Sarracenia Northwest: Open House September 13, 2015

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Hope no one minds that this is being posted several months after the fact, but this is a special post and it’s taken me some time to consider it and gather the courage to post it. This post is not just about the amazing jewel of a nursery Sarracenia Northwest, it’s about family—and finding it.

Years ago I met its owner Jeff Dallas when he contacted me about some Dracunculus vulgaris bulbs I was selling on Craigslist. He arrived, we visited a bit, and then he asked me about my family because he’d seen my name when I’d responded to his message.

The moment he asked me, I knew exactly who he was and I was both stunned and joyful. I’d just recently been told that I had cousins who’d been put up for adoption when they were born—and here was one of them!

Time passed.

After that first encounter, we’d not planned to speak again, and I’m sure it was just as awkward for him as it was for me. In the back of my mind though, I’d kept a mental note to get back in touch with him—and I did!

If you have the chance to sign up for one of their Open Houses I absolutely recommend it! You pay a small fee per car and in addition to being fed a picnic lunch you get to take home one free plant.

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This is the free plant I took home and I just checked on it tonight. It’s very much alive and happy outside. So far, so good!

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Jeff and I at the Open House.

After our initial chat was over that day, I was able to walk around the nursery and take it all in without feeling quite as awkward.

I walk through a lot of nurseries and I see a lot of plants but this was even more fun knowing he’s my cousin. I’m proud of his work, the business, well, and that he lives for plants. (Have I stressed that enough yet?)

Sarracenia Northwest is a gift. Having it nearby is a wonderful thing. They are also a mail-order nursery.

I can’t lie and say that I know nearly as much about these plants as Jeff.  Please check out there Website and see for yourself! You’ll be happy you did.

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