited Pistils Nursery in Mississippi Street attempting to purchase plants, and many of them, but on each occasion have been unsuccessful due to the flip and arrogant manner of the staff. Twice, I was the only customer on the premises, but could not get the attention of the two or three staff members who were engaged in a rabid gossip session, stopping just long enough to give me a quick and nasty up-and-down glance. I am only writing now because I recently had a conversation with two of my neighbors, both of whom had the same experience when attempting to make a purchase at Pistils. Is our money not attractive enough for you? If you have a dress code, or an age limit, perhaps you could post a sign on the door mentioning this fact so that future gardeners might avoid the miserable experience of shopping at your establishment. Why are you even open if you are not actually in the business of selling anything? Portland has a reputation for poor customer service, but Pistils is the worst I have yet encountered. Love the chickens, but unless you have a masochistic desire to be treated like, er, dirt, there are many other small independently-run nurseries in Portland that are infinitely more welcoming.

Pros: Location

Cons: Everything else

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Pistils is the shop I do all my wedding shopping at, they have the coolest terrarium! Also if anything dies in the terrarium they will replace the plant, so its the gift that keeps on giving.
I love this store for many reasons but above all I keep shopping here because the staff is so nice and helpful!

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★★★★★

Pistils is the shop I do all my wedding shopping at, they have the coolest terrarium! Also if anything dies in the terrarium they will replace the plant, so its the gift that keeps on giving.
I love this store for many reasons but above all I keep shopping here because the staff is so nice and helpful!

Pros: cute chickens! Helpful staff! Great terrariums.

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I'm not one to post on these types of blogs, but after reading Paul B's review of Pistils, I had to respond. I'm an avid gardener and chicken keeper and have been going to Pistils Nursery since they opened and have had nothing but great experiences ... their staff has always been very attentive and friendly (and I confess I can be high-maintenance sometimes). I've gone to a lot of the bigger nurseries around town and I've never found the unique selection for plants or chicken keeping or the personal service I get at Pistils. Maybe Paul B. was just having a bad day. Anyway, I just wanted to say Pistils rocks and most of my gardening friends love it too!!

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★★★★★

I'm not one to post on these types of blogs, but after reading Paul B's review of Pistils, I had to respond. I'm an avid gardener and chicken keeper and have been going to Pistils Nursery since they opened and have had nothing but great experiences ... their staff has always been very attentive and friendly (and I confess I can be high-maintenance sometimes). I've gone to a lot of the bigger nurseries around town and I've never found the unique selection for plants or chicken keeping or the personal service I get at Pistils. Maybe Paul B. was just having a bad day. Anyway, I just wanted to say Pistils rocks and most of my gardening friends love it too!!

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For people like me and many of my close friends who are into gardening, chicken keeping, composting with worms -- and frankly anything that re-thinks the gluttonous, lazy conventions that have made a lot of us feel oddly apart from nature, Pistils is such a breath of fresh air. Thank you, Pistils for being there for us!

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★★★★★

For people like me and many of my close friends who are into gardening, chicken keeping, composting with worms -- and frankly anything that re-thinks the gluttonous, lazy conventions that have made a lot of us feel oddly apart from nature, Pistils is such a breath of fresh air. Thank you, Pistils for being there for us!

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I was interested in having chickens and a friend told me about Pistils. I went in a couple of times before to talk to the women there and like the comment below me had less than attentive service (yes, the woman in the glasses is SUPER NICE!!)
I still did get my chicks from them and was assured that they were hens( we picked up 4 babies). About 2 months later we see that they have all turned out to be ROOSTERS.. I called Pistils several time to no avail, did not return my calls.. Just plain bad business and just beware when purchasing your chicks that you are getting HENS not HIMS...

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★★☆☆☆

I was interested in having chickens and a friend told me about Pistils. I went in a couple of times before to talk to the women there and like the comment below me had less than attentive service (yes, the woman in the glasses is SUPER NICE!!)
I still did get my chicks from them and was assured that they were hens( we picked up 4 babies). About 2 months later we see that they have all turned out to be ROOSTERS.. I called Pistils several time to no avail, did not return my calls.. Just plain bad business and just beware when purchasing your chicks that you are getting HENS not HIMS...

Pros: cute spot!!

Cons: can't get a hold of anyone or return calls

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Just had to write after reading the last review. This is a wonderful, warm place that always feels like they care about their neighborhood, the planet, and the folks coming through their doors. I'm not surprised the staff are 'barricade' behind the counter-- this is a busy place and the amount of knowledge ( and time) I have witnessed the employees share with customers, including me is admirable. (I also know that all small businesses have work they need to get done in order to keep their doors open-- whether for the people who stop in to entertain themselves on their way to get a video or those that have genuine needs.)

All I can say is stop in and see for yourself. This place is special.

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★★★★★

Just had to write after reading the last review. This is a wonderful, warm place that always feels like they care about their neighborhood, the planet, and the folks coming through their doors. I'm not surprised the staff are 'barricade' behind the counter-- this is a busy place and the amount of knowledge ( and time) I have witnessed the employees share with customers, including me is admirable. (I also know that all small businesses have work they need to get done in order to keep their doors open-- whether for the people who stop in to entertain themselves on their way to get a video or those that have genuine needs.)

All I can say is stop in and see for yourself. This place is special.

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If this store wasn't so close to my house I wouldn't go here. The customer service varies greatly on a day to day basis. The women in the dark rimmed glasses with short hair is by far the most helpful, beyond that the employees and even owner have a barista-like attitude when it comes to asking questions or 'interrupting' their work. I'm amazed when an employee is not barricaded behind the register/table. The selection of the plants is better than an average box store or Fred Meyers. I'd say this would be a "while I'm passing by" type shop that is an after thought if I'm grabbing lunch or a video. Although I do love the chickens. They are friendly!

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★★☆☆☆

If this store wasn't so close to my house I wouldn't go here. The customer service varies greatly on a day to day basis. The women in the dark rimmed glasses with short hair is by far the most helpful, beyond that the employees and even owner have a barista-like attitude when it comes to asking questions or 'interrupting' their work. I'm amazed when an employee is not barricaded behind the register/table. The selection of the plants is better than an average box store or Fred Meyers. I'd say this would be a "while I'm passing by" type shop that is an after thought if I'm grabbing lunch or a video. Although I do love the chickens. They are friendly!

Pros: Location and smal but unique variety of plants.

Cons: The pet chickens are more helpful than the employees.

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Organically Grown Ornamentals and Baby Bantams

When asked why people would want their ornamental plants to be organic, Megan Twilegar, owner of Pistils Nursery in the Historic Mississippi District of north Portland, shot me a glance that said, ??You??re kidding me.? After all, I had presented myself as someone who was ??into? organic. ??I mean, people want their food to be grown organically, but why would they want their landscape plants to be grown organically?? She didn??t waver with her answer but immediately stated that the way plants are grown, whether for food or for ornamentals, has the same effect on the environment. The same pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers find their way into the air, the ground, the water, and the streams which affects the pollinators, the wildlife and the people regardless of what the ??crop? was grown for. Bingo.

One mile from Pistils, Megan operates a wholesale nursery where she produces 100% organically grown ornamentals. About 20-25% of the plant material at Pistils comes from this organic wholesale operation. ??It??s still catching on,? she says. ??It??s much easier to produce ornamentals conventionally ?? they get larger and fuller faster.? In spite of the challenge and only moderate demand, Megan is true to her ideals. ??It??s definitely a labor of love,? she says wistfully.

The remaining 75-80% of her plant material comes mostly from small growers. Megan likes to visit her suppliers?? facilities ?? if they are too clean, with barely a blade of grass growing anywhere ?? she takes it as a sign that they use too many chemicals and she steers clear. She also looks for diversity ?? whereas mono-cropping aids the spread of pests and disease, diversity helps to minimize it. And, if the diverse grower does have one species that gets hit hard, they are less likely to use chemicals since they are only suffering a small percentage loss instead of the total loss a mono-cropper would sustain. The types of plants available at Pistils are chosen carefully to be able to thrive in Portland??s climate without much need for chemicals.

When you visit Pistils, now in its 6th year, you??ll discover a great selection of lush, healthy plants on display - from easy to grow favorites like lavender for beginning gardeners to hard to find species like the Contorted Hawthorne for plant connoisseurs. If you visit between mid February and mid June you??ll be greeted by the sweet peeps of baby Bantams the moment you enter the quaint, country-style historic building. Pistils Nursery was the first in the area to sell Bantam chicks, but they are no longer the only. The city allows residents to own up to three chickens without a permit ?? however, permits for more than three are easy to acquire, according to Megan.

If you want to learn more about keeping chickens before buying one, you can attend their educational workshop on Chickenkeeping. Pistils holds other workshops, too, with topics like Beekeeping, Vermicomposting (composting aided by Red Wigglers), Winter Veggie Gardening, and Creating Terrariums. The terrariums are a big hit at Pistils and Pistils has most every thing you need to create your own plus a large selection all ready to go.

In addition to everything else, the staff at Pistils happily dispenses advice and they have just what you need in the way of organic fertilizers and pest control. Plus, if you??re looking to create some curb appeal and add value to your home or simply improve the aesthetics of your landscape, Pistils offers professional landscape design to help you do just that.

Pistils is a full service nursery with strong organic/sustainable priorities and country style. In fact, with a couple of sweet-natured Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix dogs for greeters, some resident adult Bantams, and old-fashioned down-home service, one of the best things you come away from Pistils with is the refreshing feeling of being in the country ?? without ever leaving the city!

5
★★★★★

Organically Grown Ornamentals and Baby Bantams

When asked why people would want their ornamental plants to be organic, Megan Twilegar, owner of Pistils Nursery in the Historic Mississippi District of north Portland, shot me a glance that said, ??You??re kidding me.? After all, I had presented myself as someone who was ??into? organic. ??I mean, people want their food to be grown organically, but why would they want their landscape plants to be grown organically?? She didn??t waver with her answer but immediately stated that the way plants are grown, whether for food or for ornamentals, has the same effect on the environment. The same pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers find their way into the air, the ground, the water, and the streams which affects the pollinators, the wildlife and the people regardless of what the ??crop? was grown for. Bingo.

One mile from Pistils, Megan operates a wholesale nursery where she produces 100% organically grown ornamentals. About 20-25% of the plant material at Pistils comes from this organic wholesale operation. ??It??s still catching on,? she says. ??It??s much easier to produce ornamentals conventionally ?? they get larger and fuller faster.? In spite of the challenge and only moderate demand, Megan is true to her ideals. ??It??s definitely a labor of love,? she says wistfully.

The remaining 75-80% of her plant material comes mostly from small growers. Megan likes to visit her suppliers?? facilities ?? if they are too clean, with barely a blade of grass growing anywhere ?? she takes it as a sign that they use too many chemicals and she steers clear. She also looks for diversity ?? whereas mono-cropping aids the spread of pests and disease, diversity helps to minimize it. And, if the diverse grower does have one species that gets hit hard, they are less likely to use chemicals since they are only suffering a small percentage loss instead of the total loss a mono-cropper would sustain. The types of plants available at Pistils are chosen carefully to be able to thrive in Portland??s climate without much need for chemicals.

When you visit Pistils, now in its 6th year, you??ll discover a great selection of lush, healthy plants on display - from easy to grow favorites like lavender for beginning gardeners to hard to find species like the Contorted Hawthorne for plant connoisseurs. If you visit between mid February and mid June you??ll be greeted by the sweet peeps of baby Bantams the moment you enter the quaint, country-style historic building. Pistils Nursery was the first in the area to sell Bantam chicks, but they are no longer the only. The city allows residents to own up to three chickens without a permit ?? however, permits for more than three are easy to acquire, according to Megan.

If you want to learn more about keeping chickens before buying one, you can attend their educational workshop on Chickenkeeping. Pistils holds other workshops, too, with topics like Beekeeping, Vermicomposting (composting aided by Red Wigglers), Winter Veggie Gardening, and Creating Terrariums. The terrariums are a big hit at Pistils and Pistils has most every thing you need to create your own plus a large selection all ready to go.

In addition to everything else, the staff at Pistils happily dispenses advice and they have just what you need in the way of organic fertilizers and pest control. Plus, if you??re looking to create some curb appeal and add value to your home or simply improve the aesthetics of your landscape, Pistils offers professional landscape design to help you do just that.

Pistils is a full service nursery with strong organic/sustainable priorities and country style. In fact, with a couple of sweet-natured Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix dogs for greeters, some resident adult Bantams, and old-fashioned down-home service, one of the best things you come away from Pistils with is the refreshing feeling of being in the country ?? without ever leaving the city!

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I only travelled to this nursery because I saw at the Green Homes and Garden Expo that they use and sell Red Wigglers (earthworms used in worm bins). And, I'm so glad that I did! The nursery itself is gorgeous. Cool building, tons of healthy plants, baby bantam chickens pecking away indoors, and full grown ones keeping the pest population low outside.

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★★★★★

I only travelled to this nursery because I saw at the Green Homes and Garden Expo that they use and sell Red Wigglers (earthworms used in worm bins). And, I'm so glad that I did! The nursery itself is gorgeous. Cool building, tons of healthy plants, baby bantam chickens pecking away indoors, and full grown ones keeping the pest population low outside.

Pros: community-oriented, knowledgeable and helpful staff, they compost local restaurant's waste

Cons: store isn't always open during the hours posted... call first!

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My step mom loves this joint. She's always going here to pick up whatever she needs to the yard, and even for the house. It's her favorite, and it's not a huge store, which makes the setting mroe intimate.

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★★★★☆

My step mom loves this joint. She's always going here to pick up whatever she needs to the yard, and even for the house. It's her favorite, and it's not a huge store, which makes the setting mroe intimate.

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Pistils is a small, close-in nursery with a decent selection of indoor and outdoor plants, soil and nutrients. During spring and summer months they also sell chicks and teach classes on how to raise them safely at home. This is a great find in the growing Mississippi District.

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Pistils is a small, close-in nursery with a decent selection of indoor and outdoor plants, soil and nutrients. During spring and summer months they also sell chicks and teach classes on how to raise them safely at home. This is a great find in the growing Mississippi District.

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