FALLBROOK – Myrtle Creek Gardens & Nursery, a Fallbrook landmark settled in the late 1800s has gone into full bloom on weekends by adding a cafe and live music to its attractive offerings.
Nestled within a historical oak forest, Myrtle Creek, a clear-running, spring-fed stream that flows year-round, meanders through the compound that continues to feature a full nursery over acres of tranquil and poetic grounds interspersed with gardens.
New additions include Cafe Bloom, which offers light organic lunches on Saturdays and Sundays. Originally a carriage house, the building has been newly renovated to house the cafe. It includes a beautiful deck overlooking a water wheel-fed lily pond. Visitors can enjoy fresh organic soups, sandwiches, seasonal salads, and handmade pastries from Farm to Table Catering.
On Saturdays, live music is offered on the Garden Terrace in the compound. On any given Saturday, visitors can enjoy a potpourri of talented musicians from throughout California, featuring jazz, blues, folk, and country genres.
The Farmhouse Gift Shop is open daily and features gourmet foods, artistic garden decorations, handmade ironworks, colorful floral containers, handmade jewelry, water features and fountains, and much more.
In discovering the grounds of Myrtle Creek Garden & Nursery, visitors can see that the landmark Fallbrook Barn, the oldest original structure on the property, is home to a few lucky farm animals. Its red color is derived from the original settlers who treated the wood planking with a mixture of linseed oil and rust from retired farm equipment. The stunning hand-painted mural which adorns its front-face makes this barn picture-perfect.
The design of the Sherman Plantation House, which overlooks the nursery grounds, was inspired by architectural drawing of a 1840s Atlanta plantation house. The Sherman family, current owners of Myrtle Creek Gardens & Nursery, are descendants of General William Tecumseh Sherman. General Sherman, nicknamed “Uncle Billy” by his Union Army troops, is famous for fighting for rights and “freedom for all” in the American Civil War.
The Farmhouse, circa 1899, was an original homestead in Fallbrook’s Myrtle Creek Valley. Settlers raised the barn and resided there with their livestock while they constructed the Fallbrook Farmhouse.
Myrtle Creek also offers seminars and hands-on workshops on topics such as Native Plants, Mosaic Art, Growing Giant Pumpkins, Edible Gardening, Fairy Gardens, Holiday Wreaths, and more. Taught by the horticultural staff and San Diego experts, these opportunities are offered monthly and the schedule can be found at www.myrtlecreeknursery.com.
Myrtle Creek Gardens & Nursery can be found at 2940 Reche Road, Fallbrook. Phone (760) 728-5340.