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on Sep 5, 2013
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.
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.
Very very sad to see it going out of business. This was one of the best nurseries on the Peninsula.
What a great nursery, this is really too bad. They will be missed!
Thanks you to the Proprietors. You were my go to nursery. I will miss you. Many plants I purchased will live on.
How sad. It was such a beautiful nursery. I'll miss shopping there!
Farewell Fair Friend
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?
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.
I have an unused gift certificate from Reynolds. Any
Word on what they will do to honor it before closing shop?
And I have two Varsity dollars and a free game of miniature golf on Marsh Rd. I'm sorry Reynold's Nursery is closing.
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! ;)
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.
According to Roger Reynolds website, they closed as of Sep 3 and the PA weekly reports this on sep 5?
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.
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.
What will happen to their beautiful bird, Mango?
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!
Thank you, Roger Reynolds, for being so awesome for so many years. You will be missed.
What about unused gift certificates? Sorry to see them close but would have liked some warning.
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.
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.
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