Willow Gardens Nursery has served the Fresno and Clovis area with mature trees, colorful flowers, pottery, statuary, and gifts. 1) The synthetic grass on the property gives customers a first-hand look and feel for the material,

July 2024
From the Road: Golden State gems By Teresa McPherson

An early spring visit to three Central California garden centers brought inspiration and ideas to share.

Here’s a look at three notable garden centers in the Fresno, California, area for your merchandising inspiration: Gazebo Gardens and Lotus Gardens in Fresno, and Willow Gardens Nursery in Clovis.

Gazebo Gardens

Fresno, California

Gazebo Gardens has blossomed into more than just a nursery, but now features an indooroutdoor café and a beer garden

102-year-old Gazebo Gardens has blossomed into more than just a nursery, but now features an indoor/outdoor café and a beer garden with live music and food trucks on the weekends. (Left) Wandering the aisles of Gazebo Gardens is like walking into a storybook, with whimsical statuary set up in the plant material. (Top, right) The gift shop’s blue-sky ceiling makes wandering the aisles enchanting. (Bottom, right) Gazebo Gardens highlights several local artists’ works.

Lotus Gardens

Fresno, California

Lotus Gardens houseplants

(Left) Houseplants — and the products to care for them — are placed in close proximity. (Right) Lotus places a selection of trowels within its houseplants display for clever cross-merchandising.

garden art mingles with the green goods at Lotus Gardens

Above, garden art mingles with the green goods.

Willow Gardens Nursery

Clovis, California

Willow Gardens Nursery has served the Fresno and Clovis area with mature trees, colorful flowers, pottery, statuary, and gifts. 1) The synthetic grass on the property gives customers a first-hand look and feel for the material,

For over 50 years, Willow Gardens Nursery has served the Fresno and Clovis area with mature trees, colorful flowers, pottery, statuary, and gifts. (Above) The synthetic grass on the property gives customers a first-hand look and feel for the material, as well as a pretty space.

Willow Gardens Nursery's gift shop draws customers in with colorful displays. 

Willow Gardens Nursery’s gift shop draws customers in with colorful displays.

Creative succulent combinations can be found throughout the nursery, both in boxes and planters and planted in the ground.

Creative succulent combinations can be found throughout the nursery, both in boxes and planters and planted in the ground.

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Teresa McPherson

Teresa McPherson is the managing editor of Lawn & Garden Retailer. Contact her at [email protected].