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Archive for month: December, 2008

Looking Forward

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

As we bring 2008 to a close and look forward to a bountiful 2009, the garden can be a place of respite, beauty, grace, growth, renewal and transformation, even in challenging times.

japanese maples in landscape

Two stunning plants that create magic in the garden are Camellias (below, in bloom) and Japanese Maples (below, a Bloodgood Maple).

cammellia blooms and glossy evergreen leaves

japanese maple bloodgood red

Together, this duo brings stunning color to woodsy areas.

Camellias, which come in an abundance of varieties (flowers below), are an evergreen shrub whose flamboyant exotic flowers brighten winter and fall. They can be grown in containers, as an individual focal point in a garden and added to an already woodsy area.

real camellia flowers

Japanese Maples provide stunning color that reflects the rainbow. Spring finds most bedecked in pink, orange and red. During the summer, many turn lime-colored or bronze, while others maintain a true red or green. In fall, the traditional yellows, golds, oranges and scarlets are enhanced by purples and blues. In winter, when the beauty of the vibrant leaves has fallen, the trees’ graceful structures of textured and colorful bark become visible and are as exquisite as the lush color of warmer months.

fiery fall foliage of a japanese maple

On my October roadtrip to visit growers, I walked acres and acres of gorgeous Japanese Maple specimens (below) so don’t hesitate to ask us to locate the specific variety you’d like.

cathy at sommers 10/08

Japanese Maples at Sommers

At the Marina del Rey Garden Center, we constantly strive for excellence… in the plants we offer, in our customer service, in our expert gardening knowledge.

All of us thank you for your patronage.

Winter Wonderland

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Marina del Rey Garden Center Gift Cards are an easy way to please the gardener in your life. MDRGC Gift Cards make a great gift  (or stocking stuffer) that can be enjoyed whenever one’s gardening spirit strikes.

This week, before Christmas, is also a good time to stroll our many acres to see our huge selection of plants and what remains of our special Christmas items, including fresh-cut trees, wreaths, garland and poinsettias. We also have a fantastic selection of indoor plants. Bring a cup of something warm and enjoy the charms of nature and our holiday decor.

Remember: We offer delivery year-round seven days a week.

Joy To The World

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas… Each is a celebration of life, a time for reverance, dedication, family, community, culture.


We, at the Marina Garden Center, are here to make your holiday festive and bright.

Stop in today for holiday wreaths, fresh-cut Christmas trees, poinsettias, hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, plants, fountains, decorative containers and much more.

fresh holiday Christmas wreath

Enjoy watching the cycle of life with one of our amazingly “fruitful” citrus trees. We have 5-gallon sizes and larger, suitable for planting in containers or in ground. Dwarf citrus are especially suited for container growing which allows gardeners to overcome poor soil conditions or limited space in a landscape. Citrus trees can often be enjoyed in decorative pots on a patio, deck, balcony or porch.

lemon tree in container

Make winter your friend. Plant your own vegetable garden and grow delicious home-grown peas, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, radishes, carrots and lettuces.

marina del rey garden center gift card

The gardener in your life will appreciate a Marina del Rey Garden Center Gift Card. We’re the trusted nursery with more than 30 years and an expert staff that will go the extra distance for you.

MDRGC Gift Cards make a great Stocking Stuffer. We have lots of fun small gifts (below), too.

badger sleep balm sore muscles stocking stuffers

Badger Sleep Balm works wonders when you’re having a tough time sleeping. I was happy to discover how soothing its scent is and how well it works.

We also have Tree-Free Greetings gift bags and cards.

And if you need to add some quick color to your landscape, we have Snapdragons and Ornamental Cabbage, in addition to loads of other choices. Ask one of our gardening experts for assistance.

snap dragons

ornamental cabbage

Tis The Season

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

Ho, ho, ho! The holiday season is in full swing and the Marina del Rey Garden Center is where you want to be—for fresh greens, fresh-cut Oregon-grown Christmas trees, gifts and gift certificates. Stop in to select one of our amazing fresh-cut Noble or Grand Firs from Oregon.

Have us deliver your tree. Local Christmas tree delivery is free and we deliver seven days a week.

noble and grand firs christmas trees

Consider MDRGC your “Poinsettia Country.” With deliveries arriving weekly, we’re sure to have the freshest and best quality product available.


Be sure to check out our holiday gift selection inside the store. We have Lighthouse lights (above, on the white picket fence) and many other gifts, personally selected for the California lifestyle and gardeners in particular. A Marina Garden Center Gift Certificate also makes a great gift!

eco friendly gift wrap bags and cards

holiday gifts

(Above, right) Exquisite vases reflect an African American heritage. These interesting vases make great containers for all sorts of items. We also have a limited supply of eco-friendly gift bags and cards so that you can contribute to a greener planet!

Our indoor plant selection is huge! In addition to poinsettias, we feature orchids, year-round. You can count on us for the best plants in Los Angeles.

Orchids make great host and hostess gifts. Visit us any day of the year to see our amazing selection.

If you’re sprucing up your home for guests, Iceland Poppies and Snapdragons are a great way to get “quick” color.  Plant them in the ground or containers. Either way, they are an attractive and colorful addition. 

Iceland Poppies

Remember that we’ve got the largest selection of fountains and containers on site as well as a wealth of plant material. Ask one of expert staff members for advice or assistance.

Tis the Season! Enjoy!