A little shade helps. Some cool places to sit, with some sunny spots thrown in, good color and a bit of whimsy are in your sights too. Enough outdoor furniture for your friends and a good spot to light up the charcoal, and you’re set for the wonderful outdoor season in the greater Sacramento area. Check these spots out for the gear and goodies you need.
Fair Oaks Boulevard Nursery
4681 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 96864
Bring your list and a sturdy pair of walking shoes to explore this wonderland of garden and patio goodies. Fair Oaks Boulevard Nursery is complex and includes a multitude of patio furnishing that should bring a smile to your face. Furniture, doo-dads, fountains and planters for you outdoor designs are here in abundance. The inventory constantly changes to keep up with the season and current trends. All the help and advice you may need are right here too. The variety of plants alone is worth the visit.
2419 Mercantile Drive, Suite B
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Perhaps your patio furniture is in need of help, as in it needs to be replaced. Casual Elements will be the first stop for you to find the right replacements for your outdoor comfort. Teak, wicker, iron and teak, painted; it’s all here and in great variety. Benches, chairs, tables and complete multi-place sets will compete for a place on your patio. Pottery accent pieces and antiques are on the list as well. It’s best to come with an idea of what might fit, as the variety is extensive. You could always expand your patio to fit your choices though.
5801 Mother Lode Drive
Placerville, CA 95667
Front Yard Nursery is a landscaping, plant-filled wonderland. This country nursery has more to offer per square foot than you’d think possible. Wander about the grounds and find the right plants to liven up your patio. While you are doing that, the pottery and statuary will probably slow you down a bit. The Front Yard staff is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. Large hand-built pottery and very small garden and patio ornaments will add a great deal of panache to your patio. Colorful plants, plants with many different shades of green and small and large trees are all over the place. Bring your lunch. It’s a great place to experience.
Unique doesn’t quite cover the amazing possibilities here. Find the perfect banner, flag or kite for your patio, or keep looking for an inspiring piece of rock art too. Gnomes, patio lights and outside artwork are on display. Handmade goodies dominate the store. One-of-a-kind pieces for your outdoor delight are spread throughout the store. Things that reflect light, twirl in the breeze or just liven up the space live here. Your patio can be a very expressive place, and this is the place to make it even more so. If your decorating eye isn’t the best, ask the staff for advice.
Beyond the Garden Gate
1015 Olive Drive
Davis, CA 95616
A short drive over the Yolo Causeway to Davis brings you to a very special garden store. Established in 2007 by Pat Stromberg, Becky Heard and Nancy Storm, Beyond The Garden Gate has been a favorite of the area ever since. Its selection of outdoor items for your patio and garden will bring a smile to your face. Bring your imagination and let it run wild. What do you really need for your patio? Statuary, ironworks, topiaries and outdoor dining goodies? New plants and pots? Mix it up and re-do your slice of outdoor heaven on your patio with something wild, something artful and something colorful all from Beyond the Garden Gate. It simply couldn’t be any easier.
Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 37 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at Examiner.com.