Join us to celebrate our 150th anniversary

150 Year Anniversary Celebration | Pacific Nurseries

2019 is a very special year. That’s because it marks our 150th Anniversary of serving Bay Area Landscape Pros with personalized service, expert advice, competitive prices and an ever-expanding selection of plants.

As California’s longest operating wholesale nursery, we’ve learned first-hand what it takes to help Landscape Pros succeed. And we’ve never stopped learning how we can do better to help our valued community of customers and friends.

Serving Landscape Professionals Since 1869.

Learn more about our history and how we’ve become a trusted resource that Bay Area Landscape Professionals turn to provide everything from ordinary to exotic plants and more by clicking on the  icon-plus-circle below.

Pacific Nurseries | 150 Year History
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 operate 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 oldest operating wholesale nursery in California serving Bay Area Landscape Professionals with personalized service, expert advice, competitive prices and an ever-expanding selection of plants

After 150 Years, it’s time to party.

To show our thanks and to celebrate our 150th Year, we are hosting a day filled with friends, family, good food, games and fun.

150 Year Anniversary Celebration | Pacific Nurseries

Everything you need to know about our 150th anniversary event.

Everything you need to know to attend this this special event is outlined below.


Sunday, September 8, 2019
Noon to 4 PM


Twin Pines Park | Belmont
Meadow Picnic Area
1 Twin Pines Lane
Belmont, CA 94002


Customers + families
Pacific Nurseries staff + families
Invited guests only


BBQ Lunch
Games + fun including: Ping Pong, High Striker, Caricature Artist, Giant Jenga, Corn Hole, Foos Ball, Connect 4 and more

Don’t Wait. RSVP + Save your place.

Space is limited for this 150th anniversary event and we would like to save seats for you and your guests. All that you have to do is RSVP by clicking the button below.

RSVP | Save Your Place

When you RSVP, we will reserve your seat and send you a reminder email before the event. So save the date, RSVP now, and plan on joining us for a day of celebration and fun.

We look forward to seeing you there!