About Us

The focus of Keeping It Green Nursery is cultivating garden-worthy perennials from around the world and educating people about them. Hardy orchids and woodland perennials are our specialties.   

Keeping It Green Nursery was established in 2004, and is located in Stanwood, Washington.  It is owned and operated by Arlen Hill, whose passion for hiking in the Pacific Northwest led to an avid interest in uncommon native plant species. Arlen continues to explore wild habitats in an ongoing effort to understand the secrets of cultivation, plant combinations and environmental factors that replicate nature in mixed-genus display gardens.


A Word About Plants

Uncommon plants may not necessarily be hard to grow but they are often difficult to propagate. The reasons that some plants are rare can vary:

  • they may take years to grow from seed
  • the genus may be new to cultivation
  • they are not easily found in the wild
  • they go unnoticed or their potential is unrealized

Plants adapt and evolve over time as a result of exposure to environmental factors.  They develop   specific cultural needs in order to thrive.  With an understanding of soil type, a plants relationship to water and sunlight, some thought and preparation, many plants can grow successfully in a garden

Keeping It Green Nursery focuses on hardy orchids, from the commonly available to the obscure.  Our nursery is home to Bletilla, Cypripedium, Calanthe, Dactylorhiza and Epipactis, among others.  Our favorite woodland perennials include species Iris, species Lilium, distinctive foliage plants such as Syneilesis, and Podophyllum, and much more.

We Sell
  • Online through our catalog
  • Retail at our Stanwood location
  • For the purposes of botanical fundraising

Arlen Hill, owner of Keeping It Green Nursery

Arlen Hill ~ owner

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