King’s has been building garden relationships in Sonoma County since 1896.
We are a fabulous little nursery tucked away into the historic McDonald neighborhood area of Santa Rosa, CA, loaded with stuff you don’t see anywhere else: award winning Weeks and Star roses, 75+ varieties of sweetpeas, unique custom-planted colorpots and baskets, premium flowerbulbs, fragrant peonies, plus many one-of-a-kind garden delights.
It was a bit trickier than usual, as this is a transitional time in the garden- summer flowers are finishing up on cue from the frost, yet the winter beauties can be somewhat on the small side.
Regardless, we planned ahead and worked our magic, so the pots were brimming with purple and orange-toned flowers and foliage, making an eye-catching display in the same colors as the bridal party. Our own Julie, Susan, Ryan, and our owner Fred made the trip out there, placing each arrangement just so. It makes such a difference when living plants are integrated into formal occasions…..evoking nature in an elegant way.
Tuesday 11/16/10, members of the Oakmont Garden Club came out to see all the gift ideas that King’s Nursery has to offer! Cindy and Nan did a neat potting demo, to show folks how we create the lovely signature pots and hanging baskets that we are famous for. Bulbs were the theme of the day, with lots of questions answered and creative planting ideas explored.
It was a lovely warm morning, and the turn-out was great, with many attentive attendees. Thanks to Janet Gelfman and all the friendly garden-lovers for making it so fun (not to mention all the yummy refreshments!).
Friday 11/5/10 was the day that our nursery partnered with The Volunteer Center to create a new landscape at one of Santa Rosa’s more unique historical buildings- The Church Built from One Tree, near downtown, in Julliard Park. Our own co-manager Susan drew up the landscape design, and she and Cindy came out to place and help install the plants. Volunteers included some hard workers of all ages from Agilent and Medtronic, and our friend John-Henry, The Garden Hero.
The history of this church is pretty interesting. It was originally located further north, where Ross St. is now. It began as a functioning Baptist Church, and the congregation included the family of Robert L. Ripley, who was baptized there as an infant. In later years there were plans to demolish the church to make way for a parking lot, but supporters found a way to re-locate it instead, to it’s current home in Julliard Park. At one time the building even housed a collection of Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not memorabilia, but over the years the structure and grounds had fallen into disrepair.
If you saw the place now, you’d be amazed! All the stained glass, beautiful wood flooring and detail have been lovingly restored, inside and out, and the grounds are now planted with sturdy-yet-attractive evergreens and perennials. The building is to be available for functions, weddings, and the like, so check it out if you’re in the neighborhood. Thanks to all our helpers!