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Sheridan Gardens in Burbank closes its doors

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sheridan Gardens at 817 North Hollywood Way in Burbank closed its doors on February 20, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Sheridan Gardens at 817 North Hollywood Way in Burbank closed its doors on February 20, 2015

Long time Burbank business, Sheridan Gardens, nursery, gift, and home decor shop, abruptly closed its doors just over a week ago on Friday, February 20. It was a shock for the small group of employees who worked there as well as for devoted shoppers who had patronized the business for many years.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sheridan Gardens 817 North Hollywood Way Burbank February 20, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Sheridan Gardens 817 North Hollywood Way Burbank February 20, 2015

Since 1980, the nursery and the adjacent lot at Hollywood Way and Clark Avenue had been a tranquil retreat of  trees, shrubs, plants, herbs, pretty posies, as well as gardening and landscaping supplies. Also, the gift and home decor shop offered a quaint place to browse for speciality items.

Local landscape designer, Betty Cahill, had been shopping at the Sheridan Gardens since she moved to Burbank more than 15 years ago.”I always enjoyed going there and buying top quality organic plants and garden products. And I loved their Christmas shop! Every year it’s been such a treat to walk into a Christmas wonderland,” Cahill told Media City Groove in an email.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- The lot next to the Sheridan Gardens main building at 817 North Hollywood Way in Burbank February 20, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — The lot next to the Sheridan Gardens main building at 817 North Hollywood Way in Burbank February 20, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Trees and shrubs on the lot next to the Sheridan Gardens  817 North Hollywood Way in Burbank February 20, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Trees and shrubs on the lot next to the Sheridan Gardens 817 North Hollywood Way in Burbank February 20, 2015

However, when the family owned business lost its lease for the adjacent lot earlier this month, owners John and Susan Schachtner  reportedly put the nursery on the market and it sold quickly. On Friday, February 20, shoppers rushed in to pick up some bargains.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Two shoppers checked out plants at Sheridan Gardens in Burbank February 20, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Two shoppers checked out plants at Sheridan Gardens in Burbank February 20, 2015

Meanwhile, a crew moved out some of the stock and prepared to shut down the business at the end of the day.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- A crew helped move out some of the stock on the last day at Sheridan Gardens in Burbank February 20, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — A crew helped move out some of the stock on the last day at Sheridan Gardens in Burbank February 20, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Store manager Arlene Lewis worked the register at the Sheridan Gardens in Burbank February 20, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Store manager Arlene Lewis worked the register at the Sheridan Gardens in Burbank February 20, 2015

Store manager, Arlene Lewis, says the five employees were given only a few days notice. Lewis had been with the company, which had two other locations at one point, since 1975. Cahill says the closure will “impact the community” and it affects her personally, “I will miss talking to Arlene about plants and trees, I will miss teaching Fairy Garden classes so much. I taught a few vegetable gardening classes there as well. It is indeed a sad day when the Mom and Pop places close down. It leaves us with limited choices…”

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5 Responses to Sheridan Gardens in Burbank closes its doors

  1. Donna Anderson Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    I’m sure some BIG developer will come in and build some oversized aprtment building there. It’s upsetting that they closed, Burbank is not the same as it was 20 years ago….very sad.

  2. J. Przebieda Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 10:41 am #

    We have been so busy with a remodel, that we didn’t see that Sheridan was closing until after they left and we were going to use our accumulating gift cards for our upcoming landscaping. Wish I had known more in advance to at least pick-up some products. Now I suppose we are out of luck with our unused gift cards. Bad for us….

  3. Fronnie Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    J.Przebieda,

    I would try to contact the management of Sheridan Gardens. The website is down but the Facebook page is still up https://www.facebook.com/SheridanGardens. There’s a phone number or you could send a letter to the address explaining your situation.

    I was there on the last day and remember seeing quite a few plants and trees. Perhaps, you can still make some kind of deal.

  4. Barbara Hughes Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    I had my trunk filled with beautiful pots that I bought while in Mexico for a lengthy stay. Was so sad to pull up in front of Sheridan Gardens yesterday to find it empty. I couldn’t believe it. It has always been my go-to place. I like doing business with mom and pop stores. I’m so sorry they lost their lease. Will they be able to find another location — I hope, I hope????

  5. K. Tandy Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

    I also went by today to use a gift card, only to see that they are closed. So sad. Should I assume that there is no way to redeem the card for merchandise? Will the owners be opening in a new location?

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