By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Gardeners oasis
Turlocks Greenery and Garden Shop celebrates 45th anniversary

Turlock Garden Club

The Turlock Garden Club meets monthly at noon on the second Monday at the Turlock Senior Center, at 1191 Cahill Ave., in Turlock except for July and August. Each meeting starts with a potluck luncheon, followed by a short meeting and then a 45-minute program. Guests are always welcome.  

Annual dues are $10 payable in June. Members are requested to bring a potluck dish, name tag, drawing gift and canned goods for the Salvation Army.

Garden club members must also become a member of the Turlock Senior Citizens which requires annual $15 dues to be paid in January.

Today there is a garden club tour in Turlock and Denair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. themed “A Time to Live, Laugh and Love in our Gardens”. The tour will feature seven unique landscapes from cozy cottage gardens to bountiful English gardens. 

For more information, call president Carol McRoberts at 209.668.4808 or by email

Gardening is a popular hobby in the Central Valley where the ideal California climate is conducive to growing. The Greenery Nursery and Garden Shop in Turlock is largely responsible for cultivating many locals’ “green thumbs.”

This year marks the 45th year that the Greenery has been in business offering locals a variety of plants as a full service nursery, from shrubs to trees, seeds to perennials. The Greenery meets the needs of local homeowners, new gardeners and even business landscapers and offers plants that are mainly grown within the Stanislaus County. 

“We have either grown them here or are infinitely familiar with the plants. Ninety percent of our plants are grown in the state but most are from the Central Valley,” said Adria Afferino, marketing and events manager at the Greenery.

An emphasis on locally grown offerings as well as a knowledgeable staff is not the only things that set the Greenery apart from other gardening options, as the store also boasts a multitude of offerings in their gift store and in the statuary art department. Fountains, concrete benches, and metal garden art are also available and can be found in the Greenery’s outdoor patios amidst their floral and plant offerings. The store also has an indoor boutique that provides not only gardening accessories but gift options as well.

“Our gift shop is a whole new world,” said Afferino.

From décor items to deluxe candle lines, linens and seasonal gift items, the gift shop is reason enough to venture downtown to The Greenery Nursery and Garden Shop. The Greenery also has its own line of gourmet pantry items where locals can find unique foods such as local, raw honey, jams, pepper jellies, crackers, breads and more. Items in this line will be used in goody bags for the Greenery’s 5th Annual Ladies Night Out event, just one of the many events hosted by the greenery.

Ladies Night Out event tickets can be purchased for $25 at the Greenery and each year  $10 of each ticket will be donated to a local nonprofit which is Jessica’s House this year, a nonprofit that offers grief support to children and families through the Emanuel Medical Center. The event, which is on May 2 from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature demonstrations from fellow downtown business The Spa and there will be a tasting of select items from the Gourmet Pantry line.

The Greenery also offers more than 70 free seminars a year on Saturdays throughout the year, from September to May. Topics range from how to plant summer vegetables to the popular annual Japanese Maple workshop which features correct pruning, fertilizing, planting and watering techniques. Locals can also sign up for a weekly newsletter which contains gardening tips and event reminders or can find more information online at or on 

The Greenery Nursery and Garden Shop is located at 742 East Olive Avenue in downtown Turlock and is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The Greenery is closed on major holidays.