Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July weekend!

Stop by the Gardens on your way to your holiday gathering.

Purchase a hanging basket, potted flowers, veggie  or herb plant as a hostess gift.

Horse drawn buggy circa 1900

While there be sure to take at look at our newly acquired agricultural artifacts. We are especially pleased to add a wonderful horse-drawn buggy to the front of our lot which will be the centerpiece of our native and drought tolerant plant section.

There is still time to plant summer veggies and herbs.
Some of our cucumber and tomato plants are already producing edibles (at no extra cost). We have varieties that are perfect for containers and with proper care, will produce veggies throughout the summer months.

Don’t know how to grow veggies in a container?—just ask, we’ll tell you how.

Kid’s Corner

Plant some pumpkins!

What a great holiday weekend project for the kids! We have several varieties available.
Planting pumpkin or squash seeds requires minimal garden space however, their
vines do grow quickly! Kids love to watch them spread, flower and fruit.

Sneak Preview of coming events:

“An Evening at the Gardens”

Container Garden Class


  • – Herb Container Garden Session
  • -Backyard Vintage Style,
  • -Vendor demos and promotions.
  • -Refreshments

Date to be announced.

And finally, in case you missed it.  Our current specials as featured in the Merced Sun-Star

We love special orders!!! Call us anytime 209-384-0112 Open Daily 8am-6pm


Thriller, Filler and Spiller

Cottage Garden

Although the weather remains unseasonable cool for the valley, our first spring at “the Gardens”  sees us growing in ways we had not anticipated.  The Grand Re-opening weekend was a great success.   We continue to be thrilled by the warm welcome from our new community. Our customers are delighted at the changes they see in the yard and warmly welcome us as the local, family owned, full service nursery and garden supply center.  Bonus~The yummy cinnamon rolls and cookies provided by Sweet Temptations   bakery were enjoyed by customers and staff alike!

Up next at Merced Gardens:

Join us for our fun and informative “thriller, filler and spiller” container gardening class.

During the session you will create a beautiful container garden to take home while learning:

  • which plants to select for your container
  • sun or shade
  • annuals or perennials
  • potting soil selection
  • fertilizing, watering and maintaining.

Container gardens are great for the patio, decks, porches & pool area.

Cost $25.00 which includes: container, plants, soil, hands on instruction!             

**Father’s Day is June 19th! Bring your son or daughter and have them create a container for Dad and we will take $5.00 off your child’s registration.

Reserve your spot in either the morning or afternoon session today! Call 209 384-0513

 Coming soon:

  • Landscapers Meet & Greet Breakfast
  • Backyard Vintage Design

And remember: at Merced Gardens, we have knowledgeable local staff who will provide for all your planting, gardening and landscaping needs.

It’s a far cry from Chicago


It’s a far cry from Chicago….

Our first Spring in Merced, Ca has been full of delightful surprises and although the “natives” here claim that it has been a cold, wet spring, we are relishing the mild temperatures, bright sunshine and cool evenings that enticed us to relocate our family here.

Cucumber on the Vine

We are thrilled to have harvested three green beans from our home garden already, have healthy cucumbers on the vine and a variety of thriving tomato plants. In Chicao, May 15th was the absolutly earliest you “should” plant and there was still a risk of losing your garden to frost (and even freeze).

Suffice to say, we feel like we are living in gardening nirvana.

Potting plants

 Things are hopping at “The Gardens” and Brad has been busy meeting local suppliers, growers and most importantly, customers, who we hope will become long time friends. We have been warmly welcomed by the community and are delighted when people stop by and comment on how nice the place looks. Brad has been working hard to ensure that we are well stocked with all variety of spring planting needs. We are meeting local growers and suppliers and look forward to learning the ebb and flow of the seasons as we continue to gain knowledge of the local planting and harvesting cycles.

This week we are busy planning our Grand Reopening & Parking Lot Clearance Sale. Think of it as “The Gardens” spring cleaning sale. We will be offering many varieties of roses, fruit trees, shrubs and planting materials, all priced to move from our garden to yours!

Bring Dad by and have him pick out his own Father’s Day gift, or purchase him a Merced Gardens gift certificate. The sale starts at 8:00 am Friday and Saturday. We will be serving refreshments throughout the day. Stop by and visit us at 1007 Tahoe Street  in Merced.

New at Merced Gardens this week


New this weekend at “The Gardens” Lilacs and Barberry bushes.


Bedding plants, roses, crape myrtles and more….See our Landscaper’s favorite section.

Shop our spring colors for all you bedding plants and vegetable garden needs.

We carry a HUGE variety of trees…crab apples, citrus, avacado.

Our local growers provide a large variety for your yard. Whether you need shade, fruit, privacy screening…just ask!

Killdeer Nesting

Killdeer Nesting area @MercedGardens

  Each spring, Killdeer build their nests in the back of Merced Gardens. We rope off the nesting area and try to keep them as undisturbed as possible. Come in and purchase your spring plantings and visit the Killdeer nesting area too.  Just be careful of “Mama” Killdeer–she WILL let you know if you are getting too close.

New this week: Roses. Fruit trees. Herbs. Vegetables. Annuals.

Farmer Brad says “look what’s new!”

Tree, Shrub and Climbing Roses all in stock and ready to brighten up your garden. From Weeks Roses, who are shipping us Jackson and Perkins favorites as well!!!

While you’re here come visit the Citrus Orchard for that special citrus tree. Select from Satsumi Tangerines, Oro Blood Oranges, Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit, Meyer Lemons, Kumquats, Eureka Lemons, Sweet Mexican Limes, Valencia Oranges, Tangelos, and the ever favorite Washington or Robertson Naval oranges. 

Pick out an Avocado tree from our selection of Hass, Lamb Haas, and Stuart varieties. The Citrus and Avocado Orchards are from Four Winds Growers, premium fruit trees grown locally, so they are sure to thrive in our local soils and climate. These are all dwarf varieties so they will fit in just about any garden, and can be maintained at a size that guarantees EZ access to your fruit as it ripens!

Did I mention new shipments of locally grown vegetable plants, annual, perennial and bedding plants arrive weekly so stop by and find your favorite tomato, pepper or other hard to find veggie plant from our large selection.

And start that herb garden now, either in your garden or patio container for that bunch of parley, sage, rosemary and thyme to add savory flavor to any dish!

Farmer Brad (aka Angela’s Assistant)

 (P.S. Did I mention our premium Trees and Shrubs, and Statuary items to spruce up your yard and add interest to any garden…)