Nothing motivates Sacramento gardeners like a warm day in late winter.
With recent temperatures in the 70s, we’re in a planting mood. That same spring fever prompted the owners of Green Acres Nursery & Supply to go into overdrive and open their newest Rocklin location three weeks early.
With little fanfare, the Sacramento-based, family-owned chain welcomed eager customers to its fifth nursery within minutes of passing its final inspections on Feb. 24, said spokeswoman Tami Kint.
“Because the weather has been so good, we were trying to get things moving as quickly as possible,” Kint said. “Customers kept stopping by to check our progress. Things are blooming and looking good. People are ready to get out and garden.”
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On Feb. 25, a crew was still painting the Green Acres logo above the entrance of the nursery as dozens of customers wandered around inside. Just off Interstate 80 at Sierra College Boulevard, the nursery sits at the end of the new Rocklin Crossings complex, also anchored by Bass Pro Shops and a Walmart Supercenter.
“While we still have a few final touches to add, we invite folks to come out and take a look and let us know what they think,” Kint said.
The real party is planned for March 19 and 20. That’s when the Rocklin nursery will host its grand opening celebration as part of Green Acres’ annual Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair.
“It’s really an ‘idea inspiration’ fair,” Kint said. “It’s a chance for gardeners to learn about all sorts of things, from vegetables to irrigation retrofits. It’s a fun weekend for garden nerds.”
Among the seminars on tap during the free event: “Creative Containers” (11 a.m. March 19) demonstrated by Sunset Western Gardens’ Janet Sluis; “The Joy of Citrus” (1 p.m. March 19) with Four Winds Growers’ Ed Laivo; and “Roses De-Mystified” (9 a.m. March 20) presented by Baldo Villegas and Charlotte Owendyk of the Sacramento Rose Society.
With 55 employees, the Rocklin location includes an 11,000-square-foot main greenhouse, a 23,000-square-foot lath house and a 1,400-square-foot houseplant greenhouse. In addition, the store features more than 20,000 square feet of indoor retail space devoted to patio furniture, grills and other outdoor living products.
“This is a different model for us,” Kint said. “This is our first time as an anchor in a strip center. It’s a smaller footprint than our Elk Grove or Folsom locations, but it has ample parking.”
Customers should expect the same mix of plants and supplies found at Green Acres’ other nurseries, Kint said.
“We have fruit trees, veggies, herbs, (ornamental) trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials,” she said. “Additional product to fill the store is arriving daily. Right now, we are featuring flowering cherries, redbuds, crab apples, forsythia, edible gardening and African daisies in multiple colors.”
Like its sister stores, the Rocklin Green Acres will host free gardening seminars at 9 a.m. Saturdays with such topics as how to bring a drought-stressed lawn back to life (March 5) and “Irrigation Made Easy” (March 12).
In addition to hundreds of plants suited to our Mediterranean climate, the Rocklin Green Acres will place a special emphasis on drought-tolerant gardening for both city and foothill gardeners.
“This area is really growing with a lot of new housing as well as established neighborhoods,” Kint said. “We’re particularly excited to work with the Rocklin community. The city put together really nice water-wise landscape plans for its community, and we’re confident we have everything customers need to complete those projects.”
Green Acres Rocklin
Where: Green Acres Nursery & Supply, 5436 Crossings Drive, Rocklin
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday