Orange County California Plant Nurseries 2016
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This nursery located in Irvine is a bit hard to find. They carry a outdoor plants, pots and fountains. If you Google search of Mapquest the location it maps it incorrectly. The nursery is located on Alton south of Sand Canyon right under the large power lines. Palms, succulents, not big variety, but they have expanded on the gravel driveway shade areas to grow an sell more drought tolerant plants in large containers. Prices for succulents are high. This site is close to the Irvine Spectrum. With all the development in the area, expect for them to move to cheaper land
6900 Alton Parkway, Irvine California 92618
Telephone number: (949) 727‑4395 /Monday through Saturday 8 – 5
Anaheim Wholesale Nursery and Landscape Supply
This is a very large nursery. Wear your rubber soled shoes or gardening clogs. Staff is friendly and knoweldgable. The nursery grows their own plants and carries a selection of perennials, trees and shrubs. There is limited “color” annuals and flowers. They carry a few seasonal standards. Because they grow their own you will have less problems with plants committing harikari in your garden. Often nurseries buy from growers who truck in plants that are forced in lightweight medium, have mold that causes damp off as soon as you get them home.
1550 N Glassell St., Orange, CA 92867
Telephone number: 714−282−8501 Monday — Saturday 7 am – 4 pm, Closed Sun
Not to be confused with apartment complex... Family owned not a chain. They care about customers.
This lovley nursery has been open since 1972. They offer a wide range of bedding and landscaping plants and shade plant selections. They also have topiaries, bonzai, pots, vegetables, fruit trees and supplies. Landscape designer, Parry Hamada is on staff.
1730 N Batavia St., Orange California 92865
Telephone number: 714−637−2360 Mon — Sat 8:30 am – 5 pm, Sun 9 am — 4 pm, Closed Tues
Blue Hills nursery
Founded in the 1950s by the Nakamura family and is still under their ownership. Family owned pride is noticeable when you enter. In addition to annuals and perennials, they carry fruit trees, Japanese maples, camellias, roses and pond plants. There is a gift shop on site.
16440 E Whittier Blvd.,Whittier, CA 90603
Telephone number: 562−947−2013 Open Daily 8:30 am –5 pm
Brita’s Old Town Gardens
The gentleman at the counter who is a retired teacher is willing to share all his gardening secrets if you ask... This is a well stocked and tidy nursery. Prices are low! They specialize in drought tolerant plants and they carry rain collection barrels, pots, soil, fertilizer, gifts and garden supplies. Like most nurseries they have a friendly cat who works with the employees (Cats not an indicator of a master gardener but of one who knows how to control mice)
255 Main Street, Seal Beach, California 90740
Telephone number: (562) 430‑5019 /Mon — Sat 9am — 5pm Sunday 10am — 5 pm
Dana Point Nursery
Otsubo family nursery since 1947. Pricing is high. This is somewhere to buy a gift or plants as flower arrangement. The presentation of succulents in pots and wreaths, bonsais and bedding and landscaping plants is outstanding. Great seasonal gifts in colors- reds for December and February and muted Fall oranges and burgundy. Someone here is an artist at buying and arranging the raised stands. Plenty of bedding flowers, gift items dog leashes and bowls. Dana Point is looking good. The design for Pacific Coast Highway is the stupidest mess of a modern planning department but the nursery seems to survive. (PCH once was one way south and separated by an island north bound - now it so confusing and hard to turn into businesses)
34100 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, California 92629
Telephone number: 949−496−5137 Monday — Saturday 8 am –5 pm, Sunday 9 am — 4 pm
D and M Color
Dragon Fly Shops and Gardens
This little cottage house is a combination gift shop, nursery and garden shop. Succulent arrangements and wreaths, statuary and a small but unusual selection of plants are featured. Not a place to buy many plants to re-do for the season. High prices. Great for gifts, flower arrangement gifts rather than buying from Trader Joe's these items are special.
260 N Glassell St., Orange CA 92866
Telephone number: 714−289−4689 Monday— Friday 10 am –5 pm, Saturday 9 am — 5 pm, Sunday 11 am — 3 pm
no delivery but you can call Eclipse Messenger and they will deliver
This nursery/floral shop (orchids) has been owned by the Chou family since 1986. They specialize in tropical fruit trees – they carry or can find exotic trees. They have some unusual small to medium containers.
400 W Lincoln Ave., Orange, California 92865
Telephone:number 714−637−2060 Daily not Tuesday 8:30 am –5 pm. Closed Tues
Green Thumb International
Large nursery with good selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs, water plants, patio furniture, unbrellas, flags, garden supplies, irrigation supplies, They have a green house with ferns, a few orchids and African violets. Pond plants in galvanized containers.
23782 Bridger, Lake Forest, California
Telephone number: 949−837−3040 Open 7 days
House of Bonsai
Everything about bonsai. Plants, how to DIY, feeding, watering, light, and finished wonderful potted bonsai. Also some other succulents
5214 Palo Verde Avenue, Lakewood, California 90713
Telephone number: 562−804−6888 Daily but not Monday 9 am — 5pm closed Monday
Huntington Garden Center
This not the Huntington Library but is a wonderful nursery with lots of variety in a small space. . They have beautiful hanging baskets great for gifts. The owner, Vincent Hakes is very helpful and kind.
19121 Brookhurst St., Huntington Beach, California 92643
Telephone number: 714−963−6522 Monday — Saturday 8 am – 6 pm, Sunday 9 am — 5 pm. Shorter winter hours.
Paid Delivery, Free Delivery with $200.00 purchase.
Gone - family is still watering trees on the lot and will do some landscape work. Lawsuit with the city and Zoomar's petting zoo was the beginning of the end. The City of San Juan Capistrano failed the community and listened to the loud voices of a few special interest persons.
This five acre nursery is fenced vacant located in historic downtown San Juan Capistrano (the oldest road in the state of California runs along their property). The nursery has been owned and operated by Sheree and Doug Ito for 40 years, they are selling trees to local gardeners. Very sad
31825 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
Gone- this location is/was large street front on Pacific Coast Highway
Takashi "Pete" Kawaratani opened Laguna Nursery in 1948 and owned it for 51 years
Rogers Gardens operated the nursery for a time under the name Haster Grove, Rubin Flores opened in 2007 near the height of the recession. He and partner tried to include: nature walks, history hikes, musical events and wealth of landscape information but the space is so large and rents so high you would need to be selling gold bullion at a discount. The store became more of an antique shop to boost profits.
California environmental protection rules are crazy to small businesses. Nursery owners must now add infrastructure to capture water runoff before it enters storm drains- this would be impossible in this older building.
1370 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach,
Laguna Gardens Nursery
Gone gone gone - oh my heavens so many closed and gone...
Jocelyne and Kevin Naughton owned 30 years lived in rear of property
This charming nursery in Laguna Canyon was family owned since 1986, organic gardeners before it was popular.
Laguna Hills Nursery
829 N. Tustin Avenue
Santa Ana, California 92705
Gary and Nancy Matsuoka's small retail store and farmer's markets keeps them working
Three acres plus of a huge variety of plants, fertilizers and equipment you need. Reasonable prices
4114 Lincoln Ave., Cypress, California 90630
Telephone: 714−828−9464 Monday — Saturday 9 — 5:30 Sunday 9 — 5
Large nursery with a big selection of Asian and South Pacific fruit trees, roses, palms and rare bamboos.
2700 W Crescent Ave., Anaheim, CA, 92801
Telephone number: 714−828−0780 Daily 8 am – 5 pm
M and M Nursery
Everything for your tiny cute fairy garden. Those little wheelbarrows do all the work. They carry plenty of supplies, plants and arrangements. Great for miniature enthusiasts and railroaders, They have lots of tiny plants. Children love this place. Take your little ones and hold their hand. They also carry great statues and fountains. Seasonal plants as well
380 N Tustin, Orange, California 92867
Telephone number: 714−538−8042 /9 am – 4:30 pm 7 days a week
This 6 acre nursery is all business. For help, ask for Maria in the retail section. The office is in the middle of the long narrow lot. They have a lot of everything – you might want to call first.
1621 Euclid Ave., Anaheim, CA
Telephone: 714−999−1190 /Mon — Sat 7:30 am – 3:30 pm, Closed Sun
Free Delivery(with $500 purchase), Paid Delivery
Large staff can order plants takes a week or three. I've ordered from Rick and he forgets.
A large nursery that has been owned and operated by the same family for 20 years. They carry perennials, shrubs, trees, water plants, a few California natives, accessories and fountains. There is a huge gift shop that carries seasonal items, cute signs, gifts for gardeners, birdhouses, windchimes and fun things. Annuals shipped in from a variety of local and southern California fields. I bought mature trees and they installed for me. I shop here once a month or more.
33413 San Juan Creek, San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
Telephone number : 949−240−2107 Monday — Saturday 8 am – 5 pm, Sunday 9 am — 5 pm
Special Orders, Paid Delivery
The Plant Stand
Interior and house plants with a focus on tropicals. Varieties of bromeliads, orchids from greenhouse and lower water palms, cactus, and succulents. Nice selection of pots. High prices
2972-A Century Place, Costa Mesa, California
Telephone: (800) 698‑1077 Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
Special Orders, Free Delivery, Paid Delivery
The Potting Shed at Fullerton Arboretum
https://www.fullertonarboretum.org (click on Plant Sales)
Volunteers at Fullerton Arboretum operate a commercial growing nursery on the grounds of the Arboretum. open weekends and special sales- check website GREAT prices
These are not cruddy plants grown in a puppy mill in light nothing soil, they will live!
Telephone: 657−278−3407 Saturday — Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. Closed August
Luxury and full service for the gardener who doesn't get dirt under their finger nails.
Great classes check the website or call always changing
Think florist that arranges huge pots with a special variety of lovely plants.
They deliver potted plants or fountains redesigned to your yard. Landscape for the season such as Fall color or Christmas extravaganza
This is a shopping destination. Spend a couple hours looking and plan your gifts!
2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar, California 92625
Telephone: 800−647−2356 9 am – 5 pm, Daily
Sakioka Wholesale Nursery
This huge seven acre property sells retail as well as grows nursery plants. They specialize in ground cover flats and bedding plants, but they also have an expansive inventory, including sod and planting soil by the yard.
15761 Newland St., Westminster, Califronia 92683
Telephone: 714−898−0345 Monday — Saturday 7 am – 4 pm, Closed Sunday
This is a walk back in time. Seaside Growers is hidden away on 2 and 1⁄2 acres, near the 405 freeway in San Juan Capistrano. Drive past one of the few last standing Adobe's in Southern California and there is no plaque or tourists. Owned by the Cassady family since 1995, it is reached via a driveway off Camino Capistrano, which skirts a mobile home park and crosses a rail road track. The grounds feel like Maui. The owner will answer a thousand questions. They moved inventory to more low water but still carry gorgeous palms and tropicals. They also carry succulents, bamboo, wide varieties of shade plants, bananas, citrus trees and more. Worth the find! LOW prices
33773 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, California 92624
Telephone: 949−493−7854 Monday — Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday 9 am — 4 pm, Closed Sun
Special Orders, Free Delivery, Paid Delivery
Shore Gardens Nursery
Downtown San Clemente not my favorite. It’s been owned by the Carrick family since 1952.
201 S Ola Vista, San Clemente, California 92672
Telephone: 949−942−3526 Monday — Saturday 8 am – 5 pm, Sunday 9 am — 4 pm
Free Local Delivery (with $70 purchase), Paid Delivery
Pots and fountains was the first to carry blue Vietnamese pots when I bought some a century ago and they still look great. If you are buying a large pot - you MUST go here. They have everything tucked in on the hill. Also many fountains and pots that can become dribble fountains. Dream and they will deliver it.
Close to the 5 Freeway
27401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
Telephone: 949−481−2632 /8 am – 5 pm 7 days a week
Special Orders, Paid Delivery
Tree of Life Nursery
Must be my favorite. Take a stroll back 200 years and visit the retail shop in a darling Spanish cottage. They grow California natives on the huge lot. Check out the Saturday Classes. After you go to Stevens keep going on the Ortega just before Casper's Park left hand side.
33201 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, California 92693
Telephone: 949−728−0685 Monday — Saturday 9 am – 4 pm. Closed Saturday during the summer as is hot and dusty. Call before going on Sat.
Cards Accepted: Mastercard, Visa, American Express
Tropical Vibe Nursery and Landscape
John Mendoza has the to die for tropicals. Not open daily
20322 Kline Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Telephone: (949) 340‑5444 Friday 9am-4pm, Sat 9am-4pm, by appt Tues-Thurs, closed Monday
Special Orders, Free Delivery, Paid Delivery
Tustin Meadows Nursery
I don't know this one as well as others. Please comment and supply your rating
815 S Esplanade, Orange, California 92869
Telephone: 714−771−5529 Monday — Saturday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm, Sunday 12 noon — 4 pm
UC Urvine Arboretum /
http://arboretum.bio.uci.edu/ (click on Event Calendar)
Monthly plant sales from the College growing fields
UC Irvine N Campus
Telephone number call first : 949−824−5833 see website for hours
Plumeria and 30 types of Japanese Maples to die for.
1518 N Tustin St, Orange, California 92867
Telephone: 714−538−4500 /9 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week
35 years in business, two locations, huge selection Forget Home Depot these people will answer questions
1582 N Tustin Ave, Orange, California 92867
Telephone: 714−998−8751 Monday — Saturday 7 am – 5 pm, Sunday 8 am — 4:30 pm
10500 Garfield Ave, Huntington Beach, California 92646