A Witch Hazel Resource Guide

By: Phil Van Soelen

Phil Van Soelen is the co-owner with Sherrie Althouse of California Flora Nursery, a small, unconventional nursery devoted to California…

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As a companion to Erle Nickel’s article on witch hazels in the October 2008 issue of Pacific Horticulture, we offer the following resource guide to public gardens where witch hazels can be enjoyed in landscaped situations, and to sources of plants and further information about this queen of winter-flowering shrubs.

Public Gardens Featuring Witch Hazels

Witch hazels commence flowering in late fall or early winter and typically reach their peak in late winter, depending upon the cultivar and the severity of the winter weather.

Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street
Bellevue, WA 98005
425/452-2750
www.bellevuebotanical.org

Hoyt Arboretum
4000 SW Fairview Blvd
Portland, OR 97221
503/865-8733
www.hoytarboretum.org

Oregon Garden
879 W Main Street
Silverton, OR 97381
503/874-8100
www.oregongarden.org

San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum
Golden Gate Park
9th Avenue at Lincoln Way
San Francisco, CA 94122
415/661-1316
www.sfbotanicalgarden.org

University of British Columbia Botanical Garden
6804 SW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
604/822-9666
www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org

University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720
510/643-2755
www.botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu

VanDusen Botanical Garden
5251 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1
Canada
604/878-9274
www.vandusen.org

Nursery Sources

The following nurseries stock a good selection of witch hazels, including both species and hybrids.

Big Dipper Farm
26130 SE Green Valley Road
Black Diamond, WA 98010
360/886-8133
www.bigdipperfarm.com
Online catalog, mail order, and walk in

Dinter Nursery
2205 Phipps road
Duncan, BC V9L 6L2
Canada
250/748-2033
www.dinternursery.ca
Online catalog and walk-in

Forestfarm
990 Tetherow Road
Williams, OR 97544
541/846-7269
www.forestfarm.com
Online catalog and mail order

Gossler Farms
1200 Weaver Road
Springfield, Or 97478
541/746-3922
541/744-7924 (fax)
www.gosslerfarms.com
Online catalog and mail order

Greer Gardens
1280 Goodpasture Island Road
Eugene, OR 97401
800/548-0111
www.greergardens.com
Online catalog, mail order, and walk-in

Mt. Tahoma Nursery
28111 – 112th Avenue E
Graham, WA 98338
www.backyardgardener.com/mttahoma
Online catalog and mail order

River Rock Nursery
19350 SE Highway 224
Carver, OR
503/658-4047
www.riverrocknursery.com
Online catalog and mail order

Whitman Farms
3995 Gibson Road NW
Salem, OR 97304
503/585-8728
www.whitmanfarms.com
Online catalog and mail order

Please be sure to mention Pacific Horticulture when contacting any of these vendors.

For Further Research

The single best source of additional information about witch hazels is the following recent publication.

Lane, Christopher. Witch Hazels. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2005.

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