By Emily Sorensen
Looking for a new fruit tree, or simply need some landscaping advice? Then Poway Nursery, 12237 Oak Knoll Road, has you covered.
Poway Nursery, owned by Tim Thornbury, has been serving Poway in its botanical needs since even before Thornbury purchased the business in 1988 from its original owners. “It’s known for being a small, hometown nursery, and giving people personal service,” said Thornbury. “The nursery has been here a long time. It started as a local, Poway nursery, and now people come here from all over [San Diego County].”
The nursery, which is run by Thornbury, his wife Nelly, and Thornbury’s sister, Mary Pitino, offers a wide variety of plants, from ornamental to fruit trees and vegetable seedlings, as well as decorative garden statues, pottery, trellises and benches.
Poway Nursery offers locally grown ornamentals like trees, shrubs and ground cover, water-wise plants, succulents, and a number of different fruit and citrus trees, as well as avocado trees. They also sell a large selection of spring and summer vegetable plants, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry plants, and herbs. “People like to eat what they grow,” said Thornbury. “People want to do their own gardening for the fresh produce.”
Of course, Poway Nursery also sells numerous flowers, including roses. “We have a wide variety of roses,” said Thornbury. The nursery also does special orders, and will help you select the best plant for your situation. “We want to make sure you’re successful with it,” said Thornbury.
In addition to selling plants and decorative garden pieces, Thornbury also offers landscaping consulting. With 35 years of landscaping experience, Thornbury is happy to consult on residential landscaping, including giving advice on the design, maintenance and irrigation, as well as answering questions and giving ideas. He also does residential relandscaping as his speciality, taking out old landscaping and putting in new.
Poway Nursery offers more to the community than just plants and advice. In the past, they have sponsored Poway Little League, and often sponsor or donate to events for Poway schools, offering donations for auctions.
Most of all, Poway Nursery focuses on providing hands-on, individual service to their customers. “It’s all about service,” said Thornbury. “Our service, and our selection, separates us [from other nurseries.]”
Poway Nursery is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For information, call 858-748-2254. The web site is