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sprig to twig » Blog Archive » a visit to Drake's 7 Dees

a visit to Drake’s 7 Dees

Anna Kulgren

My blogging buddy Anna has introduced me to the charming garden store where she now works. Let me direct your attention to the color of her sweater.

Anna’s signature color

As you can see, Anna is already making her presence known with the repainting of this wall in her signature color.

background color

Almost anything looks great against a background of this muted, sophisticated purple.

blue pots

A collection of blue pots sets off fiery stems and blue-green spiky plants to perfection. I wanted to bring the whole display home with me (sadly, not in the budget).

red pots

This table top featured red pots…equally enticing.

early season plants

It’s still early in the season, but already the yard is filling up with interesting plants.

in the greenhouse

Let’s move indoors. On this rainy day, the sound of the rain on the glass made shelter feel all the cozier. What a delightful space.

indoor vignette

Engaging all the senses, there were arrangements of plants and decorative items on all sides.

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the staff

These are the folks who make it all happen, and you won’t find a friendlier bunch anywhere.

Blue Atlas Cedar

This mature specimen of weeping Blue Atlas Cedar drapes over the fence near the parking area. I consider this emerging garden center a real find. To find it yourself, go to 5645 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Portland OR 97225. If you are coming from Portland, it is just past Six Corners, where there is a New Seasons Market, or call 503 292 9121 for directions.

8 Responses to “a visit to Drake’s 7 Dees”

  1. Jane / MulchMaid Says:

    I loved looking around when I went for Sarah Miller’s talk on mason bees. Isn’t Anna doing a great job of creating interest? And the rest of the crew is cool, too. Just sorry I had to miss your book talk!

  2. Grace Peterson Says:

    For some reason I though it was still in east Portland. Looks like a wonderful nursery. I am sure your book reading was wonderful too. I wish I could have been there, darn it.

    The purple building is way cool. I also love the shade of green inside the greenhouse. And the plants look great.

  3. ricki Says:

    Jane~Anna is a pistol, for sure.

    Grace~East side, west side, all around the town…you really do need to have a Portland adventure one of these days. It would be so great to meet you in person.

  4. Loree /danger garden Says:

    Someday (soon) we’ll be able to say we were there in the beginning, when they were just getting started…

  5. Peter/Outlaw Says:

    This looks like a really great nursery! Looking forward to watching it grow through your lens.

  6. ricki Says:

    Loree~Always fun to get in on the ground floor.

    Peter~Now I have yet another reason to go back often.

  7. Anna K Says:

    Oh Ricki - you are such a sweetheart! Actually, I appreciate all your kind comments, and I do hope you will continue to come and cheer us on as we trudge forward. Today was such a wonderful, sunny day, and people kept walking through the door, eager to stock up on plants and soil and even more so to go home and get their hands dirty! Spring is most definitely here, and with it, hope! :)

  8. ricki Says:

    Anna~I am so looking forward to a visit with the sun shining. It’s been stormy both times I’ve been there.

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