Robby’s Nursery & Calico Gardens is a family owned business and has been open since 1962.
Joan and Robby bought the South H St Nursery and expanded it over the years. Kathy came on board after graduating from college. The South H location and a second location on Norris Rd closed after some 30 years when we relocated to Allen Rd and Hageman Rd in the Rosedale area. Our newest location (after road work pushed us back) is right off the same corner and is a full service Retail Garden Center.
Robby entered the Nursery Industry in the Los Angels area upon moving from Oklahoma. He began as a nurseryman for the founder of Nurseryland. Robby also was a tree surgeon for Los Angeles City Schools. He also ran landscaping crews at the same time. When Kathy was 5, the family moved to Bakersfield, leaving the LA congestion behind. Robby worked for the Green House and Canadays Nurseries while landscaping as well.
After Joan and Robby purchased the South H St Nursery in 1962, Joan set up the office and store while Robby ran outside crews landscaping and the nursery. Kathy and her siblings, Dave and Karen, spent many hours in the South H St nursery growing up. All three have spent time over the years working in that nursery as well as in the landscape industry. Kathy joined the nursery staff full time in the 1970’s. Kathy has learned her love of design and plant knowledge from her dad and has gotten her business sense from her mom.
Over the years, Joan and Kathy have developed a charming Gift Shop, always looking for quality and unique items to fulfill their vision. As the newest nursery, Robby’s Nursery & Calico Gardens, has developed, they have tried to incorporate all aspects of their acquired knowledge. The vision is to show design, art and unique plant material throughout. Inspiring customers to create their own environment has always been a goal.
After 53 years, our nursery has evolved into a Secret Garden kind of feel. Through the years we have gained a lot of knowledge and respect, not to mention a reputation of quality. Our goal has always been to inspire gardeners with new ideas as well as enlighten them on plant choices. We offer monthly classes and lots of “hands on” help. We can help you with design, new and different plant choices, and even diagnoses on plant problems. We carry a full supply of sprays, fertilizers, soils, seeds, pots, not to mention our Yard Art.
Robby’s Nursery has continued the tradition of a beautiful gift shop for your gift giving convenience. So please come by and discover the “Oldest, New Nursery In Town”.
We think you’ll be glad you did!