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Hidden on a private street near Westminster Mall, Westminster, California, is a charming, eclectic nursery called Heavenly Vintage Nursery. It is the former site of the Mary Lou Heard Gardens. Upon approaching the nursery, the first thing one notices is it’s garden charm. It is nothing like the large production nurseries in and around the area. Heavenly is much different. It is like stepping into a well choreographed dance with color, movement, pattern, music and even the stars it showcases. It has some of the most sought after and unusual plants, including Amy’s plants, cottage garden plants, drought resistant plants, shade gardens, vegetables and herbs and 3 types of self-seeding milkweed: Mexican, hairy balls, and blue. The milkweed is the food for the Kings; the magnificent Monarch butterflies. Heavenly has a Monarch habitat on site and when you buy their milk weed, expect to have larvae of the species included on the plant. There are even classes to learn how to attract and care for your butterflies, bees, birds and of course your plants. Owner Gina Poudel and her resident cat, Diego, are set on giving garden lovers exactly what they are looking for. Around every corner is a unique garden component. There are ceramic and terra cotta goodies, including but not limited to angels, gnomes, animals and faeries. Hand made water chains hang inside the precious garden house. Birdhouses, bird baths and wind chimes are everywhere. California lilacs, fried egg plants, rock roses, enormous dahlias in yummy colors, and the highly sought after peony are striking in this exceptional garden center. Spinning hanging baskets of Fuchsias in every color lend a romantic touch to the shaded garden area.

Gina has included a Date Night the 1st Saturday of each month from 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM. Friends and couples enjoy a peaceful evening strolling through a wonderfully landscaped path of colorful plants, listening to cool music while enjoying the ambience. Little areas are set up with unique fire pits. You may bring your own wine and blankets while purchasing plants, beautifully presented home made crafts and desserts. Many more classes are in the works, including faerie gardens, birdhouses, butterflies, clay building, painting and more for a minimal fee. Nursery expert and employee, Jeanne Smolinski, shows her passion for Heavenly Vintage Nursery, as she confidently moves about each garden area, rearranging plants and reverently explaining the Mary Lou Heard Foundation which originated to support the people who provide hope and safe refuge for mothers and their children in crisis….one family at a time. This weekend May 3rd and 4th, 43 magnificent gardens in full bloom await garden enthusiasts as part of the foundation, starting at 10 am until 4 PM. Your donation is free-will offering. Let your heart dictate what you give. Net proceeds go entirely to the HLHF charity. Cash or checks are made out to the Mary Lou Heard Foundation of MLHF. Leave your entire donation at one home on the tour (a basket will be available at each location), or you may divide you donations between homes. You may also donate at heardsgardentour.com and click donate button. You may see all 43 homes on the website. If you are looking for interesting garden essentials for purchase, remarkable garden plants, while enjoying a unique experience, Heavenly is the place! Heavenly Vintage Nursery is located at 14391 Old Edwards Street, Westminster, CA 92683. 714 890-5511. Open Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 am until 6:00 PM.

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