Sad at the passing of Laguna Hills Nursery

leahcate(So. Ca.)April 17, 2010

I am saddened that we in south O.C. are losing this one-time premier nursery. The owner, Gary Matsuoka, has been a wonderfully generous source for gardening information; his was advice that could be trusted. His ads in the Register read like mini educational articles.

I am so sorry for Gary and so sad for me.

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gardenguru1950(SunsetZ16)

Why are they closing?

Joe

    Bookmark   April 17, 2010 at 1:15PM
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leahcate(So. Ca.)

I'm not sure. Partly due, I'd guess, to their move made during the bad economy and then returning to the old sight. That must have been a big drain on resources. It was mentioned that despite the economy, R.E.prices still make it tough to find affordable nursery land.
I hope Gary finds an outlet where he will continue to share his knowledge with gardeners.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2010 at 2:24PM
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laurmela

Was just there today, not much left!

Got a few tomato plants and some salvia. Sad to see them go as well. Guess I will have to drive down to Plant Depot from now on for unusual plants. Tired of the boring stuff the big box stores have.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 5:55PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Great place, I will miss it. I got some roses there in January, as I have every year for a long time. I guess they'll be my last momentos.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2010 at 12:56AM
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prestons_garden(9B SZ 22 HZ 6 SoCal)

NNNNOOOOOOooooooo.... I cant believe it and dont want to. Gary is a very knowlegable and caring individual when it comes to helping people with gardening issues. I just spoke to him on the phone on the 29th and had no idea he was closing his store. We had planned on going to Laguna Hills Nursey today to talk to Gary in person, sadly,that has now changed.Gary will be missed :-(

    Bookmark   May 1, 2010 at 12:11PM
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surfcityhb(10, Sunset 24)

This is very, very bad.

Not only did Gary have the best selection of trees in Southern California, many hard-to-find, drought-tolerant perennials, great pots, a great selection every spring of clematis in teeny-tiny containers, but his Planter Mix has transformed my garden!

Oh nooooo! What are we going to do without you Gary?

    Bookmark   May 2, 2010 at 2:25AM
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nullzero(9)

Sad to hear this :(. I purchased a couple hard to find fruit trees from the nursery in the past. I guess it was hard on them with the move back and forth and economy in free fall.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2010 at 7:45PM
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naughtykitty

I talked to one of the employees 2 weeks ago and he said they were having landlord problems/lease issues. They plan to reopen when they find a new location. He said maybe Irvine.

My mom went to the "new" nursery today at the home of LH Nursery. I'll see her tomorrow and ask how it is. Nothing can compare to Gary and crew though.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 6:36PM
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marvelousmarvin(SoCal)

Gary is the type that would rather lose the sale than sell you the wrong plant or tree.

One time, I came in all ready to his nursery all ready to buy a meyer lemon tree to grow in a container. So, I was a pretty easy sell- I knew what I wanted- and everything was all set.

But, he convinced me that putting a meyer lemon in a container would have been for the tree and that I needed to grow it in the ground. With only room for it in a container, I ended up not buying the tree.

How many businesses can you say would have done that?

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 5:52AM
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reallyred

Oh I do hope to find out if/when they re-open. When my Mom lived in Laguna one of our favorite jaunts was over to LHN. I always learned so much and I hope only the best for their future!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 6:11PM
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mellenpatch

Dear Gary,

Please let us know where you go. We will follow you and bring our friends!

    Bookmark   May 31, 2010 at 9:33PM
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claireanne

Gary is at the Mission Viejo Farmers Market on Fridays and The Great Park Farmers Market (Irvine) on Sundays.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 3:32AM
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tropical_thought(San Francisco)

So many good places are closing. Someday we will be left with only stores like home depot, Walmart and OSH.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 11:09AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Gary is at the Mission Viejo Farmers Market on Fridays and The Great Park Farmers Market (Irvine) on Sundays.

And the Old Town Orange Farmers Market on Saturdays.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 6:19PM
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kittymoonbeam

He also has a wonderful newsletter that he email out. Ask to be on the list when you visit him at the farmers markets.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2012 at 11:04PM
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svenska(CA18/19)

Here in the Inland Empire, we are losing Newell's Nursery in Yucaipa. Sounds a lot like Laguna Hills Nursery. I feel horrid at the loss, closing because of finances. Will have to travel farther to get quality plants and specific hybrids, not to mention the superior information and education. But I will continue to spend my money at independantly owned nurseries. If not, they will all be gone and we'll only have ourselves to blame. End of soapbox lecture.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2012 at 8:01PM
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tropical_thought(San Francisco)

Plants from big box stores are more likely to have viruses, and the soil those plants come in are more likely to have weed seeds and pathology. Quality plants come from real nurseries.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2012 at 10:43AM
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