For lots of fun and plant varieties, Flower World in Snohomish is great. For those with kids (or who just like animals and don't have any), they have a little petting zoo area--it even has albino peacocks! They have a farmers market there, too. It has a big park with water features, too, as well as lots of varieties of edible and non-edible plants. The prices aren't the most affordable--I got a fig tree there, and it was $49.99 and only maybe 2 feet tall.
I like ordering online from Burnt Ridge Nursery. Their prices are affordable, and if you're in the area, you don't have to pay shipping. You can get seedling chestnuts and haselnuts for really affordable, as well as a bunch of other edible natives.
I also like Conservation District Native Plant Sales. You usually preorder and then come to pick up the plants. Every county has one. I think some of the preorders are done, but you can stop by and buy plants during the plant sale. Very affordable, very tiny bareroot plants.
Another vote for Burnt Ridge. This is the first year I've bought plants (I bought my house ~2 years ago). I need a privacy screen/windbreak on ~150 ft. of chain link fence (living on a corner is awesome), I emailed the nursery with a ton of questions, and Michael Dolan, the owner, replied with a very detailed and helpful email.
I bought bamboo and raspberries. They arrived last Friday in beautiful condition and are in the ground.
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First a disclaimer. My main interest and focus are fruit trees, primarily apple trees, particularly heirloom cultivars. My root stock preference for apple trees is standard or semi-vigorous options such as M111 or B118. My glacial till soil is listed as "sandy loam" by our local conservation district but my wife and I joke that "very rocky sand" would be a more accurate descriptor. The vigorous rootstocks tend to perform better for me here but YMMV.
As above, Burnt Ridge is a staple of mine as well. I have also been pleased with Raintree Nursery. Raintree prices are a little higher than Burnt Ridge but I've found that the caliper of bare root trees from Raintree are larger than what I typically receive from Burnt Ridge, likely explaining the price difference. Both nurseries are located in SW WA.
I have used Hoffman's (Puyallup) heavily but sadly Mr. Bob Hoffman died a few years ago and the nursery closed. Bob was a great contributor to western WA fruit tree societies so I wanted to take a moment to send kudos his way.
I've had good luck with One Green World (Portland) as well but have not used them as often due to the rootstock options they offer on their apple trees (primarily dwarf).
A couple of other west coast options for you. I've been pleased with everything I've received from Trees of Antiquity (CA), particularly for difficult to obtain heirloom cultivars. They offer very nice large caliper bare root trees (the majority of which are on M111). Last I'll mention Bay Laurel Nursery (CA). I've ordered dozens of fruit trees from them over the years and they've all been very nice, large caliper trees. I think Bay Laurel sources their trees straight from Dave Wilson as the latter is in the same area.
We're fortunate to have many great choices here on the left coast!
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Fruit trees and Nuts
Tree Eater Nursery We have gotten EFB resistant filberts, Heartnuts, Garry Oaks, and many more fruit tree/shrubs from Peter.
They also run a Permaculture based farm as far as i believe
Adaptive Seeds So this site is awesome, it makes seed ordering fun! We ordered most of our seeds from them this year. It was more money due to exchange and all but hey these plants are grown in the PNW!!
Salt Spring seeds Dan Jason has many varieties of beans/peas. He also carries many tomato and heirloom grain like Einkorn, Spelt. We order from him almost every year.
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I love to visit Cistus Nursery, on Sauvie Island near Portland. They are primarily ornamental and delight in the unusual. I love my magnolia macrophylla that I got from them, although nothing is edible about it.
(It's got the largest leaves for any tree native to America and the flowers are a foot across - it's just cool!)