I heard about the devastating fire at the Summer Winds nursery in South San Jose from my nanny via Facebook. She lives mighty close to the garden center and was intrigued by the endless sirens of fire trucks. So she walked on over to see one of my favorite nurseries in the South Bay burn to the ground.
The fire department decided that with all the chemical, pesticides, and fertilizer that the best thing to do would be… nothing. Rather than potentially contaminate our ground water by dousing the flames with water, the SJFD along with the Hazardous Waste Team decided to let the fire burn; destroying the 10,000 ft structure. The flames sparked blue, green, and purple from all the chemicals.
Summer Winds has been a great resource for me over the years. I have a perpetual black thumb, more often than not killing plants in record time. The Summer Winds staff has always been helpful and knowledgeable. I’ve brought in leaves from our diseased pear tree to figure out the treatment. My husband faithfully spreads our lawn clippings around the trees and plants in the yard after a Summer Winds staffer said that it was the best all-natural fertilizer.
I hope that Summer Winds finds the resources to re-build. I know that the local community, including myself, would support them. It’s sad to see a business established over 40 years ago literally burnt to the ground. I hope they find to way to rise out of the ashes.
Photo credit: Craig Allyn Rose, San Jose Fire Department Photographer