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Expansion in the works for The Greenery Nursery
The Greenery expansion
The Greenery Nursery, located near the intersection of East Olive and North Denair avenues, is expanding to the property next door in order to bring better parking and learning opportunities to its customers. - photo by ANGELINA MARTIN

Name of business: The Greenery Nursery

Type of business: Greenery and garden shop

Location: 742 E. Olive Ave., Turlock

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Contact information: 209-632-4214

Specialty: Gardening classes

History of business:

As The Greenery Nursery in Turlock’s 50th anniversary approaches, the longtime go-to garden shop for many residents is expanding to bring better parking and learning opportunities to its customers.

Next year, the shop will celebrate half a century of providing the community with lush foliage for landscaping and gardening education and come springtime, The Greenery Nursery will add an additional 17 parking spaces plus a new classroom for informational courses thanks to the acquisition of the property next door.

“It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while,” The Greenery Nursery marketing and events manager Adria Afferino said. “We know that parking downtown is a big issue and especially here at the nursery we don’t have that many spaces, so a majority of our expansion will be parking.”

Located near the intersection of East Olive Avenue and North Denair Avenue, The Greenery Nursery property is comprised of several residential lots, Afferino added. The most recent addition to the nursery is just the second time in the last two decades that the business has expanded.

While parking will be the main feature of the newly-acquired space, a new classroom will provide a more comfortable setting for Greenery customers to learn about the plants they are purchasing and the proper techniques to take care of them.

“We’ll finally have an indoor classroom,” Afferino said.

Currently, The Greenery Nursery holds classes on topics ranging from native landscaping to succulents in a pop-up tent near its rose garden. Noise from the nearby road can often be distracting during classes, Afferino said, and in the colder months, the setting can be a deterrent for many who would otherwise attend courses.

“It will make our classes more desirable to come to…being able to have an indoor classroom with regulated heat and air is going to make a big difference in everyone’s comfort level,” she said. “It’s going to be a big plus.”

The Greenery Nursery hosts about 40 hands-on and informative classes per year, helping customers create their own miniature, take-home gardens and informing them about the best growing practices for Turlock’s environment.

“We are the leading experts in the area when it comes to gardening,” Afferino said. “There is a lot on the internet that’s misunderstood and written for other climates…our climate is really special.”

While the expansion at The Greenery Nursery isn’t anticipated to be completed until next spring, the benefits will be worth the wait, Afferino said.

“We try to stay updated and offer products for longtime customers and the newer generations,” she said. “We hope the expansion makes it easier for customers to come on down.”

To sign up for classes offered at The Greenery Nursery, visit