• In praise of Intermountain Nursery

    by  • October 8, 2014 • CA natives, Field Trip • 4 Comments

    Celebrating a fine nursery…

    Have you been here?  I hope so! We are very fortunate to have a nursery nearby that purchases and grows plants that are perfect for our foothill gardens.  Besides having a wide variety of California native and drought tolerant Mediterranean plants, Bonnie Bladen, her husband Ray Laclergue and their staff are extremely knowledgeable about what plants are most suitable for our area and altitude.

    Intermountain Nursery entrance

    Intermountain Nursery entrance

    Besides all this, it’s a simply beautiful setting, shady and colorful, with the plants grouped along pathways and marked clearly with plant information you need.  Bonnie and Ray operate their 34 year old nursery on 5 acres of land in Prather, California where they grow most all their own bedding plants and container stock and are one of the few outstanding nurseries offering native and Mediterraneans plant in Central California.

    Take a look around…

    Intermountain Nursery, Prather, CA

    Intermountain Nursery (7)

    Demonstration CA native garden

    Demonstration CA native garden

    There are twelve useful demonstration gardens, including a rock garden display and keep a book and gift shop in the main building.

    Demonstration rock garden

    Demonstration rock garden

    Harvest and Peace Festival every October

    Besides all this there are classes and music events held every year along with my absolute favorite, the Harvest and Peace Festival held this Saturday and Sunday.

    Browse the craft and food booths or bring a lunch and sit at the picnic tables to eat while watching the musicians play throughout the day  Everyone is so friendly at this event, sharing tables, meeting new people and seeing neighbors and friends.

    Intermountain grows their own CA native seedlings in the massive greenhouses

    Intermountain grows their own CA native seedlings in the massive greenhouses

    I plan to do my Fall plant buying on this day,…a true celebration for me as the Festival always falls on my birthday weekend.  Oh, joy,…it’s almost here!

    Bookstore at Intermountain

    Bookstore at Intermountain


    Intermountain Nursery's smaller plants for sale

    Intermountain Nursery’s smaller plants for sale

    If you go:

    Intermountain Nursery
    30443 Auberry Rd
    Prather, California 93651
    (559) 855-3113
    Mon – Sat: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Sun: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Besides all this, Intermountain maintains an excellent website, with a handy Availability List and updates on all their upcoming events.

    Website  http://www.intermountainnursery.com


    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.

    4 Responses to In praise of Intermountain Nursery

    1. October 9, 2014 at 7:39 am

      Sue, thanks for posting such a nice article about Intermountain – a great resource for native gardeners! I loved the photo of their native demonstration garden.

      • Sue Langley
        October 9, 2014 at 5:46 pm

        Thanks, Susan,…I used to live in Orange County and loved visiting Tree of Life native nursery,..closer to you. I feel lucky that the two neighbors took me on an excursion to Intermountain as soon as we met… Since then I’ve learned so much in my garden laboratory hee next to the forest,…perfect for planting more colorful CA Natives…

        • Joyce Caudell
          January 16, 2015 at 10:29 am

          Sue, can you come to Park of the Sierra RV Park near Coarsegold to talk to us about native plants and restoring wildflowers? Verna Baker heard you speak on Sunday at True Value and highly recommends you! Please call me at 503-970-9740 or give me your number. I believe with my subscription and this post you have my email. Thank you!

    2. November 24, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      What a great place that looks like. We have several local nurseries with pretty good hired help, but there’s nothing like having the passionate owners at hand to motivate and educate you. I wish more nurseries had demonstration gardens. Rows of gallon cans and little bedding plants have nothing over a real garden space!

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