emerisa gardens is a family-run wholesale nursery that began
in 1990 when the owners, Muchtar and Rohana, purchased an
existing nursery in Sebastopol, California. The former name
was changed to emerisa gardens,
which comes from Muchtar's parents, Emerson and Marisa. At
that time Muchtar, Rohana, three of their children, Muchtar's
brother and a crew of non-family employees all worked there.
Muchtar's goal was to have a business where his family could
work together and to create an environment in which all people
could be treated with respect, honesty and support; or in
his own words, "Yes, we all know we work to earn a living
but our business is not just about that. Equally important
is the concept that our nursery is a place where we need to
learn how to work in harmony with each other. Work in essence,
is love made visible. So, let's work hard to put that into
practice in all aspects of running an enterprise."
Our nursery goals were to provide excellent quality plants
with a large selection of four-inch plants emphasizing hardy
and unusual perennials. With help, dedication and support
from our loyal employees and customers, our business grew
and we soon grew out of our location in Sebastopol. The search
was on for a new nursery location.
In 1996, we found the perfect site and the nursery was moved
to its present location of 20 acres. There is plenty of room
for us to grow (and, of course, lots of room to roam for the
office cat). There have been some changes over the years and
our current plant list reflects the majority of our changes.
We carry many plants from our original offerings and over
the course of time, have dropped some plants, added others
and still continue to do so today. We are constantly looking
for ways to improve our service, plant quality and nursery
In 1997, we grew and opened a seasonal retail nursery, The
Nursery at emerisa gardens, to satisfy the need for our plants
locally. Because we are a wholesale nursery, many people didn't
have access to all of the plants that we grow because they
were at the mercy of what our customers were stocking. We
had many calls for people wanting our plants and we couldn't
help all of them. We decided to open our small nursery to
offer the selection ourselves and share our vast selection
with the general public.
We are still family owned and Muchtar, his brother, nephew,
son-in-law and four of his children can be found working around
the nursery. We also have a crew of about 15-20 non-family
employees too. We do our best to grow and provide the best
plants that we can offer. Our quality is excellent and our
variety is unmatched in the four-inch world. We love our nursery
location and we invite you to see it to.
Emerisa is derived from Emerson and Marisa:
Emerson (March 5,
1913-October 25, 1976) was an elementary school teacher and
principal in Indonesia, New Guinea and Holland. He was athletic
and enjoyed playing soccer, at which he was very gifted. He
also enjoyed fishing and hunting. In his heart, however, he
was a gardener!
Marisa (June 27,
1915-April 13, 1989) was a schoolteacher in Indonesia, New
Guinea and Holland as well. She dreamed of becoming a doctor
but 'settled' on a career as a teacher. Throughout her life,
she acquired a vast knowledge in vitamins, herbs, homeopathic
remedies and medicines. She also enjoyed reading and cooking
(and I must say, she was the best cook I’ve ever known!!).