Word on the Street: Spino opens Lotus Gardens in southeast Fresno

Landscaper Tom Spino is selling flowers and plants in southeast Fresno again.

Spino, who has been in the garden business for almost 40 years, opened his second Lotus Gardens Outdoor Living Center in March on Clovis Avenue just south of Belmont Avenue, near the Highway 180 interchange. The other nursery is on Grantland Avenue west of Highway 99.

It’s a return of sorts for Spino who has owned the Clovis Avenue property since the early 1990s. He operated Spino’s Landscaping & Nursery on the spot until he sold the business in 2002. Spino went on to build custom homes and the business continued as a nursery that carried his name and later a pot retailer.

When the lease on the property came up in January, Spino decided it was time to reopen his nursery there again.

The custom home market slowed because lots are too expensive to buy, Spino said.

“There’s not many garden (outlets) for Clovis people,” Spino said. “And they are building a lot of homes out here.”

National retailers Orchard Supply Hardware, Home Depot and Lowe’s have nearby stores, but there are few locally owned businesses. Belmont Nursery is located east of Fresno near the Belmont Country Club and H&E Nursery in Clovis closed some months ago.

Spino changed the old business name to Lotus Garden, but his service remains the same. The nursery has a selection of lilies, succulents, shrubs, bushes, trees and flowers. Professional landscaping services are available, too.

How is the drought affecting business?

“Everyone is concerned about water,” Spino said.

Customers are asking about drought tolerant plants and artificial turf, he said. The nursery can help homeowners figure out what’s best, he said.

“We’re excited to reopen in the southeast Fresno location and have old customers, and new customers, come back.”