I have a huge heart for the good folks doing the heavy lifting at local independent nurseries—especially at this time of the year which is euphemistically referred to in the trade as the “slow season.” For 15 years, my life followed those rhythms; 13 of those as the owner/operator of a small specialty nursery in Seattle. Boom and bust is a heady, if somewhat exhausting, way to navigate the calendar year after year. So when we heard about Yerba Buena Nursery moving from their historic Skyline location “down the hill” into Half Moon Bay, here at Pacific Horticulture, we thought we’d help them get the word out.
Researching this piece, it was a treat to read about YBN founder, Gerda Isenberg’s, early passion for using California native plants in a garden environment. Arvind Kumar, President of the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society had this to say:
“Yerba Buena Nursery put the Bay Area on the map as one of the first locations in the state to focus on California native plants. Gerda’s labor of love produced many worthy offspring, and the nursery continued to develop and grow under Kathy Crane’s guidance, offering an ever-expanding selection of top quality plant material.”
Contrary to what most folks think, nurseries are not about plants—well ok, some of it is about plants; those beautiful, lush, photosynthesizing marvels; endlessly fascinating oxygen-producing widgets infinitely abundant in variety and selection. Nurseries are our link between this horticultural bounty and growing success in our own backyards. The real value of any nursery, large or small, is the people behind the plants. They are a wealth of information and expert in the possibilities and challenges of local gardening conditions.
Kumar continued, “YBN has seeded, nurtured, and supported the public’s interest in native plant gardening. My best wishes for its longevity and prosperity in its new location.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. And to all the rest of you hardworking nursery professionals whiling away these quiet months until the start of another growing season: thank you!