The temperate weather and soil conditions make Sacramento a great place to grow a garden, and these small businesses offer everything a gardener might need or want.
Green Acres Nursery & Supply
901 Galleria Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 782-2273

For both avid gardeners and not-so-green thumbs alike, Green Acres truly is the place to be. There is a large selection of plants, mulch, irrigation supplies, soils, trees, pottery, fountain and pond materials, vines, sod, palms, seeds and houseplants, as well as numerous varieties of vegetables and herbs. Rose lovers appreciate the beautiful, healthy plants; the striking Ketchup and Mustard rose has petals that are fully red on one side and fully yellow on the other. Green Acres, now in Sacramento, Folsom, Elk Grove and Rocklin, also produces an easy-to-follow blog with useful, seasonal information. The entries are Sacramento-specific and contain many ideas that do not involve purchasing things, as one might expect a business to do.

Ketchup and Mustard Rose from Green Acres Nursery; Photo credit: Valerie Heimerich

Talini’s Nursery & Garden Center
5601 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 451-8150

Pietro Talini opened this East Sacramento nursery in 1976 and it continues a go-to spot for gardeners. There are vegetable plants and herbs that are certified organic, along with fruit trees, vines, bulbs, seeds, succulents, soil, fertilizer and amendments, garden tools, cacti and flowering annuals and perennials. Inside the shop, find gifts, house and greenhouse plants, birding supplies, garden apparel and more. What makes Talini’s particularly special is the outside nursery, which includes small garden vignettes, such as one nook with a waterfall fountain, lush vines, shade perennials and floating plants, with gorgeous pottery tucked in and fanciful statues of ducks, geese, frogs and other creatures.

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High Hand Nursery
3750 Taylor Road
Loomis, CA 95650
(916) 652-2065

High Hand offers a multitude of temptations, including a well-appointed nursery full of high quality plants, topiary and one-of-a-kind offerings, a café, sip-and-paint classes, a blacksmith shop for custom trellises and gates, an art gallery, Ciotti Cellars wine tasting, antiques, handmade jewelry from Doug Horton and other designers, home décor and even High Hands own gourmet olive oils and vinegars. The business also offers design and construction services for landscaping and aquatic gardens, and there is a farmer’s market held at the nursery every Thursday. Classes, garden tips and articles are available through High Hand University.

Gifted Gardener
1730-B J St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 447-5956

Passersby looking into the colorful front windows, full of beautiful artisan birdbaths, multi-hued sun catchers, wind chimes and birdhouses, may not realize that this midtown shop is an excellent spot for gardening supplies. Gifted Gardener offers pruners, hoes, spades and other hand tools, plant foods and soils, seeds, Sloggers waterproof shoes, garden markers, rain gauges and garden gloves. Small plants and succulents are available, and there are air plants in both traditional and more entertaining containers. One favorite looks like a jellyfish, with air plant strands streaming down beneath an upside-down medusa shell. Gifted Gardener also carries a wide selection of gorgeous garden wall art and statuary, fountain kits, butterfly and fairy garden supplies and assorted whimsical baubles.

Air plants, statuary and bird feeders at Gifted Gardener; Photo credit: Valerie Heimerich

The Secret Garden
8450 W. Stockton Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 682-6839

The nursery at Secret Garden primarily offers low water use plants such as sedums, succulents and agave, along with California native plants and other florae well suited for Sacramento’s climate. The large selection of fountains, gifts, decorative iron, garden décor, wind chimes, statuary, bird feeders, vertical gardening frames, outdoor benches and terracotta and ceramic pottery make it easy to have a beautiful outdoor garden and living space. Secret Garden hold interesting workshops on topics including making mosaic garden stones and yard art, creating succulent containers and fairy gardens, wreath making and more.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers business, employment, animal rescue, volunteerism and nonprofits. Her work can also be found at