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About Pacific Nurseries

Serving Landscape Professionals since 1869.
For the short story about how Pacific Nurseries has grown into California’s longest operating Wholesale Nursery, just click the History + Timeline below.

We began originally as a small, retail nursery in San Francisco. And over 155 years later, with the addition of more facilities, our plant inventory has increased to over 40 acres. And unlike many wholesale nurseries, we’re both a grower and a plant broker with an extensive and trusted network of specialty plant providers.
We continue to make investments to improve our facilities, provide the widest possible selection of plants, and integrate new technologies to improve customer service.

Our green practices include container recycling, low-water irrigation systems, on-site bee apiary, and a bio-diesel-powered delivery fleet. This helps us reduce our environmental impact, minimize our carbon footprint, and improve Bay Area quality of life.

1869 | Pacific Nurseries opens for business on Chestnut Street in San Francisco as a small, retail nursery


1906 | Pacific Nurseries survives the San Francisco earthquake and fire


1912-1919 | Henry Von Kempf leads Pacific Nurseries


1920 | Pacific Nurseries relocates to Colma to better serve the growing community of customers in the South Bay


1920—1944 | Henry Von Kempf sustains leadership of Pacific Nurseries to become a leading supplier of plant material to Landscape Professionals


1945-1976 | Henry Von Kempf’s son, Paul, owns and operates Pacific Nurseries while expanding to meet the needs of customers throughout the entire Bay Area


1965—1967 | Demand for flowers and plants blossoms and a supplemental eight-acre growing ground was established in Mountain View


1967 | Lady Bird Johnson + Pat Nixon present Lou Schenone with the National Beautification Award in Washington D.C.


1972 | Facilities expansion continues to include the Sunol Yard


1972—1996 | Lead by Louis D. Schenone, and aided by Don Schenone, Dean L. Schenone, Anthony Tarlock, and Ed Le Vesconte, Pacific Nurseries incorporates in California and reaches new revenue heights


1980 | Pope John Paul II plants a Pacific Nurseries Redwood Tree | Sequoia sempervirens in the North American College of the Vatican on George Washington’s birthday


1997 | Don and Julie Baldocchi become owners of the nursery and make significant investments to improve facilities, expand plant selection, and integrate new technologies to improve customer service


2004 | Pacific Nurseries acquires the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation property in San Martin and names it Gabilan Growers to serve as a primary propagation facility + growing grounds for many CA native plants


2005 | With the closure of the Mountain View yard, Pacific Nurseries acquires King Island Growers in Stockton as a large facility optimized for growing more unusual, large trees in less typical sizes that are optimized for a wider climate range


Today | What began as a tiny retail nursery has now grown into the longest operating wholesale nursery in California serving Bay Area Landscape Professionals with personalized service, expert advice, competitive prices and an ever-expanding selection of plants

Popular Plants for Landscape Pros

If you’re looking for an efficient and effective plant selection strategy, check out some of the MOST POPULAR PLANTS used by Bay Area Landscape Pros. From ground covers and grasses to flowering shrubs and trees, to vines and succulents, just click on the plant that you’re interested in to learn all about it.
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We recycle this many used plant containers every month.