At the west end of the Las Vegas Valley sits a tropical paradise complete with tropical birds, fish, turtles and over 5 acres of trees, plants and more. It’s a tropical oasis right in our own backyard!

Moon Valley Nurseries is a family owned local company that has been growing trees for decades. According to the nursery’s website, www.MoonValleyNurseries.com, Moon Valley Nurseries is the largest specimen tree grower in the country and carefully grows only the best trees from the most premium specimens.

“We are the fastest growing tree nursery in the country,” Moon Valley at an October 22 interview. “And we are the largest Tree provider in the state of Nevada.”

In fact, some of the nursery’s largest customers include properties on the Las Vegas Strip, as well as casino/resorts off the strip such as Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa.

Moon Valley Nursery has locations in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada and Texas. There are three locations in Las Vegas. TSI got the pleasure of visiting the Summerlin nursery, located at 5311 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas NV 89146 and is open 7 days a week Monday – Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The W. Charleston location is more than just a tree and plant nursery – it’s also a mini-zoo! The zoo includes turtles (both desert and water), a large Koi fish pond, several different breeds of domestic short hair cats, and numerous tropical birds including toucans and Macaws.

According to Coldren, Moon Valley Nursery has nearly 20 birds. Most of them are brightly multi-colored Macaws, which are long-tailed, New World parrots. They are popular as companion parrots (pets). However, the star of the show was a 40-year-old white Macaw bird (cockatoo) named Cool-Whip. Coldren told TSI that Cool-Whip has been featured on more than a few Animal Planet shows and has had his picture appear in local newspapers and magazines.

As far tropical plants are concerned the nursery has many different trees and plants that popular one that they say is the Bird of Paradise Plant (flower). The plant, which is native to South Africa, grows well in tropical or desert environments. The plant gets its name because of its flower’s resemble birds-of-paradise; a very colorful tropical bird. In South Africa it is commonly known as a crane flower and is featured on the reverse of the 50 cent coin. It is the floral emblem of the City of Los Angeles.

All Moon Valley Nursery locations are open to the public and there is no charge for admittance. In addition, Summerlin location with its mini-zoo is also free and open to the public.

Interview and Story By: Sandra Eadie

Photography By: Michelle Frese, Cassie Hitchcock, Joey Thomas

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