In the plant world there are so many rules. Maybe not rules, let’s call them guidelines. But I guess you can say there are a few rules to plants. Don’t plant a Rhododendron in the sun. Don’t plant a Japanese Maple upside down. And yes, certainly, never plant a tomato bush to create shade for your yard. If you are a Rose Fan, then surely you will learn the rules of the Rose. Do you want to keep pests out of your vegetable garden naturally? There are rules for that too. Plant Marigolds. They attract Parasitic Wasps. Garlic keeps gophers away, and vampires for that matter.

Besides all the rules and the laws of the land I’ve always tried to operate with just a few Universal Rules. When I walk my garden and I see a bird, I will stop and pause and stare at it for a moment. Occasionally I’ll see something very cool. The bird will sometimes show me a side of nature I’ve never seen before. Have you ever watched a bird feed her young? Have you ever watched a bird build her nest? Have you had a bird take you on and try to scare you away from it’s young? I realize it happens all the time around us but I think it’s something you should experience before you leave this Earth.

Whenever I see a lemonade stand on the side of the road I stop. Always pay more than the 50 cents. A Five Dollar Bill can change a child’s life. You never know. The child might think, “Huh, if I get better at this and improve upon my craft then maybe I’ll get more Five Dollar Bills”. And with that an entrepreneur is born. I don’t like the rule that says: No lemonade stands without permits. Shame on you rule-makers.

When was the last time you’ve seen the Sun come up? When was the last time you saw the top of the sun disappear behind a mountain?

I highly recommend it. Let the sun take the chatter of the day away with it.

I’ve added another Universal Rule to my life: I walk the Greenhouse of High-Hand everyday. Have you ever walked through the Greenhouse here at High-Hand Nursery?

Besides the obvious, the fresh blooming plants, I am reminded of the smell of dirt. I don’t know what it is, I don’t know what strikes me about this smell. Something subconsciously perhaps. Maybe it’s a reminder of my roots. I highly recommend that you come to the High-Hand Greenhouse and experience the fresh smell of dirt for yourself. You deserve it. Activate your senses at High-Hand.

The biggest Universal Rule that I think everyone should live by is really quite simple. If you have the ability to help somebody in need and you don’t then shame on you.

Since the Camp Fire broke out thousands of you have responded for our calls for help and thousands of you, whether you know it or not, are living up the this Universal Rule. Be proud of yourself and your choices to do so. I hope you will continue to carry forward this spirit of giving when the need arises.

A New Home.

We will keep building as long as there is a need and the funds to do so.

This home is for Inez and her three-year old daughter River.

Enjoy, Inez and River. I hope that the memories of the Camp Fire fade away as you move into your new home.

Our friend Tom from Burchell Nursery grows fruit trees for farmers throughout California. We got to talking one day and I asked him about the possibility of
doing a “Free Tree Giveaway”.

Tom, thank you so much for making this happen. Thank you for your willingness to be part of this vision to bring life back to a completely decimated area. Thanks for living by the most important Universal Rule.

It’s time to get growing

A special thanks to Team Teichert/Team Water. My appreciation goes to all the drivers and employees who made this happen. To Amy, Gary, Jason, Megan, Brad, Paula, Judd, and Samantha I can’t thank you enough. Some of you I have never met, but in your spirit of giving I feel as if we are the closest of friends. Thank you so much for delivering water over the past six months to Pastor Doug

I think you should add Dori to the Universal Rule list. Come join her for the first of our “Old World Inspired Pottery Series” in creating these Italian Countryside Pots. You’ll create two decorative planters influenced by Italian country garden finds. Starting with plain 7″ Italian Terracotta pots, you will layer chalk paint and hand made appliqués using a variety of Iron Orchid Design molds and paperclay. We will use texturing and finishing techniques to add patina that make your creations look aged and rustic. Bellissimo! Included is a beautiful seasonal colorful bloom from High-Hand Nursery, refreshing mimosas and scones from the High-Hand Café. Click here to purchase tickets.

Let’s talk about Lavender at Maple Rock. The weather has not been kind to our Lavender fields, the flowers are finally starting to show. Nevertheless, we have decided to open it up for Lavender picking Saturday, June 15th from 9-2pm. Parking is free. $15 per person gets you all the Lavender you can pick. Bring your own cutting tool, a bucket or favorite Lavender carrying device. Available will be Maple Rock Honey, Lavender Cookies, and Lavender Lemonade for purchase. Tickets are available at the event or online by clicking here.

Maple Rock is located at 100 Clark Tunnel Road. The nearest Cross Street is Highway 193. Make sure that if you use GPS that you find Highway 193 as a cross street. Do not listen to the lady talking, she will get you lost.

We all have rules that we live by. Think about your Universal Rules that are unique to you. Don’t be afraid to act when the need arises. Thank you for your continued support as we continue to help those in Paradise and Magalia find a better solution.

See you in the High-Hand Greenhouse this weekend,


How can you help out those impacted by the Camp Fire?

You have helped out so much! Here is what’s needed – Visa Gift Cards and cash. Gift cards and cash can be delivered directly to the nursery or sent to us by mail. Our address is:

Attn: Nichole
High-Hand Nursery
P.O. Box 2280
Loomis, CA 95650

You can also call us and give us a credit card over the phone. Our number is 916-652-2065. We will turn all checks and credit card transactions into cash.

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