Shooting Star Nursery

Oliver at Shooting Star NurseryOwners Christie and Scott Mackison started Shooting Star Nursery in 2005, with the vision of supplying a wide range of plants, personal service, and reasonable prices to customers in the Rogue Valley. Shooting Star offers a broad selection of trees and hard-to-find perennials and shrubs (to satisfy the plant nerd inside us), as well as the more common landscape plants. We grow many of our trees in rootmaker bags which create a superior root system and can be dug most of the year. Spreading over eight acres, plants are easily accessible for viewing, and knowledgeable staff are available to walk the grounds and assist customers with plant selection. In fact, we love nothing more than talking about plants and helping customers discover just what they are looking for!

Shooting Star Nursery caters to retail customers as well as landscape professionals. We also offer design and consultation services with personal attention and customized to your needs.

Delivery is available - from one tree to an entire trailer load.

Shooting Star Nursery is located at 3223 Taylor Road, Central Point, OR 97502. Get directions...

Christie Mackison, co-owner and landscape designer at Shooting Star NurseryChristie Mackison
co-owner, manager, and designer

Christie left the computer-driven world of architecture to get her hands dirty in landscape design and gardening. After graduating from U of O and working in architecture in Portland she started her own landscape design and installation business and learned her way around plants working at nurseries. She was enticed to the Rogue Valley to start a business that could keep her close to home and family. Christie can be found corralling her kids while answering plant questions or teaching a class on her favorite plants. Christie loves all things plants, especially Abutilons, Manzanita, Salvias, or edibles  and can help you with your plant or design needs. She is available for design and consultation appointments at the nursery or on site.  
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co-owner and tree manager

Scott has become a true plant lover since being brought into the nursery world from architecture. He has a great eye and will pick out the best form of the tree you are looking for. Multi-trunks are his favorite and don’t get him started on olive trees (there are several hardy varieties that he can tell you about). Scott is a jack of all trades and you will find him doing everything from irrigation repairs, to loading trees to delivering large truckloads. 
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designer

Bonni started out as a Shooting Star customer with her own gardening business, when she decided this was the place for her and joined the Shooting Star team in 2008. Bonni literally squeals with delight when unusual plants show up at the nursery – and can’t help collecting her favorites, like Eryngiums, Zauschneria, Hebes and hardy Cacti to name a few. She has also had her writing published in Fine Gardening Magazine. When not tending to her two energetic boys, or her plants, she is available for design and consultation appointments on location or at the nursery. See Bonni’s other plant lists for suggestions for specific themes and locations.
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Eric Hagerman
horticulturist, native expert, and assistant manager

Eric is a third-generation plant geek. He has gardened in Seattle and Louisiana and though still learning about the subtleties of the southern Oregon climate, his drive to learn is never ending. Ask him about pruning, native plants, or the theater. Eric is also an active member of the local Rock Garden Society.
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head grower

Erik has had the opportunity to work in multiple areas of the hort industry including growing, designing, selling and greenhouse management. He is a trained horticulturist with a knack for growing and propagating plants, especially perennials. In addition to being a grower and propagator, Erik has gardened extensively over the years for many institutions and private individuals including the Baha'i Gardens in Israel, Longwood Gardens and the Delaware Center for Horticulture.

Erik is an active member of the International Plant Propagators Society and has had short articles published for various trade publications. He's happiest with a cup of coffee in his hand :) 
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Joey Sparks
horticulturalist, sales associate, and designer

Joey has always been fascinated by the world of plants, especially trees. After studying Horticulture and Crop production in college, he joined the Shooting Star team where he can be found assisting customers with various plant related projects including landscape and garden design, orchard planning, and habitat restoration.

He loves plants that look prehistoric such as ginkgo, dawn redwood, magnolias and ferns. When Joey is not at work, he enjoys travel and music.

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sales associate and creator of awesome displays

Kristen is a Rogue Valley native, and a horti-holic, who always has room for just one more plant in her garden. Anyone who has visited the nursery and seen our colorful retail displays is familiar with Kristen’s work here. She also keeps the nursery well-stocked with everyone’s favorite plants.

Kristen is a Certified Landscape Technician, whose current favorite plants include Heptacodium, Salvias, Euphorbias, Manzanitas and “anything new to the nursery”. When not here at Shooting Star, Kristen enjoys vintage VW bugs and, of course, her dogs.

 

 

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sales associate and marketing

Karen’s first job at age 14 was working in a nursery, and it’s fair to say that she’s been smitten with plants ever since. Her special interests include drought tolerant plants, pollinator gardens, native plants, and medicinal herbs.

In her spare time, Karen enjoys working in her garden, making tinctures, taking photos, and prowling around the serpentine landscapes of Josephine County looking for cool plants.

 

 

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 office manager

Nancy has been interested in gardening ever since she was a young girl and saw a picture of her grandmother with her very large, prize winning, homegrown squash. Her main interests have been growing vegetables, annuals, perennials and houseplants, but since working at the nursery her knowledge of shrubs and trees has been expanding thanks to her very experienced co-workers!
Other than collecting too many plants, Nancy enjoys quilting, crafts, hiking and travelling, especially in the national parks.