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srkrause
Boulder Creek, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 25, 2005
7:35 AM

Post #1361297

I suggest naming our favorite local nuurseries: By city/county... I look for good products, variety, and folks who know what they are talking about.

Santa Cruz 1.San Lorenzo Garden Center. 2.) Far West 3.)[natives, etc.] Sierra Azul Nursery & Gardens

San Jose: Yamagami's! Not inexpensive tho!

I travel all over the state and often wonder, if I have time to vist ONE nursery, what would it be?

Steve
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 25, 2005
7:53 AM

Post #1361308

In my own town of Sebastopol: 1) Sonoma Horticultural; 2) Harmony Farm; 3) Lone Pine. Bassignani's used to be great, but has been going downhill for years. Vintage Gardens is good, but sells mainly roses and hydrangeas and almost nothing else.

In Cotati: 1) Windmill; 2) Pond & Garden.

In Santa Rosa: 1) King's; 2) Empire One; 3) Emerisa Gardens.

In Petaluma: Cottage Gardens.

In Penngrove: Passanisi.
Kachinagirl
Modesto, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 25, 2005
2:03 PM

Post #1361564

ALDEN LANE NURSERY...Livermore...incredible place, specially on the weekends when they have entertainment, vendors (plant AND food). It's like a plant fair!
http://www.aldenlane.com/


MORRIS NURSERY...Riverbank. Very helpful and friendly. Great choices for perennials, roses, shrubs, groundcovers and statuary. SUPER products in the "Master Nursery" brand.
http://www.morrisnursery.com/

K


POOTS HOUSE OF CACTUS...Ripon...lots and lots of choices!
http://cactus-mall.com/poots/

Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

March 25, 2005
3:54 PM

Post #1361778

Living in the center of the state, population-wise and with kids and grandkids in the Bay Area and San Diego I can visit my favorites a few times each year. Tropic World on I-15 is a favorite as are Walter Anderson's, Buena Creek, Tree of Life, Theodore Payne, Worldwide Exotics, Australian Native Plants, Eye of the Day for pots, Magic Gardens, Berkeley Horticultural Nursery, Sierra Azul, Mostly Natives, and Cal Flora come to mind. I have not been to Annies, Great Petaluma Desert, Alden Lane, California Cactus Center, but they are in my sights. Locally--San Luis Obispo county-- Pacific Home, SLO Farm Supply, Miner's, Bay Laurel, Tropicana, Home Town carry a variety of things but if you are looking for something different you need to go to all of them. The wholesaler, Native Sons, is about a mile away from where I live and they supply interesting things to the local nurseries on a regular basis. Botanical garden sales, mail order and now seeds have filled in the holes. I am not a fan of the mass market merchandizers unless you follow the truck to the store and get the stuff as they are unpacking it. I live right behind Wal+Mart and it never ceases to amaze me that they cannot water the plants often enough to keep them from wilting in a climate that hardly ever gets hot.
lilystorm
San Jose, CA

March 25, 2005
3:55 PM

Post #1361781

My all-time favorite in the San Jose area is Yamagami's (technically, it's in Cupertino). They've got a stand-out selection of plants and an information booth where you can get help.
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

March 25, 2005
5:54 PM

Post #1362015

San Diego County:

Chuck1260, I agree with you about Tropic World, Walter Anderson's, and Buena Creek.

I would add Las Pilitas in Escondido for California natives, Herban Garden in Fallbrook (both also sell online), and Southwest Boulder in Fallbrook. We went to the latter for gorilla hair mulch and they have a lovely garden with samples of their rocks, pavers, etc. used in the design.

Anderson's La Costa is also a good place (not associated with Walter Anderson's) to visit, and Sunshine Gardens in Encinitas.

Oh, and not to forget Weidner's if you like fuchsias and begonias especially. People drive from all over to dig their own begonias at Weidner's. Very friendly and helpful staff, too.

Thanks for the others you mentioned!

Happenstance
Northern California, CA


March 25, 2005
6:53 PM

Post #1362141

The Great Petaluma Desert - Petaluma
http://www.gpdesert.com/

The Dry Garden – Oakland/Berkely border on Shattuck
http://www.google.com/local?hl=en&lr=&q=dry garden&near=Oakland, CA&sa=X&oi=locald&radius=0.0&latlng=37804444,-122269722,9982319278130465307

Magic Gardens - Berkeley
http://www.magicgardens.com/

Berkeley Horticultural Nursery
http://www.berkeleyhort.com/

Alden Lane Nursery - Livermore
http://www.aldenlane.com/

Annie’s Annuals & Perennials – Richmond
http://www.anniesannuals.com/default2.asp

Orchard of Lafayette
http://www.orchardnursery.com/

R & M – Clayton
http://www.google.com/local?q=R & M Pool Patio & Gardens&hl=en&lr=&sa=G&near=Clayton, CA&sc=1&radius=0&latlng=37941111,-121934722,9199423275301717454

Tassajara Nursery – Danville
2550 Camino Tassajara
925-736-7600

Navlet’s Garden Centers – various East Bay Locations
http://www.navletsgardens.com/

Morningsun Herb Farm
http://www.morningsunherbfarm.com/

Sloat’s Gardens – various locations
http://www.sloatgardens.com/

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Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


March 25, 2005
6:55 PM

Post #1362145

Annie's Annuals (NOT just annuals) in Richmond, going next month after I make a list from the website so I don't get distracted! Yeah, right, kinda like a grocery shopping list and shopping when you're hungrey!
http://www.anniesannuals.com/

Love going to:
Half Moon Bay Nursery
11691 San Mateo Rd.
Half Moon Bay

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


March 25, 2005
6:56 PM

Post #1362148

Ohhh, Candy, that list will keep me busy!!

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


March 25, 2005
7:04 PM

Post #1362168

Candy, who was that Asian guy at the Flower Show that sells several unusual plants, (I hope you met him and know who I mean) currently selling out of his home but he said he's got a place finally in Danville and is opening to public in April? He is very knowledgable and had some real cool stuff! Thats' not the Tassajara Nursery is it?

This message was edited Mar 25, 2005 12:05 PM
Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

March 25, 2005
7:07 PM

Post #1362174

Yes, I have visited the las Pilitas in Escondido. Far better organized than the one in Pozo. They had some interesting plants. The one in Pozo you really need someone to go around with you as none of the plants are labelled. I have a hard time telling many of the manzanitas apart. Both have interesting stuff.
Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

March 25, 2005
7:10 PM

Post #1362178

The nursery associated with the Botanical/animal garden, forgotten its name, in Palm Springs is fabulous. They have some very unusual stuff, spent several hours there.
Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

March 25, 2005
7:16 PM

Post #1362194

Don't forget the various botanical gardens, some of them have very good nurseries attached and almost all of them have at least one sale per year. Santa Barbara Botanical, UCR, Rancho Santa Ana, UCDavis, Quail are all sales I have been to and found a great variety of items. I am going to try UC Berkeley, Strybing, UC Santa Cruz this year and the spring sale at the Huntington. The fall sale at the Huntington has very interesting succulents and cacti, with a heavy emphasis on caudiciform type plants. The Rancho Santa Ana sale is an absolute zoo, but you can buy more plants faster than any place I have been to. Being a one of each kind person, I am looking for the unusual and the botanical garden sales have them.
Happenstance
Northern California, CA


March 25, 2005
7:16 PM

Post #1362196

No that's not it...he was so busy when I was there I didn't have a chance to chat with him this year. He used to only do a couple shows and sell at the Pier in the city on weekends. That would be excellent if he has a real location to visit!

Let me go see if I can find the name...it's Potpouri Plants, Paradise Plants...something like that!

It's Plantopia Nursery... :-) Lawrence Lee

Here's a blurb about him:
http://www.modestogardenclub.org/meeting.htm

Lawrence Lee is owner of Plantopia Nursery (formerly Fine Foliage) which is a featured vendor at the S.F. Flower and Garden Show and the Ferry Plaza Garden Market. He is also Coordinator of volunteer plant propagators and plant sales at the U.C. Botanical Garden, Berkeley.
Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

March 25, 2005
7:20 PM

Post #1362207

Weidner's has some great looking brugmansias just growing around. Digging your own begonias is a treat. Been there many times. I went to Herban a long time ago. I will have to try again. I hear there is a very good cactus nursery in Solana Beach.

Calif_Sue

Calif_Sue
Northern California
United States
(Zone 9a)


March 25, 2005
11:09 PM

Post #1362661

That's him! He sure has a popular booth at the show. Well, he said that he was opening in Danville next month so hopefully I can locate where and when and really take the time to check out those plants. Let me know if you find anything first.
Thanks.
PudgyMudpies

(Zone 9a)

March 26, 2005
12:45 AM

Post #1362895

There are no nurseries in my area that impress me. I have to go to Elk Grove (outskirts of Sacramento) to find a decent one, Capital Nursery. I think they are expensive, but maybe that is because I am used to growing my own. LOL
http://www.capitalnursery.com/
srkrause
Boulder Creek, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 26, 2005
3:19 AM

Post #1363264

My nephews in Sacramento say this is a great one:
Matsuda's Nursery
Phone: 916.381.1625
Map Link: 8501 Jackson Rd., Sacramento
Description: Large full-service nursery.
HaroldS
Glendale, AZ

March 27, 2005
2:56 AM

Post #1365284

I like Daniels in Lakeside for cactus & succulents http://danielscactus.hypermart.net/ Don't let his website fool you - he has tons of plants in several greenhouses. Also House of Cactus on Beach Blvd in Stanton. My wife likes Kartuz in Vista http://www.kartuz.com/ Harold
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 29, 2005
8:55 PM

Post #1371347

Parkview Nursery in Riverside (they have two in Riverside), has been helping me design and landscape my yard.. After the flooding, I could not keep up with it flooding 5 times. Anyway, they have some of the neatest plants, (very limited cactus/succulents), but have great passionvines and other tropicals.. they will also order plants for you/or try to find them if they are not available in this area.



smithav
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 30, 2005
10:37 PM

Post #1373523

http://www.sacramentogardening.com/nurseries.html#p

From the list, I highly recommend POW Nursery in Wilton,CA (south of Sacramento) located on Quince and Dillard Rd. Lots of top quality plants and the best prices I've seen yet.
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

April 1, 2005
5:21 AM

Post #1376557

I like Sperling Nursery in Calabasas. Mel-O-Dee in Chatsworth and Green Thumb in Canoga Park are pretty decent. These probably don't compare to those San Diego County nurseries, but I've never been to any of those, so I can't say.

daisyavenue
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 1, 2005
6:01 AM

Post #1376575

San Diego Dreamin', Kelli?

I 'heard' that there is a nursery with tropicals in SD that has a vanilla bean plant. I am hoping and dreaming to get down there soon...
nancysaltsman
Livermore, CA

April 1, 2005
2:20 PM

Post #1376994

How about Western Hills Rare Plant Nursery in Forrestville. Great garden, wonderful stock, good staff.
ns
angelap789
Carmichael, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 1, 2005
4:48 PM

Post #1377369

In Greater Sacramento, my faves are:

Bushnell Gardens Nursery in Granite Bay-- large and attractive and carries Annie's Annuals. They also have great workshops. Prices are not cheap but they have good sales.
http://www.bushnellgardens.com/main.htm

Capital Nursery , Sunrise Boulevard (Citrus Heights) location-- nice selection of 4" perennials, herbs, color, heirloom veggies, seeds, annuals, etc.
http://www.capitalnursery.com/

P.O.W Nursery in Wilton-- you can get some great bargains on fun perennials, shrubs and trees if you know what you're looking for (cans are recycled and labeling is sporadic)
12724 Quince Ln Wilton, CA

Cornflower Farms in Elk Grove-- wholesale, but open to the public by appt. and some 2nd Saturdays) for native plants
http://cornflowerfarms.com/

Windmill Nursery in Carmichael-- good source of perennials, herbs and Annie's annuals
http://www.windmillnurseryinc.com/

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This message was edited Dec 1, 2005 10:18 AM
CApoppy
Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 2, 2005
3:48 PM

Post #1379296

There are several mentions of Yamagamis in Cupertino. It is my longtime favorite too. I would love it if those of you that stop in there from time to time will help me try to convince them not to carry broom. It is spreading everywhere in the mountains. To say it is an invasive intruder is putting it mildly. The good folks at Yamagamis said that their supplier claims that the variety they carry is sterile. I am skeptical. But even if that is true, I believe it is better not to carry something that is an unwelcome guest in its other forms. The public cannot be blamed for not knowing the difference. Enough said. I love Yamagamis.

I also love Yerba Buena for its wonderful selection of natives. It is farther afield up off of Skyline Blvd. in the mountains above Woodside. But it is well worth the outing. Their acres of native landscaping portray the haunting beauty of a wild California that is rapidly vanishing. The website is http://www.yerbabuenanursery.com/

And on the coast there is my friend Erin's great native plant nursery in Aptos, Native Revival Nursery, at 2600 Mar Vista Drive, Aptos http://www.nativerevival.com/
stellapathic
Cambria, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 2, 2005
3:57 PM

Post #1379325

Hope this link works. There's a nice article on nurseries in today's OC Register. Pretty comprehensive list. http://ocregister.com/multimedia/nurseryguide/
srkrause
Boulder Creek, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 2, 2005
7:09 PM

Post #1379614

CApoppy:

Have you ever been to Sierra Azul in Watsonville?
Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

April 3, 2005
10:42 PM

Post #1381538

Sierra Azul is an interesting nursery. I try to go there several times a year. I always find something I do not have. An interesting collection of Mediterranean plants, a mix of South African, Australian, CA natives. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and they do not bother you while you are selecting your plants, but are very willing to help if you want.
Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

April 3, 2005
10:45 PM

Post #1381545

Sperling is one of the best general purpose nurseries in Southern California. They have a little bit of everything, the common stuff and the unusual. It is usually quite busy so you know their stock gets rotated. The staff is knowlegeable, plants are well taken care of, prices are not too bad. They have a good selection of perennials, CA natives, cactus, pots and so on.

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


April 5, 2005
3:46 PM

Post #1385338

Here's a great succulent nursery I just ran across near me- the place is enormous! On Saticoy near Tampa in the San Fernando Valley

Thumbnail by palmbob
Click the image for an enlarged view.

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


April 5, 2005
3:48 PM

Post #1385347

Here's a view of one of several greenhouses- they are totally crammed-packed!

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Click the image for an enlarged view.

Kachinagirl
Modesto, CA
(Zone 8b)

April 5, 2005
3:49 PM

Post #1385353

Oh gee, Palmbob, I'd be in trouble if I lived near that one! Great pic, thanks for sharing! Neat Dinos!
K

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


April 5, 2005
3:50 PM

Post #1385357

Here's another shot of another greenhouse

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Click the image for an enlarged view.

Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

April 5, 2005
4:04 PM

Post #1385387

What is the name and address? Do they have a website? Thanks for the information in advance.
Happenstance
Northern California, CA


April 5, 2005
4:30 PM

Post #1385421

I've known for a long time I lived in the wrong half of the state. Must you rub it in??!!! LOL

There just isn't a market up here that would support that kind of nursery...so sad because so many things do well in the warmer microclimates of the Bay Area.

Just gorgeous, thanks for the beauty jolt!

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


April 5, 2005
10:08 PM

Post #1386071

No web site... not even sure of the name... looks like it's out of some guys back yard, only it's at least an acre. Hardly anyone there speaks english. Only open weekends. Prices are not that great, but selection is hard to beat. If you want 100-1000 of anything, they have it.. .didn't see any super rare stuff there, though. Probably sell mostly to local landscapers.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 9, 2005
4:48 AM

Post #1392479

I have two little local nurseries that I love. Wegman's in Redwood City and Roger Reynolds in Atherton. Roger Reynolds is really old timey and friendly. The people know me and I can get ahold of the buyer of trees, perennials, etc. easily. I can also get ahold of someone to help me with probems. If they are having a busy time they will make an appointment to either talk to me at the nursery or by phone. Wegman's is the same way, but a little larger and not so likely to carry unusual plants. They will try and order anything that I want. What more can I ask? Except of course what Yerba Buena has and nurseries like that. They are just very special. There is a lovely little Bonsai place in Palo Alto that could take you back to the 50's in 3 seconds. I'm attached to the old places where I'm folks.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 11, 2005
3:57 AM

Post #1395278

If anyone's within driving distance of the Sebastopol flea market, it has great plant deals on Sundays. Some plants are there Saturday too, but not as many.

Today I bought gorgeous blooming bearded iris in big containers, at least three iris in each can, for $4.00 each (each can, not each iris) and blooming aquilegia with lots of buds in gallon cans for $1.50 each. There's also Steve, who sells lots of different perennials and sedums for a couple of dollars each in gallon cans, but I didn't get anything from him today because my garden's already packed with everything he sells. At those prices, it's easy to get carried away.
Draconator
Walnut Creek, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2005
12:32 PM

Post #1400243

My fav's:

Tassajara - Danville
Sloat (for that hard to find Azalea :-) )
gacarnegie
Davis, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 15, 2005
11:37 PM

Post #1405385

In the Sacramento area:

Lemuria Nursery (wholesale but open to the public) in Dixon is worth the trip! I have to pick up 4 5gal mock oranges for a project and paid half of what Capitol nursery wanted to charge me.

3 Palms in Davis... if you go on a Tue or Weds, I think the 5gal are $4 each. The guy who owns it is great and he stocks lots of xeriscape plants.

Talini's Nursery near east Sac has a great selection of harder to find things but is a bit more expensive.

Morning Sun which was mentioned above is herb heaven... great place.
jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 18, 2005
8:04 PM

Post #1411245

Some which have not yet been mentioned:

San Francisco Farmers Market Sundays has a special plant vendor section

Long's Drug Store Garden Center, Rockridge location in Oakland, 51st & Broadway -- run by a manager who is a real gardener, and it shows. Beautiful healthy plants, ever-changing selection (as word gets around, pros are jumping in and snatching up the rarer stock before it disappears), at prices well below East Bay Nursery and Berkeley Horticultural. I picked up a melianthus recently, one of only three, at a price of $23.99 -- well below the $39.99 for a smaller specimen at BerkHort. One of my most prized garden plants is a variegated rhamnus, which only Long's carried.

Regan's Nursery in Fremont (huge selection of roses)

Golden Nursery, San Mateo (SF Peninsula) -- an old nursery right off Hwy 101, the land it sits on must be worth several million $$$. It's huge, and you can find some rare plants no one else has. I had been looking for the vertical euonymus but wasn't willing to pay a huge price mailorder for a tiny plant. No one else local carried it, but I wandered through Golden one day, and there it was, for $8.99!

Evergreen Nursery in San Leandro (Bay Area, East Bay) -- nothing unusual or outrageous, just a good working nursery with knowledgable sales reps, large grounds with a wide selection of shrubs and trees. Lovely koi pond, easy parking too.

I want to make special mention of the Sloat Garden Center local chain in regards to their nursery in Kentfield (Marin County). It's really exceptional, in a beautiful location with an extensive variety of shrubs and very knowledgable sales reps.
Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

April 18, 2005
8:09 PM

Post #1411261

I am interested in Golden Nursery, never been there. Where exactly is it located. Several others are quite new to me. Especially Sloat's Kentfield Nursery.

There is a giant Melianthus major on the side of the road by the San Luis Obispo airport. It must be 30 feet across. And it freezes out there too. I haven't tried any of the other melianthi.
jkom51
Oakland, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 18, 2005
8:12 PM

Post #1411270

Golden Nursery - 1122 2nd Ave, San Mateo, 94401 - (650) 348-5525


Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

April 18, 2005
8:14 PM

Post #1411273

Thanks, I am headed up that weekend after next, to see the grandkids, but also Strybing and Berkeley and Annies and now Golden.
Happenstance
Northern California, CA


April 18, 2005
8:16 PM

Post #1411287

Haven't been there in a long time!

Golden Nursery
(650) 348-5525
1122 2nd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401

http://www.goldennursery.com/contact.htm
Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

April 18, 2005
8:22 PM

Post #1411301

The pictures from their site would indicate they have a lot of stuff. Oh,oh, more plants, just what I need. More plants, more seeds, total overload. Are we having fun yet?
margu
Los Angeles, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 19, 2005
1:51 AM

Post #1411918

Hey Angelinos! I just discovered a wonderful nursery in San Gabriel, it's called The San Gabriel Nursery at 625 S. San Gabriel Blvd. It's absolutely huge and has EVERYTHING. A huge bonsai selection, palms, ferns, fruit trees, shrubs, flowers, bamboo, groundcovers, you name it. And all the plants are in beautiful condition and reasonably priced. I felt like I was in an arboretum where everything was for sale! Go with plenty of time and money. I noticed a sign saying your Huntington Library and Arboretum card gives you a discount.
CApoppy
Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 23, 2005
3:08 PM

Post #1421872

Last weekend I was in Monterey and came home by way of Sierra Azul Nursery in Watsonville, thanks to your tip, srkrause. I spent more than an hour wandering around the spectacular planted areas. It is indeed a very relaxed atmosphere.

I finally selected a penstemon as my plant of choice for the day. There was a man (owner?) who was watering plants. Since I live in the mountains at about 2700 feet and the nursery is not far above sea level, I told him of the care I had to use to select appropriate plants for my elevation which has quite a different climate even though it is only about an hour away. He knew immediately what zone I was in. He had good advice on what would work based on knowledge of what worked for his parents who live in a similar situation.

How nice to find a business that is so user friendly and low key.
RachaelBee
N., CA
(Zone 9a)

April 30, 2005
9:27 PM

Post #1438694

I just went to a beautiful nursery today. It is in Yuba City on Shasta Street near Center Street in downtown Yuba City. I wanted to give them a little plug because as much as I shop at Walmart, I still believe in supporting local business. It is a big old Victorian with a huge yards which are jam-packed with gorgeous plants. While strolling the trails that wound around the gardens, under arbors and past antiques that held more plants, I found myself relaxing and sinking into the atmosphere. There is music coming from somewhere, mingled with the sounds of the fountains and a chicken coop (!). I was so inspired there. The way it is layed out, it just flows. And fun, too. There's a chandelier in the potting shed! There's a jammed-packed gift shop inside that I couldnt spend too much time in since I was with my kids. And the prices... well, they aren't cheap. But I might go back and splurge on a special plant this week.
lisamr
Roseville, CA
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2005
11:15 PM

Post #1453048

Here are a couple of nurseries I have visited and purchased plants from that are in my area Placer County and some from Sacramento County:

Bushnell Garden & Nursery
5255 Douglas Blvd
Granite Bay, CA
(916)791-4199
http://www.bushnellgardens.com

Capital Nursery
5410 Sunrise Blvd
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
(916)684-2100
http://www.capitalnursery.com

Windmill Nursery
5750 Windmill Way
Carmichael, CA
(916)972-0794



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jcangemi
Clovis, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 8, 2005
1:33 PM

Post #1455737

San Fernando Valley:

World Wide Exotics, Inc.
11157 Orcas Avenue
Sylmar, CA 91342
1-818-890-1915
Drought Tolerant perrenials, tropicals and sub-tropicals.
Walk-in business only. NO CREDIT CARDS!!!
WED-SAT 9:30-4:00PM

You can walk down a long road, with stuff in huge sections all along either side. They'll take you in a golf cart if you have physical issues. Had a huge section of pools w/water lilies. Prices were very reasonably for what I bought. A little tricky to find, but I can give directions if anyone is interested.

Fresno/Clovis Area Faves:

H & E Nursery
160 W. Nees, Fresno
7749 E. Shaw, Clovis

Willow Gardens Nursery & Garden Center
10428 N. Willow Ave. Clovis

Evergreen Nursery & Gift Center
210 W. Alluvial, Clovis

Riverside Landscape & Nursery Supplies
5215 N. Golden State Blvd. Fresno

There are several nearby in the foothills, will post later.

RachaelBee
N., CA
(Zone 9a)

May 8, 2005
3:57 PM

Post #1455962

Lisa - went to Windmill yesterday and did frivolous shopping for my mother day present! I LOVE it there! The prices and the guys are great!
~Rachael
margu
Los Angeles, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 9, 2005
3:55 AM

Post #1457125

jcangemi-thanks for the World Wide Exotics address, I grew up in Sylmar, but don't remember that nursery. I'm going to check it out next time I'm out there.
angelap789
Carmichael, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 10, 2005
5:10 PM

Post #1460378

After a recent trip to Berkeley Hort., I posted some photos of the nursery on my garden blog. Enjoy!

Angela

http://sacgardening.blogspot.com/

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lisamr
Roseville, CA
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2005
3:56 PM

Post #1467139

LOL Bluenikko...far from home! I know I love the little shop they have. I wanted to ask you what the name was of that nursery you visited in your post on April 30th? I would love to check it out sometime...sunday mornings I usually stop at nurseries after an early morning of garage saling LOL
RachaelBee
N., CA
(Zone 9a)

May 13, 2005
4:24 PM

Post #1467190

Lisa, just yesterday I told Angela about it in the "Hello, Fellow Cal's..." thread:

posted a little write-up on May 30 on the "favorite nurseries" thread in this forum. I've been back there since, and although it is beautiful and has a cool gift shop, the plants are small and expensive. I think worth a trip, though. It is Vintagehouse Nursery Co. 661 Shasta St., Yuba City CA 95991 530-755-4242.

Let me know if you go. I'd like to know what you think about it.
~Rachael
p.s. have you been to Bushnell Gardens in Granite Bay? I am going to try to fit in a trip there this weekend.
RachaelBee
N., CA
(Zone 9a)

May 13, 2005
4:26 PM

Post #1467192

Lisa, I just saw your thread mentioning Bushnells. Duh!
angelap789
Carmichael, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 13, 2005
7:14 PM

Post #1467474

Hi again, Rachael,

Bushnell's is a great nursery. I think you'll appreciate it best if you visit on a day when they're having a speaker or workshop.

Pluses include: size (big if you count the fabulous daylily and Japanese iris area up the hill), colorfully landscaped entry, decent supply of interesting and/or drought-tolerant perennials, decent display of all plant types (trees, groundcovers, annuals, perennials, water plants, alpine plants, conifers, roses, grasses, etc.), they carry Annie's Annuals, attractive covered outdoor area for workshops and garden accessories, the setting is peaceful and attractive, they have a vending machine if you get hungry or thirsty (plenty of eateries nearby too), parking's easy, children's play area (unsupervised), good sale prices.

Minuses include: porta potty (no restroom), prices can be high (they seemed lower before the fancy remodel), the indoor building for seeds/supplies/decoration, etc. is heavy on fake flowers and vases when it could use more garden items (tools, gloves, apparel, etc.). imho, of course. ;-)

http://www.bushnellgardens.com/ (website's pretty bad, but contact info is on there)

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RachaelBee
N., CA
(Zone 9a)

May 13, 2005
9:48 PM

Post #1467740

Thanks so much for the info, Angela! It's good to know I can bring the kids and they will be entertained. I'll let you know what goodies I aquire from there!
I have a question for you about zones, but I'll send it in a separate "Dave-mail." ~Rachael

PotEmUp

PotEmUp
Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 26, 2005
2:48 AM

Post #1497679

With the several mentions of Yamagami's, I went there last weekend. I thought the prices were too high, so I didn't buy anything. Even their 1/2 off bulbs seemed to be over regular price elsewhere. As I left I noticed Summer Winds Nursery about 1/2 block away. http://www.summerwindsca.com I found it to be a very nice nursery. Still a little pricier than what I am used to, but I definitely left with a load of plants.

My local nursery in Fremont is Regan Nursery http://www.regannursery.com/ It is 2 blocks off of 880 on Hwy 84 (Decoto Rd) heading East. Very large selection of roses and nice variety of plants. They host several club events during the year (Iris, Bonsai, etc.) and have free "events" regularly.

Also in Fremont is the Mission Adobe Nursery. It is in the Niles District on Niles Blvd, at Nursery. Not a really impressive nursery, but it is located on the last remnants of The California Nursery http://www.fremontica.com/roadside/cnco.htm I probably have one of the Canary Island Palms that was left over from the Nurseries stock to plant in San Francisco in 1915 for the Pan Am Exposition. About 4 foot of aged root shows, where the box used to be, before the palm rooted into the ground.

New to Northern California is Armstrong Garden Centers http://www.armstronggarden.com/aboutus.html I have been to the one in Dublin several times and enjoy it because it stocks plants for warmer climates. I had never seen Plumeria at a local nursery, until I saw them at Armstrong's.
jills
Alameda, CA
(Zone 9b)

June 20, 2005
5:11 AM

Post #1561398

Berkeley Hort and Lafayette's Orchard are my local favorites, although I also like the Rockridge (Oakland) Long's, of all things. Glad to know I'm not the only one on that!

I grew up on Yamagami's, but I did buy a camelia a couple of years ago that was labelled as Jordan's Pride but turned out to be something else -- a common dark pink blossom. Come to think of it, that's also where I bought my lilies that were supposed to be red but are bright yellow. My sense is that they aren't quite as top-notch as they once were.

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Chuck1260
Arroyo Grande, CA

June 20, 2005
5:39 AM

Post #1561421

Those were my thoughts on Yamagami's, that it used to be an outstanding nursery but now had gone to seed. Interesting four-inch plants of great variety, mostly from Annies, but that was about it as far as interesting plants. I was there in the fall, so perhaps that was the reason.
sevensisters
Soquel, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2005
5:07 PM

Post #1577409

i like Far West Nursery in Santa Cruz; nice variety, more unusuals.

Soquel Nursery growers is great b/c it's huge--you have to drive around on a special plant cart! Though primarily for landscapers (it's a wholesale nursery), they told me they do sell to non-businesses. Great tree and 1gal selections + many natives.

One I'm still meaning to check out (got a gift cert. for my b-day) is Hidden Gardens Nursery in Aptos...yep, must be hidden since I've lived here 16 years and never heard of it! Will report back...
CBernard
Perris, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2005
8:47 PM

Post #1577961

I agree with Gourd in So Cal that Parkview Nursery in Riverside is very, very good although I have only been at the Magnolia Blvd-Jackson Street location. The personnel are never too busy to answer questions and they have an excellent selection.

PotEmUp

PotEmUp
Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 17, 2005
2:14 PM

Post #1629578

How about wandering about in the gold country. Specializing in daylilies Amador Flower Farm http://www.amadorflowerfarm.com/ has a nicely planted area with water features, picnic area and most important - clean restrooms. Oh, and lots of nice plants.
Amador Flower Farm
22001 Shenandoah School Road
Plymouth, CA. 95669
(209) 245.6660
and if you don't want to drive all the way up there, some of the 800 daylily varieties are available at [HYPERLINK@amadorflowerfarm.com] and they have 100% on Garden Watchdog.

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RachaelBee
N., CA
(Zone 9a)

July 17, 2005
8:18 PM

Post #1630194

Thank you for that suggestion! My hubby and I were just talking about taking a drive to Amador county. It's beautiful there!
tructus
San Francisco, CA

July 20, 2005
8:57 PM

Post #1637103

In San Francisco, try Floorcraft Garden Center on Bayshore Blvd.

They have an excellent selection (always something new) and good prices. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly - I learn something every time I go. Their "Bargain Basement' section has stuff that's only slightly the worse for wear, and priced up to 75% off.

If a Home Depot comes in across the street, Floorcraft will probably be history. So PATRONIZE THEM!!! FIGHT THE MACHINE!!!
nurserydude
South San Francisco, CA

July 26, 2005
7:52 PM

Post #1651626

Check out Tyler's Carlmont Nursery in Belmont. It's a little tough to find since it's buried in a shopping center right on the corner of Ralston and Alameda de las Pulgas.

They specialize in Japanese Maples and have a pretty impressive collection including a 24" Box Golden Full Moon that's about 9' tall. It's gorgeous.

Lot's of bamboo, too as well as all the regular stuff.

Nursery is nestled between a restaurant and shops and has a park-like feel with a small stream and waterfall. I hear they have had a few weddings there also. Just look for the Bank of America and they are right behind it.

Worth a trip just to look around!

PotEmUp

PotEmUp
Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 21, 2005
2:42 AM

Post #1707628

I just came back from a brief trip to Fort Bragg - Mendocino. I think I found my new favorite. Hortus Botanicus http://davesgarden.com/gwd/c/3379/ is not your usual nursery, but a real adventure. Ranging from carniverous plants to succulents. Reasonable prices and a real varied selection of plants you are likely to not find anywhere else. The photo shows how serious they are about their plants.
I also visited Fuchsiarama - a great source of Fuchsia, with a smattering of tuberous begonia and brugsmania.

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 21, 2005
3:32 AM

Post #1707746

They both sound great, PotEmEp. I love Hortus Botanicus' Website. I'll have to get up there one of these days.
chunx
San Diego, CA

September 13, 2005
11:15 PM

Post #1757486

San Diego - By far the best is Walter Anderson Nursery. I also like Mission Hills Nursery. For general plants that you can buy just about anywhere, I have great luck with Lowe's and believe it or not, Target on Balboa Ave. The Target is in the same center as Home Depot and their plants outshine H.D.'s half dead stuff any day.
hanna1
Castro Valley, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 22, 2005
10:58 PM

Post #1775813

House of Cactus in Stanton is no longer there, was one of my favorites!!!
He sold it to someone and I hear it is being torn down for new development! Sigh...
Annie
weegy12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

September 26, 2005
5:46 PM

Post #1782824

In the Upland area, there's Mt. Fuji Nursery, a little expensive but well maintained and they are very helpful, anything you want, they either have it or can get it. I love strolling through there, so soothing.
ladyrowan
Garberville, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 28, 2005
5:36 AM

Post #1786083

Weegy, if you live in that area, there is also another Nursery on Benson, just north of Foothill Blvd. I can't remember the name, but I used to go there with my Grandmother every Christmas to buy Poinsettias.

Lori
weegy12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

September 28, 2005
3:24 PM

Post #1786576

Well, thank you Lori, I do live in the Upland area, I'm not sure that nursery is still there but I'll check it out, thanks again.
hanna1
Castro Valley, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 29, 2005
2:40 AM

Post #1898279

*bump*
ZZsBabiez
Lodi, CA
(Zone 9b)

November 29, 2005
11:10 PM

Post #1899525

I live in Lodi... I just got back from Weigum's Nursery. I have lived here a long time, I've always passed up this nursery thinking it was way too small and overpriced. Wow! I was wrong! A family run nursery with a lot of exotic stuff.. Bonsai, etc. Some very strange/beautiful Maples, weeping juniper, contorted filbert tree, ferns galore, etc. etc. I walked around with a grin for more than an hour, trying to take it all in.
Super friendly people. A customer spotted a huge fuchsia hanging amongst the ferns and asked the price. It was marked $32. I heard Vern, the owner say "I can sell it for $20." It was an AWESOME plant, still blooming and had to be in an 16 to18" hanging basket. To me, that was a good deal... and I'm a tight wad.. I have to be!
Bedding plants were $3. which is actually not as high as I expected.
They have a gift shop with a gazillion things.. I wouldn't bring the kids, but it was a magical trip for me alone. Gosh.. I sure hope Santa knows about this place!


Weigum's Lodi Nursery
401 N Ham Lane
Lodi, CA 95242
(209)369-6288
weegy12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

November 30, 2005
1:09 AM

Post #1899709

what does *bump* mean?
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2005
1:46 AM

Post #1899761

My favorite nurseries are Berkeley Horticultural Nursery and Annie's Annuals, both of which were mentioned in previous posts, but here are two others worth mentioning that I didn't see above:

Grand Lake Ace Garden Center in Oakland--they have a great selection of bedding plants but also have a surprisingly good selection of Australian/South African plants--lots of stuff I haven't seen anywhere else except maybe Sierra Azul (but this is a much shorter drive!). They're the only nursery I've seen in the Bay Area that carries plants from Australian Native Plants Nursery, in addition to some of the more common growers. It's pretty small compared to some other nurseries, but they have a ton of great plants--I stop by there regularly and don't think I've ever left empty handed!

Mostly Natives Nursery in Tomales--I've only been here once, but they had a nice selection of CA native plants and I'm sure I'll make the trip out there again sometime next year.
http://www.mostlynatives.com/
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2005
2:12 AM

Post #1900249

Weegy, "bump" means you don't have anything crucial to add, but you want to send the thread back up to the top of the page.
weegy12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

November 30, 2005
2:48 AM

Post #1900306

Hey, that's great, thanks...now I know!
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

December 6, 2005
4:25 AM

Post #1910201

finally checked out "green jeans nursery" in mill valley along 101. they have tree-like sanguineas - - - great news to me. that means it will do well where i live, too!
hanna1
Castro Valley, CA
(Zone 9a)

December 6, 2005
3:41 PM

Post #1910688

Great news for you!!!
RuTemple
San Jose, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 12, 2006
7:14 PM

Post #2184784

Mid-Peninsula:

Wegman's Nursery
492 Woodside Road
Redwood City, CA 94061
Phone: 650 368-5908
Fax: 650 368-0403
http://www.wegmansnursery.com/
family owned and operated for over 40 years and it shows, in all the best ways.



Plant sales hosted by the Master Gardeners of the UCCE - get there early on the first day, apparently they opened this year at 9am and were cleared out of over 70 tomato varietals and all the hot peppers and 17 different basil varietals, oh my! (Sunday an hour before closing when I got there, there were still medium-hot and several different sweet peppers which was what I wanted).
Look for the sales, and other events year round at
http://www.mastergardeners.org/events/index.html
sudhira
Aptos, CA

April 24, 2006
1:52 PM

Post #2216266

Alladin Nursery on Freedom Blvd in Freedom ( Watsonville, CA )...Large selection well organized, the owner is a sweet man, very helpful...a bit pricey though. Although I don't travel to Santa Cruz too often, I did visit The Garden Company on Mission Street. Plants were healthy, fantastic gift shop.

wcgypsy
Fallbrook, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 11, 2006
3:45 PM

Post #2269015

Also...Green Thumb Nursery in San Marcos,really good general nursery, Plant World on I-15 north of Escondido across from Tropic World. I like that I find perennials there in 6-packs that I usually don't see elsewhere. Also, sadly, Herban Garden in Fallbrook is no longer here, they've retired, moved to Oregon. I would not be surprised to see them start up something in Oregon,though

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kanita
Los Angeles, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 11, 2006
11:39 PM

Post #2270279

Two of my favorite nurseries for the LA area are:

Moneta's Nursery
13633 S Vermont Ave
Gardena

Rainbow Nursery
1617 W Florence Ave
Los Angeles, 90047
(323) 753-6121

Both have a great variety of American Heirlooms and Asian Heirloom vegetables.

kanita
stellapathic
Cambria, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 12, 2006
5:03 AM

Post #2271338

Wow, heirlooms. Now that interests me. I copied those addresses, thanks.
kanita
Los Angeles, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 12, 2006
1:31 PM

Post #2271953

Stellapathic - I love these nurseries. Moneta's even has a specialty seed section of Kizawa seeds. Asian heirloom seed company. I got my edamame seeds from them. Plus they had a lot of herbs, which I am trying to learn more about before I purchase them and they go to waste.

Both have great prices, but Rainbow is a little cheaper. I got a nice size thick 4" contantainer, of orange thyme from them for only $.98

They both tend to have a lot of Asian tomato varieties at certain times of year.

kanita
farmerj111
Loomis, CA

May 17, 2006
3:51 PM

Post #2289199

Have to add High Hand Nursery in Loomis for you N. CA folks. It's not for the budget shopper, but they have some really neat stuff. I stopped in on Mother's day to grab a plant for mom and they had this incredible hand bag topiary made from hundreds and hundreds of tiny succulents arranged in patterns. It was out of my price range, but I was tempted.
terracotta
Santa Barbara County, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 18, 2006
2:18 AM

Post #2290977

My favorite nursery in this part of the state is Miller Farms in McKinleyville. I also tend to visit Pierson's in Eureka because it's so close. Somehow my car just turns into their parking lot whenever I'm passing by.

When I visit family in the Lompoc area, I like to drive over to Windmill Nursery in Buellton. They have lots of perennials in six-packs (including unusual varieties of plants that I generally only see in seed form) and have helpful staff who really know what they're talking about. I always find plenty of goodies there, and the prices (especially for those fantastic six-packs of perennials) are excellent. BTW, I've noticed a number of people have mentioned Windmill Nursery, but in different towns. Is Windmill Nursery a chain, or is it just a common name?

WetDog
Davis, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 19, 2006
12:35 AM

Post #2294222

One place I like to check out in Aptos is the Farmer's Market at Cabrillo College. It is held every Saturday morning, and a couple of the stands sell plants. I think that the prices are reasonable, and the stock very good.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 25, 2006
1:19 AM

Post #2314312

I did find Carlmont nursery

and if you love really beautiful plants and good help it's a wonderful place to go. They do specialize in Japanese Maples but they have most everything else and much that you wouldn't expect. It's a great place to look for a surprise. I did go and buy a couple of maples there and I couldn't be happier.

http://www.carlmontnursery.com/
desgun
San Jose, CA

May 28, 2006
5:02 AM

Post #2324217

I have been a regular at Yamagami's. Best to go there early on a week end or in the evenings on week days. The staff is outstanding and willing to spend time discussing problem issues. Not too keen to order "special plants" that they do not carry.
For bamboo, Giant Bamboo Nursery in Aptos is great. I could spend hours there. There plants are healthy and staff good.
tonyjr
Union City, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 31, 2006
1:44 AM

Post #2333695

Anyone know of a good one in Santa Maria ? The one I used to go to is now a condo . Going down this weekend to sister-in-laws if wife isn't sick .
lynnrobinsona
Santa Barbara, CA

June 24, 2006
4:01 AM

Post #2426614

In Santa Barbara, Knapp Nursey (off of Cathedral Oaks) is cheap and has a HUGE selection of everthing under the sun.
plantmum
Napa, CA
(Zone 9b)

August 9, 2007
10:17 PM

Post #3837696

Please add Mid City Nursery in American Canyon, on Hwy 29 as you head into the Napa Valley. The same family has owned it since 1953, they are on their 5th generation. Yes, I am biased because I work there! :)
Check it out, 3 1/2 acres of plants.

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PotEmUp
Fremont, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 9, 2007
10:51 PM

Post #3837807

A big welcome to Plantmum. I hope you enjoy cruising around DG. Your nursery is posted at http://gardens.com/go/view/9329/ with only 1 raving review so far, hopefully more of us will make it up your way. Come over and visit with more DGer's on 10/13 in Moraga http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/737316/.

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