Since 1962, when he opened Robby’s Nursery, Harold E. “Robby” Robinson began making Bakersfield a more beautiful place. Robinson was an independent landscaper when he moved to Bakersfield as a young man and, after establishing an excellent reputation with his services around town, he and his wife, Joan, purchased a nursery located at South H Street and Planz Road.
As the business began to grow, the Robinsons also started a nursery in Oildale on Norris Road.
Robby’s continues to offer a huge selection of plant varieties that delight the everyday plant shopper as well as the collector, all the while providing gardeners in our area with the tools they need to create their dream garden. Fruit and shade trees from Robby’s decorate many a yard and Robinson’s touch continues to be seen on the streets of Bakersfield.
The love for the work that Robinson always displayed was also passed down to his children. Today, Kathy Robinson is the current manager; David Robinson became an independent landscaper; and Karen Robinson-Nicholsen managed the old Oildale Nursery before becoming a teacher.
As the business has changed over the years, the Robinsons’ dedication to quality and service has not been touched. Robby’s Nursery (affectionately called the “Oldest New Nursery” in town) has become a full-service Garden Center and though the company doesn’t do as much landscaping, as in the past, they continue to help customers design the perfect yard for their needs as well as servicing the yards of customers past, as necessary.
The knowledge of each and every staff member is a point of pride for the Robinson family. To a similar extent, the family is proud of its Garden Gift Shop and extensive selection of yard art. The shop was created as a way to meet every customer’s need and is filled with many unique items including wind chimes, iron artwork, bird feeders and houses, food items, collectables, pots, ceramics, and seasonal treasures.
Since the gardening industry will continue to change, especially here in Bakersfield, Robby’s Nursery will continue to accommodate gardeners locally and in the surrounding areas. For starters, they’ll be putting more emphasis on drought-tolerant planting and continue to educate customers on how to become a successful gardener. However, they’re now doing that in a new nursery!
Robby’s recently moved to a new location called Robby’s Nursery & Calico Gardens. The Robinsons have planted areas to give customers and gardeners ideas on how to custom design individual yards in addition to an outdoor seminar area where events and even classes can be hosted. Club meetings and small dinners can be held in a peaceful, intimate setting. In fact, their customers comment daily on just how peaceful this space truly is.
Over the years, Robby’s has completed landscape jobs that have helped transform the city of Bakersfield. Thanks to Robinson’s help, Bakersfield has lost the look of a “hot, dry” city that many Central Valley cities are known for and has become an area known for attentive, creative landscaping. Robinson’s admiration for natural beauty and the outdoors has inspired many in our community. Kathy Robinson hears stories of her father’s beautiful design work and hears from people that her father gave someone their first job on a daily basis. That’s the kind of recognition that really sets this family business apart and will continue to set them apart for years to come.
Robby’s Nursery & Calico Gardens – Established 1962
4002 Terracotta Court, Bakersfield, CA, 661-588-0859