Visiting Green Valley Growers Farm, Sebastopol, CA

Last week we had quite the treat as my mom, niece and I visited a Hydrangea Farm in Sebastopol, California!! It was a particularly hot day here in Northern California, definitely hit over 100 degrees that day – thank goodness we were walking the grounds of a farm where hydrangeas grow under a large grove of trees, quite refreshing.
Green Valley Growers, located in the rolling hills of Sonoma County, grows an abundance of flora available to designers throughout the country. If you live near San Francisco you can visit their booth at the San Francisco Flower Mart. If not, then check out their page here to read about their delivery options. Also, this page has a list of all flora they offer, although they are known mostly for their gorgeous and abundant Hydrangeas.
Jerry Bolduan started this farm in 1986 with Peter Cerda. Originally it was an apple orchard which they switched over to a flower farm, in the past 27 years he and his staff have planted 18,000 hydrangea bushes on this property! There are 380 known varieties of Hydrangeas, Jerry has a 180 varieties planted right here on this farm.

A few interesting bits of information about Hydrangeas:
- Most hydrangea plants prefer morning sun only
- Flower Heads, leaves and roots all drink water, hence why our cut flowers do so well to perk up when they are soaked in a tub of water
- Throw old apples under the hydrangea bush and the blooms will turn blue and indigo
- Oak Leaf Hydrangeas contain a lot of pollen & their leaves turn a brilliant red in the fall
- Hydrangeas are Decidious
- They like fertilizer with high nitrogen

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Oak Leaf Hydrangea, brilliant red leaves in the fall. These hydrangeas can take a lot of sunshine.

pink and blue hydrangeas

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pink and purple hydrangeas

Fuchsias

Fuchsias in large urns decorate the lounging area above the hydrangea garden.

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Beautiful space to relax while surrounded by beautiful hydrangeas and fuchsias and under towering trees, the koi pond just below the deck.

Hydrangeas growing under the grove of trees.

Hydrangeas growing under the grove of trees.

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Lacecap Hydrangeas

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blue hydrangeas

blue hydrangeas

purple and pink hydrangeas

Green Valley Growers Hydrangea

Oak Leaf Hydrangeas

Owner and Hydrangea expert, Jerry, gives us a tour of the farm.

Owner and Hydrangea expert, Jerry, gives us a tour of the farm.

Even though it was about 100 degrees this day, standing under the trees and amongst the hydrangeas was quite refreshing.

Even though it was about 100 degrees this day, standing under the trees and amongst the hydrangeas was quite refreshing.

Red Geraniums placed in urns alongside the Oak Leaf Hydrangeas added a nice contrast to the garden.

Red Geraniums placed in urns alongside the Oak Leaf Hydrangeas added a nice contrast to the garden.

Green Valley Growers Hydrangea

Annabelle Hydrangeas. If these are fertilized they can grown to 24″ in diameter! Jerry doesn’t feed them, prefers they stay an easier size for floral designers to work into arrangements.

Nigra, the black stem hydrangea. The cleaned stems look great in a glass vase, can add drama to a design.

Nigra, the black stem hydrangea. The cleaned stems look great in a glass vase, can add drama to a design.

Garden Stairs leading up to the lounging deck, engulfed in Hydrangeas.

Garden Stairs leading up to the lounging deck, engulfed in Hydrangeas.

One of Jerry's beautiful art pieces from China, lovely amongst the hydrangeas.

One of Jerry’s beautiful art pieces from China, lovely amongst the hydrangeas.

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Lacecap Hydrangea

fuchsia in urn

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Popcorn Hydrangeas

Popcorn Hydrangeas

Green Valley Growers Sebastopol California

Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Contact Information:
Green Valley Growers
Website: http://www.greenvalleygrower.com/

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Comments

  1. My wedding last weekend heavily featured their hydrangeas. They were amazing! Seriously, some of the hydrangeas were the size of a volleyball!

  2. love the pictures love the flower farm….we rely heavily, unfortunately, on Holland to provide us with cut flowers for the everyday supply. Otherwise if we went for local flower farms then there simply is no market when it comes to flower prices.

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