Community laments the pending closure of the Moraga Garden Center

MORAGA, Calif. — Fifty years on, the Moraga Garden Center plans to close its doors Oct. 31 after its owner Kenneth “Kenny” Murakami announced his retirement earlier this year. The nursery, a beloved institution for Moraga community gardeners, sells hard to find plants. Murakami said his father, Nadao “Bob” Murakami, started the nursery in 1971. […]

Filoli estate’s ties to the Japanese American experience

The Filoli Historic House and Garden is beautiful year-round, but spring — with its flowering cherry blossoms, wisterias, peonies and azaleas — attracts the most visitors each year. The estate in the San Mateo County town of Woodside, Calif., a Georgian-style house with an attached garden covering 16 acres of the 654-acre property, has a […]

Quintessential Japanese American nursery closes

On June 25, the Yabusaki Dwight Way Nursery in Berkeley, Calif. closed its business. The space had been a nursery since before World War II, had been in Nikkei hands since 1947, and had been owned by the Yabusaki family for 30 years. For the entire time they owned it, they ran the nursery as […]

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