An electrical fire destroyed the Almaden Valley SummerWinds Nursery about a week ago. Although firefighters were quickly on the scene, they made the unusual decision to allow the building to burn, given the number of chemical fertilizers and pesticides inside. It was better from an environmental standpoint to avoid contaminated water runoff into a nearby creek.
Plans to Rebuild
I drove by the site yesterday on my way to a fabric store, and noticed workers outside. Once I got over the ghastly sight of the burned structure, it surprised me to see so many of the outdoor plants and pottery unharmed. I stopped by and spoke to Joey, an employee of SummerWinds, who said they are planning to rebuild, and soon. In preparation for that, they are selling the surviving plants and pottery starting this Friday, September 14th.
If you live in the area, and are so inclined, please stop by. You can find regular updates about the nursery, the sale and plans to rebuild by “liking” the SummerWinds San Jose Facebook Page.
Recent updates from SummerWinds website:
September 10, 2012 We’re having a FIRE SALE! – Save the Date! It will start this Friday, September 14th at 9am. Special rules will apply. We’ll get you more details in the next few days.
September 07, 2012 Big News! We will be having a Fire Sale to liquidate all the remaining healthy plants and products. The logistics and permits are all still being worked out. It should happen in the next 2 weeks. We’ll keep you posted! As soon as we hear more… we’ll share.
So it is a true Fire sale! Thats funny.
Nice to know their employees will continue to have jobs! Did you bring any homeless plants back to the garden?
Not yet. They still had them fenced off. I’ll stop by on Friday when they are open for business. Since they have no store, I guess they’ll set up temporary quarters, perhaps cash only. I’ll keep you posted.
Great post .. good to see positive things from negative or difficult experiences. Must also say your blog looks good .. you have made some changes. 🙂
Thanks for noticing the changes. I updated to the newest WP theme, 2012. I was using 2010. Funny that they name them by year. It helps keep it fresh. I was reluctant at first, thinking I would lose all formatting of pictures. It changed a few things in my sidebar, easy enough to fix, but otherwise it was seamless.
Thank you also for reading and commenting. It was nice to hear of the community outpouring, the fire sale and the plans to rebuild. I’ll keep updating as time goes on.
I am so very happy to hear that the nursery will rebuild. Thanks for the update.
Thank you for commenting. Yes, all good news.
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