Jungle Music Palms and Cycads Nursery

Nursery Hours:
Monday -Saturday 9AM-4PM

Phone: (619) 291-4605
Fax: (619) 574-1595

  Delivery for palm trees and cycads is available

Delivery is available!

All major credit cards accepted

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2020 - 2024
Below are photos of our staff with a short description of each person

Jungle Music is a medium sized nursery in Encinitas, a small beach community north of San Diego in Southern California.  It specializes in palm trees, cycads and tropical plants.  We are very proud of the staff we have at Jungle Music.  Many have been with us for more than a decade or two and all are experts in their own way with the plants.  We have published this page for a reason.  When you contact us or visit the nursery, we feel that you should know something about the people who will assist you with advice or your selections.  Hopefully, this page will tell you about everyone on our staff.  You won't feel like they are "strangers" when you call or visit the nursery.



Phil Bergman started the Nursery in 1977 and has been studying plants and operating the nursery for over 40 years.  He has authored countless articles on palms and cycads and is the Past President of the International Palm Society and Palm Society of Southern California and was instrumental in the formation of the IPS PalmTalk.  Incidentally, he was an emergency physician in San Diego for 41 years at Scripps Hospital in Chula Vista, retiring in 2017.
300 Phil Bergman 
Jesse Bergman, Phil's son, has been working at the nursery and studying palms and cycads for over 20 years.  He graduated from UCSD with a degree in biology and anthropology.  His particular area of expertise is with cycads. He has assisted many people with on-site design and culture issues.  He is married to Blanca (below) with two daughters.  He'll someday be taking over the nursery.  You can really trust his plant choices and advice. Jesse Bergman  Jesse Bergman 
Rusty Phillipy, well known in the San Diego area as a champion surfer, also loves palm trees and tropical plants.  He's been with Jungle Music for over ten years.  He has designed and grown his own garden in the Cardiff area and enjoys helping people pick out the best palms for their needs.  He's also a well known local surfer champion. Rusty Rusty
Joaquin Hernandez has been in the nursery trade for over 30 years and with Jungle Music for over 20 years.  His job mostly deals with plant propagation and culture.  After a medical issue, he's once again jointed us with nursery support.  He speaks Spanish and knows a lot about the plants.   Joaquin Hernandez Joaquin and Rusty
Ricardo Juarez has been with us for seven years years and is now an expert on palms, cycads and tropical plants,  He really enjoys helping customers pick the right species for their area and helping with garden design.  He's very intelligent and can quickly educate you about the plants.  He also does most of our plant deliveries and speaks Spanish fluently.  Ricardo and Rusty Ricardo 
Alma Garcia-Juarez loves companion and tropical plants.  She's the one to see if you want something beautiful, colorful or different for the garden.  If you visit us, you'll spot her because she's the one with the biggest smile and is in a lot of our plant photos.  If you have her help you, you'll have fun!  And, she speaks Spanish!  More recently, Alma got here Broker's License and works for us from time to time. Alma Alma 
Mitzi Bergman, married to Phil for thirty-eight years, has been continually involved with the office duties of the nursery.  She is quite experienced in the field study of palm trees and loves to travel to see new species. MITZI  Mitiz
Tori Burnett, a graduate of UCSD about two years ago, majored in Neuro-Sciences.  Since that time she's been working at our nursery intermittently.  She likes plants, is very hard working and is fun to be around.  She has a serious side but is always to be found when a group is laughing and enjoying life.  In more recently times, Tori got a great job doing computer oriented work for a large company, but still works with us from time to time. Tori Burnett Tori Burnett
Blanca Bergman, Jesse's wife, is a nursery support employee.  She helps us when she's not busy with her two lovely daughters and her passion for music and the arts.  BTW, she's an active musician/singer and has her own company Art Unites.
BLANCA BERGMAN Blanca and Jesse
Brendan McLaughlin has worked for us for quite a few years.  He has recently become a fireman and continues to work part time here and there when he can.  He's been a long term enthusiast of palms and is quite knowledgeable on their appearance, growth and culture.   Brendan McLaughlin Brendan holding palm
Bake Newell began working with us while in college.  He has since earned his degree in Chemistry and works for a company in his field.  But, because of his interests and knowledge with the plants, he still assists us when he can.  It's quite amazing what he learned about the plants while he worked for us.  

Blake Newell Blake Newell with Ligularia plants
Tom Hopper is a teacher who works at a private school near the Nursery.  But, before this, he was an avid palm enthusiast who planted many palms at his home garden.  Because of this, we started working part time at the nursery and continues to do so.  He is quite friendly and knowledgeable and loves talking to customers.  Tom Hopper Tom Hopper holding plant


SUMMARY:  Over our 45 years in existence, the staff at the nursery has obviously changed.  But, one thing all staff have
had in common has been the enthusiasm and interest in palms, cycads and tropical plants.  With the comments and photos above,
at least you'll now know who you are talking to or emailing with.   And, hopefully they'll all give you good information and
guide you to the right choice of species/selections.  All are experts in shipping and culture.

Thank you for visiting this website page.


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Presented by Phil Bergman

Owner of the Nursery and Author of this Website  

PHONE:  619 291 4605

Email:  phil@junglemusic.net






Nursery Location:

 450 Ocean View Ave., Encinitas, CA  92024

Nursery Phone:  619 291 4605
Nursery Hours:

 Monday - Saturday, 9AM - 4PM
 Sunday typically closed

Directions to Nursery: Freeway Close. Take Freeway 5 to Encinitas
(10 minutes south of Oceanside, 30 minutes north of San Diego). 
Exit Leucadia Blvd West (toward ocean).
Immediate left on Orpheus Ave, left on Union St,
Right on Ocean View Ave to Nursery, which is at 450 Ocean View Ave
Mailing Address:

3233 Brant Street, San Diego, CA 92103

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