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Archive for month: October, 2009

Road Trips, Pumpkins and Trick or Treat

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

Grab the kids and come on down to snap some cute photos of them in our Pumpkin Patch. Our patch includes the classic Jackpot Pumpkin in addition to Big Max, Fairy Tale, Trickster and minis.

Bring the kids back on Sat., Oct. 31 for our special Trick or Treat from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Farmer Boy in the Marina del Rey Garden Center Pumpkin Patch
Farmer Boy in the Marina del Rey Garden Center Pumpkin Patch

The pumpkin Farmer Boy is leaning on (above) is a Fairy Tale, aptly named for its resemblance to Cinderella’s carriage.

Farmer Boy joined our friendly scarecrows for some photo fun! The large pumpkin next to him is Big Max.

Every year during our Fall Festival, we bring in pumpkins by the truckload and turn our garden center into a fall playground.

Kids look forward to checking out our selection and then finding just the right pumpkin for carving. Moms can find all kinds of gourds and pumpkins for use as decorations.

Fall means more than pumpkins and gourds and Trick or Treat.

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Fall is also the time for gardeners to take advantage of the warm soil left by summer’s sun and get some new plants into their landscape.

Water conservation is very important here at the Marina del Rey Garden Center and we can help you plant a water wise garden. To keep my lawn, flower beds and landscape as water wise as possible, we’ve applied mulch to these areas with a great outcome. Ask one of our nursery experts for assistance on how you can be water wise in the garden. Dago, Stephanie and Steve will be glad to help you select the right products to make your garden water wise.

Camellias are a shade-loving evergreen shrub or tree that brings color to a shade garden in fall, winter and spring with its gorgeous flowers. (Below) We found this beautiful Camellia at Suncrest Nurseries during my visit last week.

Camellias originated in Asia centuries ago. Camellias were originally cultivated in China and Japan where they adorned lavish gardens and were used as a tea.

The first plants were brought to America in 1797 where they were grown in New England greenhouses before their culture spread south and west. The most commonly planted species in this country are C. sasanqua, C. japonica, and C. reticulata, but hybrids have produced some remarkable results.

Camellia blossoms come in Single, Semidouble, Anemone, Peony, and Formal Double styles, each with its own unique and distinctive look. Ask Stephanie, Steve or Dago for detailed information about how to successfully plant and grow Camellias. We have a large selection of sasanqua, japonica and reticulata Camellias in stock.

As mentioned on the Marina del Rey Garden Center Facebook page, I just traveled north to visit some of our growers, the best in the industry. It is inspiring to see so many beautiful plants and the organizational processes that keep them growing healthy and strong.

Stop in today to see why we are able to unconditionally guarantee our plants… It is because we buy ours from only the best growers, including Monrovia, Monterey Bay, Chia, Native Sons, Hines, Valley Heart and Suncrest.

One of my stops while going north was to Valley Heart. Tucked away in a scenic part of the Carpinteria/Montecito area, this grower has an amazing operation. We walked the extensive property to see cyclamen and geraniums, with some salvias and other perennials thrown into the mix. Our cyclamen and geraniums come from Valley Heart and we are pleased to be able to offer them to our customers.

Do visit us this week to check out our Pumpkin Patch and while you’re here, stroll the entire grounds to see what we have in stock.

And be sure to bring your camera with you to capture the family fun in our Pumpkin Patch and on Sat., Oct. 31 when we host Trick or Treat from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stop in today to see our huge selection of specialty plants. We have trees, shrubs, hedge material, vegetables, herbs, vines, perennials, succulents, agaves and more, all available in stock.

The Marina del Rey Garden Center constantly strives to offer you the best plants, products, product knowledge, plant expertise, customer service and more. It’s customers like you and Farmer Boy that put smiles on our faces.


Gain Some Gourds & Ground: Visit our Pumpkin Patch and Plant in Fall

Our Fall/Winter hours are in effect now and are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Download our full-page color ad from Beach People magazine’s October issue. We’re on page 11.

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

Our Pumpkin Patch is the place to be! Just last week, a huge shipment of pumpkins arrived and now the garden center has truly gone fall!

Do remember to stop in to take photos of your loved ones in our pumpkin patch! Our Annual Fall Festival is in progress and all sorts of fun awaits those who venture in now.

On Saturday, Oct. 31, we will host a Trick or Treat in our Pumpkin Patch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. so make plans to stop by, in costume.

And be sure to bring a camera or camcorder to capture all of the precious moments, like the ones below!

This month, the Marina del Rey Garden Center has been spotlighted in Los Angeles Magazine in their October “Homegrown” issue, on newsstands now.

Plant roots love to grow during fall, when they can spread out in response to the warmth left over from the summer sun.

The Marina del Rey Garden Center is fully loaded with camellias, trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, and citrus from our superb network of independent growers who make their mark by growing only the best plants. Ask Stephanie, Steve or Dago for advice on what to plant to set in motion a spring to remember. Now is a great time to plant a hedge or privacy screen, a colorful spread of perennials, trees for height or shade, shrubs and trees with unusual foliage, and vines and citrus that will yield a bountiful crop.

Beloved in Japanese gardens for their grace and beauty, Camellias are in bloom now (below), with more blooms to burst forth from now until February and March. Most Sasanqua Camellias begin to bloom now and Japonicas will bloom beginning in January. We have a large selection of these amazing plants so ask Dago, Stephanie or Steve for assistance.

Our perennials cover a wide swath of colors and include many different salvias and sages (below). Let your garden reap the beauty and benefit of these year-round shrubs that come in purples, blues, reds, yellows and oranges.

perennials and sages in fall

We are one of the few places where you will find plants from Monrovia Growers, leaders in the industry and horticultural craftsmen since 1926.

monrovia growers and plants

Our garden center constantly has the best in plants, soils amendments, advice, gardening tools, pottery, containers, fountains, statuary and home decor and gift items. We have been in business for 30 years and pride ourselves on offering the expertise of our studied staff members. Stop in to speak with one of certified nursery professionals for knowledge you can count on.

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Our delivery specialist Victor will make sure your plants, fountain, statuary and whatever you have purchased arrives safely and in excellent condition (above). The Marina del Rey Garden Center team takes the extra steps necessary to ensure your repeat business. While we take great pride in our plant knowledge, we also know that your entire MDRGC experience involves all of us, so we make sure everything is well done.

plants, ferns, bougainvillea, citrus, vines, colorful flowers

These plants (above) were recently in our “sold section” and reflect the diversity of specimens we offer. This grouping happens to reflect an intriguing mix of shapes, texture, and color. The citrus on a trellis is full of ripening fruit and the purple flowering vine is a cascade of showy color.

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The Passionfruit Vine (below) is another example of the showy, unusual looking flowers the plant world can produce. There are many factors to consider when planting a vine so be sure to ask one of our experts, Stephanie, Steve or Dago for advice.

passion fruit vine and flower

Vines grow well on trellises, arbors, pergolas and fences. Fences don’t always make such a great support since vines can reduce their longevity, however, wood and metal arbors, trellises (below) and pergolas are good ways to train and support a vine.

The trellises below have been used for grapes and other fruits and vegetables that needed a little extra support.

vines and trellises

We are known for stocking a nice selection of fountains and containers in a variety of shapes and sizes. Stop in to find just what your landscape is calling out for. And, if you don’t see what you want, just ask Dago, Steve or Stephanie to place a special order.

fountain, containers, pink flamingoes

dolphin fountain

As cooler evenings set in, relax outdoors under the stars with a chimenea (below) to warm you.

outdoor fireplace

And remember that we can create custom planted containers to your specifications. Container gardening is also a great way to freshen up a porch, patio, balcony or deck.

container with succulents

Get a Homegrown Bumper Crop in Your own Backyard

Los Angeles Magazine features us in their “Homegrown” issue (October 2009).

marina del rey garden center featured in october homegrown issue of los angeles magaizine

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Come Visit our Pumpkin Patch

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer 

Autumn winds have blown in and with them comes a reminder that kids of all ages will love visiting our pumpkin patch. We will receive a new shipment of pumpkins early this week, so be sure to stop in for awesome photo opportunities with the kids!

child in pumpkin patch with indian corn and hay

The handsome youngster above found our pumpkin patch quite to his liking and enjoyed sitting next to a happy scarecrow (below) on this, his first visit to a pumpkin patch!

toddler in pumpkin patch with friendly happy scarecrow

Bring a camera or camcorder with you when you visit our pumpkin patch. You’ll want to capture all of those memorable moments!

pumpkin patch

Kids love to pick out their own pumpkins for carving jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. Our pumpkins run from very small to very large.

We also have a nice selection of fall-oriented home decor items inside our store.

pumpkin items, gift items, fall harvest planters

welcome gift items home decor fall harvest halloween items

The Marina Garden Center is the place to shop for plants, soil amendments, fountains, containers, statuary and plant knowledge. If you have a question about a plant or a pest on a plant, we are the experts to go to. Ask Steve, Stephanie or Dago to help you. If possible, bring in a plant clipping so we can see what’s going on.

The Beckers of Becker’s Bakery fame in downtown Manhattan Beach recently added a pool to their backyard and came to the Marina Garden Center to ask for assistance with landscaping ideas. So, we gave them plenty of ideas and guidance and they found the plants they wanted, in stock, at the Marina Garden Center.

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We then loaded up our delivery truck and delivered all of their plant specimens and containers to the property. The resulting pool area is a lush, tropical oasis that fits in perfectly with the family’s lifestyle.

Their backyard design, which included a pool with waterfall,  a built-in firepit, and built-in planters, was in progress with the planters already in place. The pool was just a big hole in the ground but the oasis-to-be was ready for landscaping.

Along the walls that framed their yard, they wanted plants that would offer privacy from neighbors. And they wanted to create a lush, good feel to the backyard.

Thanks to their keen design sense and the expertise of the Marina Garden Center, their finished pool and landscape is a masterpiece (below).

pool landscaping with bamboo for privacy

Todd and Brigid Becker wanted a graceful privacy screen behind the pool and selected bamboo for the job. Since it was planted this summer, the bamboo has already begun to fill in and grow taller and helps frame the stunning pool architecture.

The Beckers have also made good use of container plantings. On the ledge in front of the bamboo (above) are two containers of succulents and at the very bottom of the photo is a glimpse of another container planting with a large succulent.

trees as a privacy screen planted along a wall

(Above) Italian Buckthorn, a vigorous, fast-growing hedge, have been planted along the artistic purple wall that lines one side of the Becker’s pool. These trees will grow to provide privacy and are in an upright shape to allow the colored wall to be seen. Shrubs and fuller trees would have covered up the painted wall.

curved planter with bamboo and kangaroo paws

(Above) This built-in curved planter lines another wall the Beckers share with a two-story house next door. Bamboo has been planted to provide privacy and can already be seen growing taller than the wall. Kangaroo Paws add a tropical feel and a nice summer-to-fall yellow.

papyrus, plumeria and kangaroo paws

The Beckers are an active beach family that enjoys bike riding and outdoor living. More yellow Kangaroo Paws were planted near the corner of the house with a magenta/pink Kangaroo Paw adding a colorful accent. The container on the porch steps holds a gorgeous and healthy Plumeria that will produce its fragrant tropical flowers next summer. Down the driveway is a glimpse of Papyrus that creates a fun jungle effect against the house.

kzangaroo paws and plumeria

The Kangaroo Paws provided ample color during the summer and can now be cut back so that new flowers will bloom in fall.

The Beckers’ pool and surrounding oasis is sure to provide pleasure and a fun gathering place for years to come. The artistry that is the pool extends into the flagstone and pebble walkways which are then enhanced with the use of plants in strikingly colorful containers and lush vegetation.

pool landscaping with bamboo for privacy

Stop in today to explore what you can do to enhance your existing landscape or to create a new one. Fall is the best time for planting because the roots respond well to the left over ground heat that summer provided, growing that much stronger so that you reap even more beauty in spring.

Dago, Stephanie and Steve can provide you with great planting advice, whether you are planting one plant or more. You can count on the expert plant and gardening knowledge available at the Marina del Rey Garden Center, so remember to come in when you need the top-quality advice of an independent garden center.

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