Purvis Nursery & Orchard
Purvis Nursery & Orchard was founded in April 2008, shortly after owner, Robert Purvis, moved to Idaho from Minnesota.
The purpose of the nursery is to graft, grow, and sell trees of hard-to-find fruit cultivars (primarily apricot but also apple, pear, plum and cherry) that will survive and ripen in USDA Zones 2-6, for growers in the northern tier of states.
The Purvis orchard is comprised of approximately 1.5 acres and is being used as a germplasm repository for fruit cultivars for the north country and western Mountain states, as well to test the fruit cultivars’ suitability for the Treasure Valley. Purvis Nursery and Orchard offers scionwood of these cultivars to backyard fruit growers and also sells hard-to-find rootstocks in retail quantities.
Since 1985, Robert Purvis has taught grafting and pruning classes for the general public in Alaska, Washington, Minnesota and now Idaho and also does orchard consulting for homeowners and top grafting for commercial growers. Now that the orchard is in it’s 4th leaf and coming into production, Purvis Nursery and Orchard is selling fruit to the general public, concentrating on cultivars introduced by the University of Minnesota, the USDA-ARS and the New Jersey apricot-breeding program rather than the more commonly available commercial cultivars.
Where to Buy
Purvis Nursery & Orchard trees and fruits – apples, apricots, cherries (sweet/tart), peaches, pears, plums, raspberries – can be found at the following locations:
- Caldwell & Nampa Farmer’s Markets
- Blue Barn Produce
- College of Idaho
- Ridley’s Family Market (Middleton)
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