A retreat, escape, nature, nutrition, a nursery nirvana.  The Nursery is a place I want to call home.

After reconnecting over social media (yep good old Facebook), I was invited to visit The Nursery By Southwinds by an old high school friend, David.  Back in our high school days, we were kind of an eclectic artsy group influenced by punk rock and alternative bands.  So it was no surprise David’s career has been as an artist/designer.  He’s spent years designing pottery and lanterns as home and garden couture.  So I would actually call him a  pottery artisan, and his company is Habitudes.

David’s Habitudes creations infuse The Nursery’s 7.5 acres with modern style and flavor.  His definition of Habitudes?  Verb. To take an active role in defining and building your aesthetic and the beauty that surrounds you.

And that’s exactly what David and his business partner Frank Berry have done at The Nursery. Frank’s well known Southwinds designs have made Orange County outdoor living areas for almost 30 years, transforming outdoor spaces to living resorts. I would call this partnership a true force of nature. 

You’ll find meandering paths shaded by mature olive trees, garden vignettes and zen sitting areas that’ll make you want to plop down and just hang out. In fact, they actually encourage that.  On weekends you’ll find families, friends and neighbors sipping coffee and soaking in the succulents draped on the vertical walls around them chatting with The Nursery staff to get ideas for their outdoor areas.

The Farm at The Nursery, their zero-waste, solar-powered one-acre regenerative urban microfarm, provides herbs and greens to pot up and take home to grow your own kitchen garden.  The most scrumptious salad I’ve ever tasted came from this farm. The kale and arugula was so packed with flavor, no dressing needed.  

If you are in need of outdoor inspiration, guidance or just some girls time, they host free workshops, classes and design tours on Saturdays.  Check out my upcoming class on ‘Green Gifts for the Holidays’ and their family events for your kiddos or grandkids. Click here for The Nursery’s event schedule

Here’s a sneak peak of my new favorite spot, their lounge area surrounded by a waterfall. You’ll just have to visit The Nursery to experience it for yourself….

The Nursery by Southwinds – 7000 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618 (right across the street from the Great Park)





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