Our first stop this year is Shades of Green, a beautiful nursery northeast of downtown near the upscale Quarry shopping area in San Antonio.
The front is so pretty and always decorated for the seasons.
As with last year, I begin my tours in the parking lot. This is a beautiful parking lot and reminds me of our years spent in New England where this type of attention to detail was expected.
When I visited back in March the Bauhinia Orchid Tree and Texas Mountain Laurel shown above were in bloom, my photos from that day are below.
This passiflora was still blooming late morning on a cloudy day last week, they are usually closed up by mid-morning.
Several inviting entrances beckon
A special garden shopping experience awaits, I love this gazebo
Winding brick pathways make for a pleasant garden shopping experience.
The Bald Cypress trees provide cooling shade to the center courtyard
There's also a pretty limestone pond alongside fountains, birdbaths, and containers.
Lots of covered display spaces to escape the sun in summer
Sit a while on this inviting porch
A quality selection of garden accessories beautifullly arranged throughout the nursery
I always find time see the succulent displays in the shade house
Inspiring ideas for creating your own arrangements
These vintage enamel tubs are a hot item for gardens right now and they have two on display.
Pretty fairy garden by the gift shop
The gift shop has a great selection
In this small urban location they don't have a large selection of yucca and agave, I did find this fun saguaro planter.
The plant selection is traditional in keeping with the mostly older, upscale neighborhoods nearby.
Shopping here is so special, even the standard red geranium looks like a fresh idea in this setting
Those of us who enjoy quirky yard ornaments are not left out.
Just in case we forget this is Texas, a stock tank garden anchors one of the courtyards
Plenty of gorgeous displays and planters for those new plant purchases. I like this fence treatment.
Terracotta pots neatly arranged
Seminars are held in the purple screen house at the back and are scheduled every Saturday morning during October. The seminars begin at 9:45 and the coffee is always ready by 9:00 am. These colors alone would draw me in early on a Saturday morning.
The service here is excellent. Check out your purchases at this Texas-style desk in the garden or in the gift shop. I purchased a Kaffir lime which had been on my list.
There's more to Shades of Green than pretty plants and accessories, the helpful and friendly staff knows their stuff. Shades of Green owner, Bob Webster, has a local gardening radio show weekend mornings on KTSA, AM550.
Shades of Green is located at
334 West Sunset Road
San Antonio, Texas
Their hours are Mon-Sat 9:00 to 5:00 and
Sun 10:00 to 4:00