March 2020 Newsletter
Locally owned, locally grown


Happy Spring!
We are now open for the season! As much as we have all enjoyed this delightful summer-like weather, we are praying for some precipitation.
So get out there and do a rain dance!

We have spent the last few weeks putting the nursery together (mainly weeding!) and stocking it with great plant material. Our tables are laden with fresh flats of perennials, shrubs, herbs and grasses.
The only things missing at this time are the herbaceous plants like Echinacea, Coreopsis, Hostas, etc... They will be added as they start to 'push.'

We invite you to come in and peruse our wonderful selection. You are sure to find something you haven't had before.

Please join us in welcoming our dear friend Deb Drew back at the nursery after many seasons hiatus. We feel very fortunate to have her with us again as part of our team.

We look forward to seeing you at the nursery,
Jani, Lori, Lindsay and Deb
Save 20% on Violas!

What says spring more than the happy little faces of Violas?
Whether they are true Violets like odorata 'Rosea' or cornuta varieties such as Penny Peach Jump-ups or Pansy types including 'Frizzle Sizzle Lemonade' they all are reminiscent of simpler days past. Emerisa grows more than 20 varieties. Come see which ones delight you!

Getting Down & Dirty

We all love to shop for beautiful plants, but before you load up your car with new favorites for the garden, your first task this spring should be adding some organic matter to your soil. The old axiom,
"your plants are only as healthy as the soil they are in"
couldn't be truer. A main focus of ours at the nursery is to educate our customers about the importance of caring for their soil. Whether it is turning compost into the beds, or top dressing with a thick layer of mulch, all soils including sand, silt, loam and clay will definitely benefit from the attention.

We are happy to be carrying a selection of organic soil products
and fertilizers from E.B. Stone at the nursery.

Featured Plants
Viola cornuta 'Sorbet Antique Shades'
Horned Violet

This free flowering perennial has a uniform habit and is early blooming. Both heat and cold tolerant, it over winters well. Flowers are a mix of velvety orange and purples.

Sun/part shade. Water: moderate. 6-8" x 6-8" USDA Z4
Cyclamen persicum 'Indiaka Rose'

The Indiaka series offer flashy and original color contrasts. This tuberous perennial is deer resistant and is good for borders, pots and rock gardens. Bloom color; rose pink & white.

Sun/part shade. Water: moist. 12" x 10" USDA Z8
Erodium chrysanthum
Alpine Geranium, Heronsbill, Storksbill

This evergreen, drought tolerant perennial is native to Greece. It forms dainty low mounds and carries masses of small creamy yellow geranium-like flowers from spring through fall.
Deer resistant.

Sun/part shade. Water: moderate/dry 3-6" x 12" USDA Z4
Helleborus 'Ice 'n Roses Red'
Lenton Rose

A perennial evergreen that blooms in winter and early spring. It is both deer and rabbit resistant and can tolerate dry shade. Bloom color; Purple-red

Shade/part sun. Water: moderate/dry. 12-24" USDA Z5
Matthiola incana 'Vintage Mix'
Dwarf Garden Stock

A popular and deer resistant annual for the cottage garden! Great as a cut flower with its spicy clove scent. Flowers can be added fresh to salads or used to garnish desserts. The flowers are a mix of antique shades of rose, blue, carmine, yellow, red and lilac. Attracts butterflies.

Full sun/part shade. Water: moderate. Height 12-24" USDA Z10


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March Garden Events Around
Sonoma County
Master Gardener Workshop Series
Various times and locations

Every month the Sonoma County Master Gardeners sponsor a mix of classes on a variety of topics. Topics this month include: Native trees of the North Bay, creating a sustainable suburban garden, growing berries and more!

All events are FREE

Click here to view upcoming classes.

Magnificent Magnolias Walk
Wednesdays in March (3/4, 3/11, 3/18 and 3/25)
Event Location: Quarryhill Botanical Gardens
12841 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen

Enjoy a beautiful spring walk through the garden to admire and learn about some of the rarest Magnolias from Eastern Asia.

Free to Quarryhill Members
Free with the price of admission
Please pre-register

Click here for more information on their website and to pre-register.

Plant Sale
Saturday, March 7th and March 28th
9:00am- 2:00pm
Willowside School Nursery

Event Location: Willowside School
5299 Hall Road, Santa Rosa

Thousands of plant will be available. Drought tolerant, low water perennials, California natives, succulents, salvias, grasses, specialty maples and more! Sale will go on rain or shine. Come out and support this student nursery!

Please call Jan Lochner (707) 569-4724 with any questions.

Exploring Orchids- Annual Show and Sale
Saturday, March 28 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, March 29 10:00am-4:00pm
Sonoma County Orchid Society

Event Location: Santa Rosa Veteran's Building
1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa

Come for a weekend full of fun, education and beautiful orchids to admire, photograph and purchase. This event will be featuring an on-site Orchid doctor, premium vendors, member plant sales, hourly drawings for Free Orchids, a silent auction and a boutique!

$10 admission, Children 12 and under are FREE
FREE parking

Please visit their website for more information.

the nursery at emerisa gardens
555 Irwin Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 525-9644

Open Seasonally

Tuesday-Saturday 9-5 Sunday 10-4
Closed Mondays