Fanick's is a throwback to the way shopping at garden centers used to be, and still is, because Fanick's Garden Center has been here since 1939 and is currently operated by Mark Fanick representing the third generation of his family to run the nursery.
I'm guessing things have looked pretty much this way for quite a while and I especially enjoyed that aspect. This was my first visit and I had a lot of fun exploring the pretty tree-shaded grounds and old buildings on the ten-acre property.
Fanick's nursery has also been a place of gardening innovation for nearly 75 years, developing a number of fruit trees and other plants specifically for our tough climate. Trees hardy enough to tolerate our sudden deep freezes, yet still produce fruit with minimum chill hours in mild winters. Fruit tree selections from Avocado to Jujube can be grown in San Antonio thanks to the vision and work of three generations of Fanicks.
Several varieties of avocado trees
Cold tolerant Poncho Avocado and several other varieties to choose from.
Among the fruit trees Fanicks is famous for are the cold hardy citrus trees
Bananas are another variety which can be grown in some areas of San Antonio
In addition to the above there are rows of Peaches, Apples, Pomegranates, Jujubes, Figs and more. Throughout the year Fanick's sponsors popular gardening seminars which cover a range of topics including the care and pruning of fruit trees. You can find a brochure listing their extensive selection of fruit trees on the Fanick's website here.
Landscape trees adjacent to the old Pecan tree lined road to the back of the ten acre property.
The nursery is in a residential neighborhood and the neighbor's chickens can be seen pecking among the prickly pear cactus over the fence at the back corner of the nursery.
It gets so hot here we have to partially shade our agaves.
Silk Floss tree with its unusual spiky trunk
The canopy of the Silk Floss tree
Demo veggie garden between two greenhouses
One of the many greenhouses for shade and tropical plants.
Giant trumpet vine blooms
I searched for the John Fanick Phlox in this display but they don't seem to carry it. Discovered growing on a neglected lot not too far from this nursery and named for John Fanick, the second generation of the family to run the nursery, Phlox Paniculata 'John Fanick' is both tough and beautiful.
Beautiful faux bois table and benches under an arbor. I'm sure there is a story here...
A small corner of the perennial selection, including many locally native plants.
Roses and landscape plants
Loved this "mophead" bougainvillea but didn't get the name.
Shrimp plants and hibiscus are good fall color plants.
The elusive Mexican Beautyberry (middle below) with dark berries. If I had a spot these would have gone home with me.
A great old storage building near the entrance.
The front of the old storage building near the entrance. What's that red blooming plant near the corner?
Oxblood lilies blooming makes this look even more like an old homestead. They bloom for a very short time each fall so I'm glad to have been here to see them.
As I was leaving I heard a customer say "tell your momma I said hello". That's a good way to sum up my visit to Fanick's--a neighborhood nursery with generations of repeat customers and plants that work in our climate.
You can find my visit to Milberger's Nursery last week here. To read about more independent nurseries in the central Texas area be sure to check out Digging all through October.