|About||Purvis Nursery & Orchard provides backyard growers with scion-wood of pome and stone fruits, and fruit to retail and wholesale markets in Southwest Idaho.|
Purvis Nursery & Orchard began operation in Idaho in April 2008, shortly after owner, Bob Purvis, moved to Idaho from Minnesota. During his time in Alaska (1972-89) Bob brought numerous Canadian fruit cultivators into the U.S. via the quarantine system to test and evaluate for their suitability in Alaskan conditions. He maintained these in the orchards he later planted in Washington State and Minnesota, not just to observe how they perform there but also so that other fruit growers would have access to them.
The purpose of Purvis Nursery & Orchard is to graft, grow, and sell trees of hard-to-find fruit cultivars (primarily apricot but also apple, pear, plum, peach and cherry) that will survive and ripen in USDA Zones 2-6, for growers in the northern tier of states. The orchard, comprising approximately 1.25 acres, 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 & Orchard offers scionwood of these cultivars to backyard fruit growers and also sells hard-to-find rootstocks in retail quantities.
Since 1985, Bob 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. As of 2017, the orchard is in its 10th leaf and selling fruit to the general public via local farmers' markets and local supermarkets, to local wholesalers, and to the College of Idaho food service.