Yamagami’s Nursery, located in Cupertino California, has been around since 1948. In a town known for tech behemoth Apple, inc. the nursery is a delightful throw back to a simpler time. Taro Yamagami originally sold fruit from a stand on the same spot, gradually giving way to plants. It became a full-fledged nursery by the early 1950s and it remains today in its original location. If you ask any serious gardener in the Valley, chances are they’ve heard of and shopped at Yamagami’s.
We actually left empty-handed on a recent trip, but not for lack of wanting. We were in search of beneficial insects and eventually resorted to the web since our request was somewhat obscure. They sell ladybugs, earthworms and Praying Mantis eggs but no Lacewings.
The nursery walkabout is always fun. It’s a spacious two acres, with interesting plants tucked in with gorgeous pots, garden ornaments and a help center. I always feels at home. When we were there in July they posted a sign alerting guests to the nesting bird in a nearby plant: “Shhh quiet please, bird nesting. This plant is temporarily not for sale.” I snapped a photo at a respectful distance. Even the neighboring birds feel at home.
In addition to the nursery, Yamagami’s has a helpful website and a monthly newsletter covering soup to nuts issues around gardening. You can subscribe to their newsletter here.
If you’re planning a visit to Apple headquarters, be sure to visit the nursery as well.
In the meantime, here is a virtual tour of Apple, Inc. and a few more snapshots from Yamagami’s.
How great that you can go at this time of the season and still enjoy their selection. Many of the Gardening Centers here close after mid July. Greenland remains open as they have a large giftware area. They also put on an awesome Christmas display with trees and decor of every color. I used to always plant Heliotrope, it’s one of my all time favorite annuals for baskets. I looked for it this year and didn’t find it…yum, I can almost smell it. That’s a healthy specimen they have. Nicely photographed too!
It’s easy to forget how fortunate we are to have open nurseries year round. That said, even in California, many of the smaller ones struggle during off season. The ones that sell Christmas trees and gift shop items do benefit.
I know you’re going to have some amazing Christmas blogs coming up. Can’t wait!
I have been thinking about Christmas crafts because I’ve already seen Gift Wrap etc at Costco….O man, it’s too early!
Our stores are stocking Halloween at the moment. It won’t be long now…