is situated just a couple of miles north of Eugene in
Oregonís lush Willamette River Valley. More than 4,500 varieties of plants grow
on the 14-acre property stretching back from a row of Chamaecyparis at the
Gardenís northern boundary on Goodpasture Island Road.
Local patrons and customers from across the country shop at
Greer's for perennials, trees, shrubs and the Gardensí specialty, rhododendrons.
Most of the business, however, comes from the thousands of people who place
their orders for rare and unusual plants by telephone or mail. Greer Gardens
ships plants year-round all over the country and indeed to all corners of the
Owners Harold and Nancy Greer live on the property in a house
next door to the business headquarters, an unimposing structure housing the
office and shipping department. Customers often encounter the Greer's tabby,
Sassafras, who enjoys the run of the grounds and likes to stamp paperwork with
his muddy paw prints.
Harold Greer walks around the Gardens every day in old shirts
and jeans, his casual attire belying his status as a world authority on
rhododendrons, a successful horticultural photographer and the proprietor of one
of the countryís leading nurseries.
Harold is usually always available to advise customers and
often he astounds them with his ability to glance at a leaf and identify the
plant it came from. Visitors seeking a special plant or simply enjoying the
vistas of flowers and trees are likely to bump into Harold attending to plants
or snapping photographs for the Greer Gardens catalog.
Greer Gardens is open seven days a week. Hours are 8:30 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The
nursery is located in the Pacific Time Zone, three hours earlier than Eastern
Standard Time. The address is 1280 Goodpasture Island Road, Eugene, OR 97401.
Greerís toll-free number is 1-800-548-0111 or we can be contacted at