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West Linn, Oregon
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•Member, Oregon Association of Nurseries
•Honorary member, Tualatin Riverkeepers

Winner of the Green Heron Award for contributions to the protection and restoration of the Tualatin watershed - Recipient of the Citizenship Award by SOLV - Recipient of the Conservation Award by DAR

Women Owned Small Business registered with Dunn & Bradstreet, CCR, SBA and ORCA

Love Your Mother

Protect Earth

Lory Duralia

This web site was lovingly created by Bosky Dell Natives. It was designed to be used as a tool to assist children, teachers, and stewards of the earth with valuable information, enabling us all to participate in the preservation of our native flora and re-establish habitat for our precious wildlife.

We are all stewards of the earth. This stewardship needs to be passed from the old to the young. The relationship between earth and people/humans needs to be a healthy balance of give and take. My hope is that this site will inspire and assist with the healing of the earth and the spirit of humankind. The song of a bird can nurture your heart, soul, and mind. Connect yourself with earth. Much of our native flora and fauna are threatened due to habitat loss. As we build and develop, we must replenish what has been destroyed or removed. (Be conscientious when you are building, because displaced wildlife will need your assistance in finding a new home where your future house will stand.)

Create a backyard sanctuary for yourself and your backyard neighbors. Butterflies, birds, beneficial insects, and all other forms of life are depending on us. Naturescaping can take place anywhere. Your backyard, a school courtyard, the entrance to an office building, open meadows, freeway entrance ramps, etc. -- every little pocket makes a difference. We must take care of the earth so that the earth can continue to take care of us!

Lory Duralia

Plant Oregon ~ Grow Native

I've Gone Native
"I've gone native and I can't fail if I stay on this native trail."
-Madeline Age 6
Photo by Lory Duralia
I'm an oregon farmer
"I'm an Oregon farmer!"
-Charles Age 2
Photo by Lory Duralia


Why Go Native?

  • Beauty
  • Low maintenance
  • Disease resistance
  • Drought tolerance
  • Wildlife food, cover, and nesting sources
  • Erosion control

We have over 300 species of native plants for sale. We also have gift certificates, lawn ornaments, tee shirts, and japanese lanterns (shown here, below).

japanese lantern
©Lory Duralia


photo courtesy Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Blue Tree Frog

This beautiful tree frog, native to Oregon (yes, we know, they're green, but this one is BLUE!), photographed by Fish and Wildlife, is living happily in our pond here at Bosky Dell. We love our frogs! We also have endangered red-legged frogs, not to mention butterflies and birds who regularly visit.

Bosky Dell Natives is proud to announce our awards for natural gardening inspiration and design:
•Portland Impact's 4th Annual Summer Garden Party 2004 - 3rd place
•Yard, Garden & Patio Show 2000 - Best of Show
•Yard, Garden & Patio Show 1998 - Best of Division
•Yard, Garden & Patio Show 1997 - 1st runner-up
•Best of Show, Fred Meyer, 1993 (assisted with display)

We love our customers, and they appreciate our work . . . Thank you for the following testimonials!

Hi, Lory.
As great as your website is, your nursery and your staff are even greater. I have landscaped my 17000 sq ft suburban lot almost entirely from your nursery over the last 7 years. Every week, every month, every season is a joy. I have a "pocket woods" in back--the Doug fir and cedar overstory was there when I moved in. I've added the shrubs and bulbs and perennials to fill out the understory. I also have a "vernal meadow," a mini-prairie, a wetlands complete with large (manmade) stream, pond and falls--have about 250 PNW native species, almost all of which I bought from you. I've got all kinds of wildlife here including over 40 spp of birds that visit. I've got flowers, foliage, berries, mosses and lichens, trees, shrubs, ground-covers--in spring I have thousands of wildflowers that bloom; in the fall I have berries and mushrooms galore, etc. I did one section at a time and it is now mostly filled in and on its way to maturity. Truly a rewarding endeavor. And because they are natives situated in the right mini-habitats, I watered only once in 2005, once in 2004--I use no pesticide, herbicide, slug killers, or fertilizer--the whole yard is in balance, it seems. I encourage anyone interested in this ecologically (and psychologically) rewarding approach to gardening to go for it. Dig in. Take it a few square feet at a time and before you know it, you will get there. I started with a typical suburban yard--all vinca, ivy, lawn and barkdust. None of that remains. Instead I have what one visitor called a "national park" three steps from my own back door. Couldn't be happier! Thank you, Lory, for your guidance, your great selection, your knowledge, your foresight in starting this wonderful business when far fewer people had considered gardening with natives. I could never have created my paradise without you!
Jozie Rabyor in Vancouver.

To Plant Lovers in the Northwest,
I have to let you know that Bosky Dell Natives walks their talk!!! Not only do the supply the largest selection of Northwest Natives that I've been able to locate, they practice the type of environmentally sensitive harvest, propagation, salvage, and gather techniques that are necessary for the survival of the plant that make the Northwest so beautiful and unique. As if that was not enought, they support many many local non-profit organizations with an incredibly generous policy of pricing for fundraising native plant sales.

I am associated with the Skyline Grange, the only meeting space available to our community. Over the last three years of Bosky Dell supported plant sales, we have been able to raise enough money to restore and repair large sections of this much needed building. Every year dealing with the Bosky Dell Staff has been pleasant, educational, and for us very very profitabble. Each year's fundraiser has had approximately a 33% growth over the previous years.

This is truly a win/win sale. Bosky Dell introduces new customers to native gardening; our grange becomes more and more the community gathering place we would like it to be; and gardens in our area become enriched with native species that support the return of native butterflys and birds.

I cannot thank Lori and her staff enough for this truly enjoyable yearly event.

Kelly O'Neil
Skyline Grange
Portland, Or

In the summer of 2004, Bosky Dell Natives worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on a display garden at their Vancouver office

Staff from both the nursery and from Fish and Wildlife worked together to create a small habitat that is low maintenance, drought tolerant, beautiful, and welcoming to native wildlife. To view this garden, visit the Vancouver office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 1211 Cardinal Ct.

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beautiful native plant gardeners
Lory at work

And now....some one year updated pics

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Its spring, but...are the Frogs still croaking?...Know your neighbors

Red-legged frogs, long-toed salamanders, tree frogs, garter snakes, alligator lizards, yellow warblers, rufous hummingbirds, house finches, American robins, downy woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks, creek dogwood, sword fern, willow, big-leaf maple, bleeding heart, snowberry, nootka rose, evergreen huckleberry - these are just a few of the many species of wildlife and plants that are native to Oregon, and represent just a small part of the amazing biological diversity that may exist in our own backyards!

Both globally and locally, many of our plant and wildlife species are declining due to many factors, including harmful chemicals, loss of habitat, and the introduction of the non-native species such as English ivy and bullfrogs. What can you do to help stop the further loss of our native species? As the saying goes, every little bit helps, and this holds true as well if you want to provide a home for native plants and wildlife in your backyard. Providing water, sch as a small pond, can attract an amazing array of wildlife, including frogs, birds, dragonflies and butterflies just to name a few. Is your yard sunny or shady or both? If it is shady, you could plant it with shade loving plants (snowberry, red elderberry) that also provide shelter and food for wildlife, since the berries from both plants are eaten by birds and mammals.

To make sure you will attract smaller creatures such as frogs and salamanders, don't forget to place tree limbs and decaying logs (they can be as small as 1' x 2') scattered throughout the area. Though many of us like to be neat and tidy, we should remember that nature often isn't, and those fallen limbs and leaves on the ground also provide places for frogs to hide, add nutrients to the soil and will save you money in the long run, since you wont' need to add as much mulch and fertilizer.

The size of the area that you plan with natives doesn't have to be large, for even small areas will add to the biological diversity not only in your backyard, but also to our region. Seeds from the shrubs and trees you plant can be scattered by the wind or by a bird or other animal, and will eventually provide food and shelter for wildlife in other areas. Besides increasing the diversity in your yard, you may also find you have created a soothing, peaceful space for yourself and your friends and family in which to sit back, relax and enjoy the wonders and beauty of nature.
Sue Beilke   Biodiversity Project of Tigard

© Lory Duralia
From the Journals of Lewis and Clark June 12, 1806
"the days are now very warm and the Musquetors our old companions have become very troublesom...the quawmash is now in blume and from the colour of its bloom at a short distance it resembles lakes of fine clear water, so complete is this deseption that on first sight I could have swoarn it was water"
From the Journals of David Douglas
NOTE: Camas bulbs were an important staple food among Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest
"A hole is scraped in the ground, in which are placed a number of flat stones on which the fire is placed and kept burning until sufficiently warm, when it is taken away. The cakes, which are formed by cutting or bruising the roots and then compressing into small bricks, are placed on the stones and covered with leaves, moss, or dry grass, with a layer of earth on the outside, and left until baked or roasted, which generally takes a night. They are moist when newly taken off the stones, and are hung up to dry. Then they are placed on shelves or boxes for winter use. When warm they taste much like a baked pear. It is not improbable that a very palatable beverage might be made from them. Lewis observes that when eaten in a large quantity they occasion bowel complaints. Assuredly they produce flatulence: when in the Indian hut I was almost blown out by strength of wind."

And now. . . Bosky Dell Staff! (more to come)

The Great Wood Duck
Nesting Box Project

wood duck nesting box
wood duck nesting box project
wood duck nesting box project

Chad and Ryan work mightily to hoist this marvelous Wood Duck nesting box to its resting place on a tree above the duck pond at the nursery.

This web site was created by Lory and Lucas Duralia
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