Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gold Rush Nursery, Soquel CA: Open House

Makes me want to be browsing there right now.
It was with curiosity and pleasure that I took my gardening friend "Mary" over to Gold Rush Nursery last weekend.

I wrote about Mary's garden in the post An Amazing Young Native Garden in San Jose. She came with a long shopping list of native plants, and happily and carefully worked her way through it.

As Ms Town Mouse recently posted - it's a great time for buying plants.

Nicky, the nursery owner, has brought her wonderful plants to sell at Ms Town Mouse's garden when it was on the native garden tour for the past two or three years. She sells many fine natives, and non-invasive plants that are good for wild life and/or are low water use.

This past weekend was her first sale and open house.  The event was also a fundraiser for multiple myeloma research.

Soquel is in a wonderful growing area, and the nursery is one of a row of small nursery type businesses, on a road that runs along a flat river bottom area.

Nicky propagates much of her stock, and sells it in 4 inch and six inch pots rather than the traditional gallon pots. Everything looked so healthy, positively bursting with potential - it did a body good just to wander up and down the pathways and breathe in the green life.

Part way through my visit, my daughter called me to say she had had a blood test result that was very worrying (she is monitored for a prior condition that was successfully treated). So I spent the rest of my visit worrying. I didn't get the photos I wanted to of Nicky, and of the open house arrangements and so on. Thankfully, by the end of the day we got good news: it was just a mistake in the test. A retest was completely normal. I don't think I'll ever forget that visit to Gold Rush Nursery.

But I would like to visit again and write more about how this lovely small nursery thrives - it's like a pipe dream come true for many of us gardeners I think, to have our own small nursery, and I'd love to know more. I'd particularly love to pick Nicky's brains on your behalf, and mine, to learn some of her propagation tips.

Below are some photos I took of the plants and their setting.  In whatever order they were imported.

One beef I have with Blogger, or maybe it's me, is that it's difficult to move photos around.

Shopper examining some plants.

Another shot showing the neat irrigation on the outdoor beds, and the greenhouses.

Artimisia pycnocephala. I like it.

California Fuchsia

Heuchera, sunlight shining through them

Getcher Lovely Plants for  Sale!

Artemisia pycnocephala- I just love how dense and silvery this beach sagewort looks

Happy fence lizard on bug patrol

Getting ready for more plants it looks like

Room for expansion!

Good mission statement!

Nifty shade house construction

I want one!

4 comments:

Diana of Elephants Eye said...

glad your daughter is OK. We've been thru that, the second and third and ... tests are OK.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

We were so up to ears in other things last weekend we didn't get to go. This weekend though we will be there! Especially as it's raining, at least a little. It makes me that much more motivated to shop for my fall plants, and the proceeds are for a good cause. So glad to hear your daughter's test was in error. With a previous condition myself, I know just how jumpy that can make a person.

ryan said...

I've bought plants from Gold Rush at the garden shows. Everything was always really healthy. Glad to hear the nursery is doing well. Too bad the visit was clouded, good the final news was positive.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Looks like a lovely nursery