On June 25, 2012, agricola42 from Altadena, CA wrote:
My experience, for years, was excellent. They provided plants, trees, and generous assistance to gardens and landscaping for three houses we have lived in in the Pasadena area. Unfortunately, they are history: closed, gone, with only a bleak suburban landscape to remind us. I have been going to Burkard's (excellent but at twice the cost), to Armstrongs on Glenarm (very good but somewhat generic) and also to the Lincoln Avenue Nursery in Pasadena, where some former Perssons' employees are working (not enough experience to comment). In other words, nothing has yet come close to replacing the original.
As a professional landscaper, I have had excellent experiences with Persson's Nursery for well over 20 years. We have enjoyed the use their exceptional plant stock and knowledgeable staff for many consultation and installation needs.
The lovely displays are a fabulous way to get a sample of provocative plant combinations and design ideas.
I feel that I am adequately welcomed by all the staff that I encounter whenever I arrive at the nursery, whether I purchase plants or am just looking to see what to weave into my next job. And, there is always a helping hand to load my truck ! The more pleasant I am, the more fun I have there !
Keep doing an excellent job, Linda, Gary, Mary, Carol, Augie, Alicia, Catalina and all of the staff out there watering !
On November 10th, 2009, Gwyny added the following:
This is a large self service nursery. Prices are competitive. Generous bedding selection. Staff is knowledgable and helpful. Busy place. They offer a quantity discount. Their "Harvest Garden' is inspirational! And one of the employees shared some strawberries and arugula with me....sweet! Awesome selection of heirloom tomatoes. They had colorful garden hats, organic fertilizers, and pretty garden gift cards. Take some time to shop and enjoy.
On July 12, 2008, Jungleman from Pasadena, CA wrote:
As others have posted, I'll keep this one short.
A big, well stocked, family-run nursery with a little bit of everything. Some plants were not priced or labeled and there was a dearth of tropical fruit trees other than citrus, though they had many varieties of stone fruits.
Overall, prices were very competitive, and some things were even on the low end. I would recommend this nursery for big landscape jobs where one might need multiples of any one plant, as they have a bulk style of inventory.
On July 23, 2007, digatunnel from Pasadena, CA wrote:
The best nursery!!! People came from miles around to help save this nursery from the city. The best plant I've ever bought from a nursery, I bought here. An apricot tree. So healthy and thriving! The staff is very knowledgable - actually on occasion, have told me "You can't buy that. It won't work for what you want to do." When they won their fight for their lease, they put up signs out front saying " WE WON!! WE ARE YOUR NURSERY!!! COME CELEBRATE WITH US! BRING CHOCOLATE!!"
I really enjoyed this nursery. It is huge and busy but I got the help I needed and bought a ton of lovely plants. Bad news is it seems they are about to lose their land to the city of Pasadena. I am new here but am looking for a way to protest this. It would be a shame to let what would otherwise be unused land be taken away from such a good business.
On July 21st, 2007, NY2CA added the following:
Good news. Persson's has settled their lease and are staying.