US nurseries, even in New England will ship to Alaska but not right across the border. I have been dredging the internet for Canadian nurseries selling plants suited to permaculture and have found very few. Maybe there are more that don't have a webpage...
The ones I have found are promising though:
Rhora's Nut Farm & Nursery
Really exciting place. Nut pines, hybrid oaks, rare fruits...
Less interesting, can't figure out why though. I think the catalog is harder to browse through if you don't know specifically what you are looking for. Great variety of fruits and nuts.
Great site offering a huge variety of seeds and shipping worldwide. And they happen to be only an hour or two away from here! Just seeds though. If you're not a germination expert (and I'm not) this is not as easy as seedlings.
Does anyone know of any other Canadian permaculture nurseries? Or places to look for them?
http://www.heritageharvestseed.com/ Huge inventory of heirloom seeds.
http://www.boughennurseries.net/ Good cold hardy stock.
Your climate will be more forgiving than here in NW ON or Manitoba so you should chose varieties suited to your climate zone/garden. Consider planting native varieties where possible.
Boughen nurseries looks like a good place. The native small fruits section lists some neat fruit. Thanks for the tip.
The root-stocks were all wrapped in wet straw and burlap and shipped by greyhound. They arrived so quickly that I hadn't yet dug holes for them. It was a mad dash to get them in the ground but they're all healthy and happy now.
If I remember correctly, they offered to replace (one time) any trees that didn't take after planting.
They have a wide variety of cold hardy fruit and nut trees/bushes, and even a section entitled 'permaculture plants'.
I can't vouch for the health of their mail order stock but I can say that their selection is impressive, and I've talked on the phone with one of the owners and he was extremely helpful and made time for a conversation.
One small outfit for hardy grapes is Voluca http://www.voloacanursery.com/about.html
I ordered some grapes and some pine trees from them and was very pleased when they arrived..will see how they manage to cope with this winter.
they list various choices in each category but give no information on which to base a choice, which I found frustrating.
True. I had to look up information in other sources. Not always easy because they don't use latin names. For example they sell a plant called "cherry olive". I'm assuming they mean one of the eleagnus species: Russian olive, autumn olive, goumi, silverberry...
I thought I remembered hearing something distressing about Henry Fields going into bankruptcy but that may have been 1) in error or 2) only applied to the American side of things as they say they are now taking orders for fall delivery.
I also can recommend Boughen Nurseries. Both Fields and Boughen Nurseries have been around a long time.
Their site claims to have mature trees growing in every Canadian province.
Also in my area, the local conservation authority sells bulk native trees for delivery in May. ($0.65 to 0.85 per tree tax included).
I too am very excited about the idea of a fig tree.... I'd be very interested in hearing people's experience, but a fig is some time down the road for me as it would need a carefully planned / covered site to handle -30C, but I have read that once they are established, they can die down in a harsh winter and regrow and fruit in one season.
Travis Philp wrote:
You're very welcome Jonathan. I was really impressed with their selection too. And I'm excited at the prospect of their hardy fig tree among others. Aparently it can withstand -20 celcius.
As far as figs..I have never grown them but have seen them growing outside in Victoria, B.C. But ..I have always been told that anywhere else in Canada they must be buried overwinter to survive. I have been told of people who have managed to keep figs in Toronto by doing this every year. Don't know about dieback and regrowth..sounds as though you will be leading the way here. Good luck and please keep us informed if you do try them.