Current Cistus Nursery information, including seasonal plant product availability and scheduled events

May 25th & 26th, 2019It's a party! Profound influence in the founding of Cistus, Western Hills Nursery on the Northern California Coast, not far from Santa Rosa, founded 60 years ago it became the crossroads of plants and plant people for decades and among the first nurseries to introduce, wait for it.......Mediterranean climate plants to the West Coast gardening world. Now owned by, wait for it again......Sean's cousin Tim Szybalski and partnering gardens Christine, who have renovated or reintroduced so many of the plants of Western Hills fame. Come tour the gardens with Sean, Tim, Christine and local garden illuminati on Saturday and Sunday May 25th and 26th. Plants from the garden and Cistus will be on sale. Tours and lectures by Sean, Saxon Holt, and others will be ongoing both days. Please see Western Hills website for more details.

March 8, 2013Plant Nerds Unite! Are you ready for the 12th annual Plant Nerd Night? Mike Darcy of KXL's weekly radio show "In the Garden," will again host the event which will feature six presenters from specialty nurseries including our own Sean Hogan. Also on deck is a plant sale of our newest favorites. Cistus will be featuring lovely cyclamens, Magnolia maudiae, Quince 'Mandarin, and of course some new and exciting selections of manzanita.

Event Details: Friday, March 8 at the Lake Bible Church, 4565 SW Carman Drive (corner of Kruse Way & Carman Drive) in Lake Oswego. Doors will open at 6pm with presentations beginning at 7pm. This event is popular and is always packed to capacity - get there early!

More details can be found here:

December 30, 2012We are enjoying the pure sunshine during these last days of 2012. The winter garden is splendid, and we continue to celebrate the beauty of broadleaf evergreens. In fact, Sean recently shared his knowledge of evergreen hollies and the lesser known deciduous holly in conversation with Mike Darcy on yesterday's airing of "In the Garden" on FM News101 kxl. Listen to the entire radio show and download the podcast here:

September 3, 2012The Fall 2012 Mail Order List has been posted! We are very proud to share with you over 600 delights guaranteed to get your garden more than a few double-takes from passers-by. Here's a link to the catalog. New to the list are some exciting manzanitas, prickly pear cacti, and a few stunners from down under. Please contact us with any questions about mail order plants or policies.

July, 2012Cistus is now proudly on Facebook:

Please give our site a visit and a 'Like' to keep in touch, get updates, and share your garden stories with us. We are excited to have this forum and we will be offering special deals to our Facebook friends in the near future. Ready for the near future? How about this deal: All Facebook friends will receive an extra 10% off on our July sale. That's a total of 30% off on all retail 2gallon, 3gallon, 5gallon plants plus vines of all sizes.

June 15, 2012KIWI SALE! No, not the bird nor our friend Steve Newall who is here from New Zealand, but all retail plants from the Southern Hemisphere are 20% off for the remainder of June. Can you tell we are on a New Zealand kick? Come pick out your favorites before they are all gone!

June 15, 2012"Where the Wild Things Grow"

Please join us for a very special event on Friday, June 15. Steve Newall, our good friend and host for Sean Hogan's recent speaking/collecting tour of New Zealand, will be giving a very special presentation hosted by the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon. A plant explorer, seed collector, and raconteur, Steve has harvested seed in New Zealand for over 20 years and has photographs of many rare plants. In his inimitable style, he will present "Seed collecting: Where the Wild Things Grow." Doors open at 6pm for a light supper of pizza and salad followed by the program at 7pm. The $15 registration fee includes food and program.

Please join us for an entertaining night and an exotic romp through "Land of the long white cloud." This one's gonna be fun! HPSO's Sanderson Fund, dedicated to promoting horticultural knowledge, is sponsoring this special event.


Event Information:

Friday June 15, 2012, 6pm

University Place Auditorium, Portland State University

$15 per ticket. Advance registration required. The registration deadline is Monday, June 11th.

For more information, contact the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon: (503) 224-5718


June 5, 2012Our very own Sean Hogan recently returned from a speaking and plant collecting tour in New Zealand this May, bringing home with him over 600 individual plants!

Agave parryi var. truncataAgave parryi var. truncata

February 1, 2012We're having a SALE on Agaves! We have too many and you perhaps don't have enough, so every Agave on our mail order list is 40% off through April.

Quercus chrysolepis

February 1, 2012We've updated our mail order catalog for spring! Find hardy cacti, evergreen oaks, brand new manzanita introductions and other water-wise plants, and oh so much more. Here's a link to the catalog. We're still working towards an online shopping cart- hopefully soon... thanks for your patience with our Luddite tendencies. Please contact us with any questions about mail order plants or policies.

Fronderosa Frolic

August 13-14, 2011We'll be heading north to Judith Jones' wonderful nursery, Fancy Fronds, in Gold Bar, Washington, where she is hosting the perennially fabulous Fronderosa Frolic plant sale. It's always fun for plants (and people too)! The sale is from 10am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. 17 plant vendors and 4 garden artists all in one place. Oh my!

Sunset Magazine May 2011

May 2011For the second month in a row, Sean Hogan has been featured in a major gardening publication! Woo hoo! (We just hope it doesn't go to his head!) In the May issue of Sunset Magazine, Sean, Greg Starr, and Dan Hinkley are declared the Indiana Joneses of the botanical world by garden writer Sharon Cohoon. It's a fun article that features some great plants. Pick up a copy or see it on Sunset's website.

The American Gardener

April 2011We're proud to announce that Sean has been deemed a Plant Geek Extraordinaire in the April issue of the American Horticultural Society's magazine, The American Gardener. Garden writer and nursery friend, Kym Pokorny did a lovely job with the six page article and photographer and former nursery staff member Joshua McCullough provided some beautiful photographs. Take a look at a copy when you have chance!

Sean's travels

February 2011Our very own Sean Hogan embarks on a speaking and plant collecting tour this February. He'll be speaking in Memphis, TN for the Mid-South Hydrangea Society on Feb 7th, in Germany for the Fourth International Perennial Plant Conference on Feb 12th (pdf file for details) , and in Middleburg, VA for the Garden Club of Virginia on Feb 26th. Here's a pdf file with more info.

HPSO logo

Jan 30, 2011The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon is hosting for its Winter Lecture Program two talented and charming plantspeople: nursery owner and designer Flora Grubb of Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco and horticulturist, plant explorer, and Senior Curator at the Denver Botanic Gardens, Panayoti Kelaidis.

The theme is vertical gardening and proceeds support the Parker Sanderson Memorial Fund . For more information, please see the HPSO website.

Chaenomeles japonica 'Atsuya Hamada'

Jan 28, 2011We've updated our mail order catalog for the spring season! Find hardy eucalyptus, oaks, manzanitas, agaves, and so much more. Here's a link to the catalog. Ordering is still by the traditional, i.e., not online means... Thanks for your patience with our Luddite tendencies. Please contact us with any questions about mail order plants or policies. logo

Jan 4, 2011Our mail order catalog can now be found on a new website called "plant lust." It's the creation of three Portland gardeners who wanted a better resource available to gardeners searching online for information about plants. We're happy to be a part of it, and we wish them much success. It's a very useful site. Have a look here.

Berberis jamesiana 'Exuberant'

Nov 9, 2010Our annual "Tough Love" fall parking lot sale is winding to a close. From here on out everything, regardless of size, is just $1. There's still a lot of good stuff. Come find a new addition to your garden for practically nothing.

The gardens here are still looking great– if we do say so ourselves. If you find the time, come visit and see for yourself. Perhaps you'll get some inspiration for your own November garden. Also, it's still a fine time to plant many hardy plants for PNW gardens. Click here to see photos of a few choice selections for winter beauty.

Last, but not least, we've posted some photos of the nursery construction and garden planting from late 2002 - early 2003. See them here.

Fall parking lot sale

Sept 25, 2010Our annual "Tough Love" fall parking lot sale kicks off on September 25th at 10am and runs until we're through with our fall greenhouse cleanup– probably sometime in November. It will include all sorts of plants of different shapes and sizes; some fixer-uppers, some ugly ducklings, some perfectly nice plants that we just can't take care of all winter long. They all have hopes and dreams for the future and are just in need of good homes. All are sold "as-is" and are priced for clearance: $2 for a 1 gallon, $4 for a 2 gallon, $10 for a 5 gallon, etc.

Pretty please, no earlybirds!

Click to see photos of some of the plants already gathered.

Cistus Table at HPSO sale

Sept 18 & 19, 2010We're participating in the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's annual fall sale! Duh. We wouldn't miss it for all the Agaves in Arizona... though we might spend some time dreaming about that one.... I digress, the sale is always full of fabulous plants and wonderful plants-people. Stop by our table and say hello! Here's a link for more information:

Queen of the Sun

Sept 17, 2010Taggart Siegel, award-winning director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John, has made a documentary on bees. Bees love plants. We love bees. The world theatrical premiere is on September 17th at 7:30pm at Portland's Hollywood Theater. Go to support the bees, and buy a few of our plants at the raffle during intermission. Here's a link for more information:

Quercus suber

Sept 15, 2010We've updated our mail order catalog for the fall season! Find hardy eucalyptus, oaks, manzanitas, agaves, and so much more. Here's a link to the catalog. An online shopping cart is our wish for the holiday season... thanks for your patience with our Luddite tendencies. Please contact us with any questions about mail order plants or policies.

Tree Frog

May 6, 2010In our continuing, though somewhat reluctant, attempts at entering the digital age, we've begun posting photos of the nursery's plants, gardens, people, etc. on this website. Here's a link to the page where they live. Sean has been putting his new digital, yes digital... finally, camera to good use lately. We hope to post more galleries soon, of the nursery, of course, but also some photos from Sean and Nathan's collecting trip to the Siskiyou Mtns. with John Grimshaw in March (read his blog here) as well as a trip collecting manzanitas in California in February.

Plant Trek

March 31, 2010Plantsmen extraordinaire Pat McCracken and Barry Yinger have agreed to lead several trips for the "plant-obsessed gardener" from exotic nursery buying in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. to the wild flora and private gardens of New Zealand and Thailand. Can you believe it?! Here's a chance to experience places and sights otherwise unavailable to mere mortals like you and me. We encourage a look at their website for schedules and details.

Abutilon 'Challo'

February 26, 2010Our Spring Mail Order catalog is now "online" with over 200 photos! Next up, figuring out how to send plants directly via email to save on shipping costs... The catalog is also available for download on our PDFs page. As always, don't hesitate to call or email with any questions about the listings or availability.

Camellia japonica 'Black Magic'

February 18, 2010Good News! We are very pleased to be providing information about fresh additions to the retail area of our nursery so you see what’s new and exciting as well as look for sthe basics. There are, of course, lots of plants already in retail and not on a list, so please call about availability or to have something set aside for you. And we hope you’ll visit to see all the wonders for yourselves.

For now the lists are downloadable PDF files. You can find all recent lists on our PDFs page, or you can download the latest list here.

While these lists are primarily for retail visitors, we are happy to entertain requests from our mail order customers although we cannot guarantee continuing availability or, for larger plants, the shipping costs.

YGP Display Garden

February 11, 2010Sean Hogan designs a climate appropriate garden for OAN's Yard, Garden and Patio Show.
*Oregon Convention Center | February 12-14

Click to see photos of the display | Click to read Tom Fischer's blog about the show

Sean Hogan

January 28, 2010Sean Hogan's lecture appearance at the Portland Japanese Garden was a lot of fun... Let's do it again!

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