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Menlo Park: Roger Reynolds Nursery closes after 97 years

Original post made on Sep 5, 2013

After 97 years in the same location in Menlo Park, Roger Reynolds Nursery & Carriage Stop "has closed its doors for the last time," owner Sally Halstead said Tuesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 5, 2013, 3:40 PM

Comments (23)

Posted by Prop-13-Helps-Small-Business, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm

If it weren't for Prop.13, these folks would have probably gone out of business a long time ago. Assuming an assessed value of $4M/acre the property taxes would be about 720,000/year, and if the value of the land in that part of Menlo Park is about the same as in Palo Alto--then it commands at least $5M/acre. At this higher assessed value, the property taxes would be about $900K per year.

Of course, without Prop.13, the actual tax rates and assessments would probably be higher than those used in the calculation above.

Sorry for these folks calling it quits--but they have been living on borrowed time.

Posted by Never more, a resident of Community Center
on Sep 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

All the new houses being built are on tiny lots, which is why they are three stories high
Who needs plants for landscaping anymore? Only the very wealthy with larger lots.

Posted by Ada, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Very very sad to see it going out of business. This was one of the best nurseries on the Peninsula.

Posted by Love my Garden, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 6, 2013 at 7:58 am

What a great nursery, this is really too bad. They will be missed!

Posted by Brian, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Sep 6, 2013 at 10:17 am

Thanks you to the Proprietors. You were my go to nursery. I will miss you. Many plants I purchased will live on.

Posted by Susan, a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 6, 2013 at 10:40 am

How sad. It was such a beautiful nursery. I'll miss shopping there!

Posted by me, a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 6, 2013 at 10:44 am

Farewell Fair Friend

Posted by blatt, a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 6, 2013 at 10:52 am

Wonder what they'll do with the property? Maybe add another stop for the Caltrain--huh! How 'bout Kirk's taking over the carraige shop to sell hamburgers?

Posted by Elizabeth, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 6, 2013 at 11:02 am

This news really saddens me, but I'm not surprised. The elements that it made it special and enticed me even as I moved further south into the south end of Palo Alto just haven't been there the past few years.

The really knowledgeable people left and those who remained seemed to know little about plants.

The really fabulous and special varieties of plants (thinking of fuchsias in the moment) have not been available, and what was available was pretty much what I could pick up at Summer Winds a few blocks away.

I'm really sorry to see it go, but I think we really lost it several years ago.

Posted by Midtown guy, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

I have an unused gift certificate from Reynolds. Any
Word on what they will do to honor it before closing shop?

Posted by stretch, a resident of another community
on Sep 6, 2013 at 11:36 am

And I have two Varsity dollars and a free game of miniature golf on Marsh Rd. I'm sorry Reynold's Nursery is closing.

Posted by Jack, a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Good one, Stretch. I know this is about Roger R. but I miss that mini golf on Marsh Road. Used to be a tradition to have some golf fun out there before telling the kids hanging around the place for shake downs to get lost! ;)

Posted by Chrisc, a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

The idea about a new home for Kirk's is not bad. Kirk's will need a new home after being put out of business by the new shi-shi hamburger joint T&C has welcomed next door. So sad that Roger Reynolds is yet another longstanding, family-run business soon to be a footnote in Peninsula history.

Posted by old news, a resident of Community Center
on Sep 6, 2013 at 6:08 pm

According to Roger Reynolds website, they closed as of Sep 3 and the PA weekly reports this on sep 5?

Posted by anonymous, a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 7, 2013 at 8:17 am

Roger Reynolds Nursery did not announce their closing until the day they closed. I found out because I received their monthly email newsletter on Sept. 3, saying they had closed. They weren't open Labor Day, Sept. 3.

Hope their redwood grove will remain.

Posted by Emily, a resident of another community
on Sep 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I am very sad to hear this. They had beautiful, healthy plants, and the prices weren't outrageous like at Yamagami's. I live in San Jose and used to make the trek to Menlo Park to enjoy Roger Reynolds nursery, spending hours and hours there. Another favorite nursery gone! Soon we will only be able to buy plants at Home Depot and Lowes, were the plants are cheap but often not healthy, and you have a very limited selection. I won't be finding an indigofera kirilowii at those places!
Thank you, Roger Reynolds Nursery, for many enjoyable days spent at your beautiful nursery.

Posted by coooper, a resident of another community
on Sep 9, 2013 at 12:10 am

What will happen to their beautiful bird, Mango?

Posted by Charlotte, a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 9, 2013 at 11:47 am

Oh how terrible! Roger Reynolds was the best nursery in the area -- so helpful, so knowledgeable. I learned to garden there. You will be missed!

Posted by Chris, a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Thank you, Roger Reynolds, for being so awesome for so many years. You will be missed.

Posted by schoolteacher, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm

What about unused gift certificates? Sorry to see them close but would have liked some warning.

Posted by Sunnyvale Resident, a resident of another community
on Oct 3, 2013 at 2:07 am

What a shock! Roger Reynolds was always the Go-To place for my parents for their every garden need. That's how I found out about their closing now: I'm looking for beautiful camellias for my own garden and remembered where Mom and Dad always bought theirs. I remember going there with them. And we used to eat Sunday ice cream together at Edy's; I remember this vividly! (For me, it was always Lemon Chiffon. Does anyone else out there remember this?) I will miss you, Roger Reynolds! Your beauty will live on in the plants my family bought from you. Congratulations on 97 unbelievable, unheard-of years! With Love.

Posted by San Carlos Resident, a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

I am so sorry to see this nursery go! It was my go-to location for discovering and procuring high-quality plants. The employees were all nice people, and there was a lot of gardening expertise amongst them. It was the most pleasing nursery I know to walk through. I sincerely hope all the good people find new positions at nice places close to where they live. I will miss the lovely place, but I too have many plants from RR thriving in my garden now. This place was a business with real character. With great regret and many thanks for years of wonderful service to this gardener.

Posted by Jeff Owen Artworks, a resident of Menlo Park
on Feb 10, 2014 at 9:38 am

Wondering if anyone has been able to contact anyone from the nursery. They had 4 of my sculptures at the nursery, for sale, and did not tell me that they were shutting down. I found out about 2 weeks too late and when I went to the nursery my sculptures were gone. I left a note on the door but no one has contacted me. If anyone knows what happened to my sculptures, please let me know. Thank you. Jeff Owen

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