Laurie & Mary Ellen Park started Plantenders in 1977 in Trabuco Canyon. The Parks were then volunteer wild-land fire fighters at station 18, with Laurie serving as Captain. When Mary Ellen was run over by a firetruck while her team was overwhelmed in a blaze (on land that is now Saddleback Church) Laurie had to put his medical school admission on hold to care for her and their young son. Needing an income the couple started Plantenders with "plant parties" which turned into an interior plant maintenance company and a greenhouse. Soon the Parks found The Old Gano Walnut Farm, a historic farm, nut and fruit store, and moved Plantenders Nursery to its current location. The Parks have worked hard to maintain the natural and rustic beauty of the historic farm and store and are happy that their daughter has now joined them in its preservation.
Our Mission: To create a beautiful place where plants, people & community grow.
Our Values: Staff & customer care based on trust, honesty, knowledge, honoring God.
Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
"The Plant Man," our co-founder & CEO
The Plant Man’s BOO, our co-founder & finance whiz
Laurie & Mary Ellen's daughter, our General Counsel & Director of Special Projects
Our all-around-fabulous-get-it-done guy
Our emotional support pet & spirit animal