Carman's Nursery

Established in 1937





Nancy with her beautiful onion
Nancy with her beautiful onion

In 1937, my grandfather, Hugh Carman, started Carman’s Nursery at Bascom and Union Avenues. After WWII my father, Ed Carman returned home and went into partnership with his father.  They soon started growing unusual plants.

In 1971, my father moved the family, house, and nursery to Mozart Ave. between Los Gatos and Campbell. Dad became known worldwide for being able to grow rare and unusual plants.  In 2002 he celebrated 65 years in business.

Third Generation, Third Location

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Nancy, and my husband and I own Carman's Nursery. My sisters and I grew up working in the nursery. While they moved on to teaching careers, I stayed on and continued working for Dad in the family business. In 2002, I inherited the nursery, and started making plans with my husband to move it to Gilroy. Finally, May 15, 2005, we celebrated our Grand Opening on Pharmer Road.

Carman’s Nursery in Gilroy continues to propagate most of our own plants, focusing on the rare and unusual. As we are a small nursery, we are able to give each and every customer our personal attention.

When you visit, you can expect to find bonsai starters, such as junipers, pines, and species of maples; dwarf conifers, herbs, rock garden plants, unusual perennials with a selection of shade lovers; less common fruiting plants including capers and named varieties of fig, kiwi, and pomegranate. We also have a wide variety of variegated plants, collections of Rhodohypoxis and miniature ivies, hardy succulents, as well as many plants suitable for the backyard garden railroad enthusiast.

Stay tuned for a more complete listing of our plants and information, coming soon. In the meantime you can or call (408) 847-2313 during normal business hours, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

We look forward to hearing from and serving you!

Carman's Nursery
8470 Pharmer Road
Gilroy, CA 95020-9463
(408) 847-2313
greenthumb (at) carmansnursery (dot) com

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