Nature and Sunshine for the Family is located less than 10 miles from San Diego International Airport.

City Farmers Nursery is free and a fun adventure for the family.

The garden nursery in the heart of San Diego has been on the rustic property for over 45 years and started from the ground up by the Tall family. Nate Tall would be impressed how the property is sprawling with varieties of fruit trees, ground covers and bonsai trees.  Shopping here is a treat to find unusual plants and specific fruit trees to plant at home.

Chickens and Goats to See 

Nate’s son, Bill Tall, added to the garden paths with live animals on display.  His passion has been for customers to visit the animals as they shop for plants and learn about nature.  When I’ve visited the nursery, there was an air of excitement watching families stroll among the baby goats, ducklings and roosters in natural surroundings.  Kids were happy seeing the goats and their babies, a wild turkey and chickens clucking about in their cages. Bill told me he likes to think of the nursery as a place to relax in the middle of the city and keeping it natural without chemicals.

Goats on the property

Goats lay in the sunshine at City Farmers Nursery

Visiting the General Store is a Must

While meandering through the lush garden, head to the nearby general store stocked with hard to find items and throwbacks to yesteryear.  Need a metal fly swatter, you just might find it here as you have a chat with the staff who know all about trees and seeds.  Beekeeping supplies, it’s here, organic seeds, ditto, along with a cat or two lazing around and enjoying the customers.  Classes are regularly held on such topics as beekeeping, raising chickens and gardening techniques.  Even cooking classes are taught here and schedules can be found on their Facebook page.

Bluegrass Music and House Cured Bacon

When your hunger and thirst come about, Nate’s Garden Grill is cooking farm fresh foods and serving local brews.  Homemade biscuits and house cured bacon are a few of the locally sourced and hearty meals. I must say the bacon is scrumptious and ice tea with mint hit the spot on a recent warm day.  Live jazz and bluegrass music add to the country style feel and the performers schedules are posted on Nate’s Garden Grill Facebook page.

Spend a Few Hours Outside

City Farmers Nursery is the place in San Diego where the little adventure is free for all ages.  And much more relaxing than standing in long admission lines at an amusement park.  Breathe the fresh air and take in the beauty of it all.

City Farmers Nursery Entrance


City Farmer’s Nursery

4832 Home Ave

San Diego, Ca 92105

Open Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open Tuesday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This article was revised from the original article