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Purvis Nursery & Orchard


Purvis Nursery & Orchard was founded in April 2008, shortly after owner, Robert Purvis, moved to Idaho from Minnesota.

About Bob

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. Once the orchard reached its 4th leaf and came into production, Purvis Nursery and Orchard began selling fruit to the general public, concentrating on more unique 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.

The Nursery

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 Orchard

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.


Trees and fruits – apples, apricots, cherries (sweet/tart), peaches, pears, plums, raspberries