We call them “destination nurseries”—interesting, usually not well-known, and typically off the beaten path, these plant havens are the ones you build a day around. In Kitsap, we are lucky to have many destination nurseries and I’m always looking for an excuse to get out to them.
Foxglove Greenhouses in Hansville is such a spot. Open to the public only on Saturdays or by appointment only during the growing season; Foxglove is mainly a wholesale grower. They are, however, active in the plant sale circuit and you can find a seasonal selection of their plants throughout the year at festivals and events throughout Western Washingtonlike “Bainbridge in Bloom”. This is how most discover their neat plants.
David Halsaver is a passionate plant person who originally started Foxglove Greenhouses on Big Valley Road in Poulsbo in 1994. In 2000, he and wife Gail moved the business to Hansville Road and in the eleven years at this location they have expanded their nursery offerings and built some artistic outbuildings and a tremendously photogenic vegetable garden.
When I visited the nursery, Gail was working on what is one of Foxgloves specialties: container plantings– a service they provide to local businesses, such as the Kiana Lodge, Clearwater Resort and Spa as well as residential clients. Gail’s art degree and career as visual merchandiser is apparent in her lovely container compositions. For these showy pots, they grow fabulous, unusual color in addition to the perennials they are best known for. Tomatoes and Swiss chard, actually, are also grown. Like most specialty nurseries, David and Gail have developed a niche that allows them to stay nimble and thrive.
Foxglove supplies many catalog companies with perennial plant offerings—plants like Himalayan blue poppy (Meconopsis) and Arisaema. A stroll through the greenhouses had me drooling over species primroses, Sisyrinchium and other perennials typically not seen at other nurseries. On my shopping list for my next visit there: Verbascum chaixii ‘Album’ and Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’. The best part of a trip to destination nurseries like Foxglove, however, is the impulse buy. No telling what choice plant will capture your imagination.
Foxglove Nursery–30600 Hansville Rd NE
Call for hours 360-297-0410
© Colleen Miko, 2011