Thursday, February 22, 2018

Nursery Hopping ~

Whenever I drive up to see my sister in Carmel, California I look forward to doing a little nursery hopping along the way, and after I arrive.

My first stop is always at Seaside Gardens in Carpenteria, a coastal town just a few miles south of Santa Barbara. I can't remember how I found out about this wonderful nursery but it is a destination point for me every time I drive up Highway 101.

Seaside Gardens has beautiful display areas, and offers all kinds of plants. Above is a section of their cottage gardens plants. However, because of very stringent water restrictions in this coastal area the amount of succulents you find here is amazing.

Beautifully displayed and arranged for your selection.

Once I arrive on the Monterey Pennisula, at the first chance I head for two wonderful nursery's, both located on Carmel Valley Road, in Carmel. 

The first is Valley Hills...

...the second is Griggs. They are only a few mile apart and strangely owned by the same people, but seem to have slightly different merchandise.

Carmel is such a beautiful spot to visit and it is nice to be able to bring home a few reminders of my trip. I was very restrained this time, I only bought two plants: Salvia Waverly, with white and pale pink blooms and a Tobiuchina, better know as Princess Flower...oh! and a beautiful pack of burgundy Dahlias with pink splashes which I can hardly wait to see bloom.

It was a great trip, I am so fortunate to have a sister that lives in such a lovely place which gives me to opportunity to visit and enjoy. 

Thank you for visiting.


  1. Ah what a treat! A green thumb Rest Stop is my kind of way to break up a long drive!!
    Hope you had a great visit with your sister too!

  2. Oh- I love to visit greenhouses and gardens. We only have 3-1/2 months of a growing season here so the growing season is really important to me.
    Hope your visit was wonderful! xo Diana

  3. Adrienne, shopping on road trips is such a treat. Sounds like you picked some beauties. I bet those dahlias will be something special..Hope you had fun..Happy Weekend..Judy

  4. So glad that you enjoyed your trip up to visit your sister. I love to see nurseries and tour all the beautiful plants. Your purchases sound so pretty.

    Glad you had a great visit.


  5. We try to visit Carmel whenever we're visiting my hometown of Sonoma. The cottages in Carmel are so wonderful I could spend my life looking at them.


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