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Archive for month: March, 2011

Spring is For Color! Roses, Salvias, Poppies…Everything’s in Bloom at the Marina del Rey Garden Center

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

After a recent rain, our roses in bloom (above) seemed even more vibrant. The delicate rain drops still on their leaves reminded me that all our rainfall this year has prepped the ground for a spectacular spring of color.

Spring is here and with it, the kind of weather that’s perfect for gardening. Ask Darla or Steve for guidance. They can help you find the ideal plants for your growing conditions and help you make sure your soil is as prime for planting as possible.

We’ve just received a shipment of Unique Stone from North Carolina. The terminals above were used to mark property lines and are gorgeous reproductions. Other Unique Stone gallery items (above) now in include benches, fountains, the Atlas console (below), urns and other elegant stone creations.

This plant (below) won’t be sold until our resident mama hummingbird (below) has her babies.

Stunning Ceanothus (below) is a gorgeous shrub that comes in a variety of growing habits and shades of blue. You will see many of these shrubs/trees in bloom now. I found several beautiful specimens on a walk in the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden yesterday. The garden is in Polliwog Park and open to the public for free.

Duck, duck, goose! The friendly critters below can inhabit your garden, too. They don’t make a mess or fuss but are very fun to look at and talk about. Ours can be found in our growing garden located in front of the parking lot toward Mindanao Way and are set amongst grasses that sway in the breeze. Be sure to take a minute to tour our growing garden. There are pathways that lead through the area with signs noting the plants you’re seeing.

Roses (below) make elegant statements in the garden. We have more than 60 varieties to choose from with signs that show the colorful flower and describe the bush.

Cistus (below), aka Rock Rose, comes in a glorious dynamic pink and a beautiful white.

This ornate fountain (below) from Unique Stone subtly captures blue herons. Let it be a focal point in your garden, patio or entryway.

Unique Stone’s terminals (below) are masterful pieces of art.

Each one of the four terminals represents a season.

Hydrangeas (below) immediately capture the eye and freshen the heart with their vivid colors.

Unique Stone’s exemplary products (below) are made from the finest materials.

Jasmine (below) offers a sweet scent and is beautiful to look at. Ask Steve or Darla how you can add this wonderful vine to your landscape.

Natives, Colorful Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, and More: It’s Time to Enjoy Spring

Our spring hours are in effect. We’re open until 6:30 p.m. daily.

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

Spring is definitely in the air and just around the corner, with March 20 being its first official day (see our Garden Tour calendar at the bottom of this page). We are fully loaded for spring, packed with all kinds of wonderful and amazing plants (Coral Tree below), and we can provide the planting expertise you need.

It’s time now to plant colorful bedding plants as well as natives and shrubbery. Delphiniums, Foxglove and Wisteria (below) are particularly beautiful this time of year.

Delphiniums (below) alone can turn heads in a garden. And there are lots of other plants that can do so, as well. Ask Darla or Steve to help you determine what to plant where.

Gardens can gain color form shrubs and trees, too. Oftentimes shrubs and trees do double duty, offering color and providing privacy or shade. (Below) Bottle Brush is an Australian plant that adds greatly to our So Cal landscapes.

Princess Flower (below) features a scintillating purple flower that is a beauty to behold. It is a nice focal point in a garden.

We pre-book our Hydrangea (below) order a year ahead of time to secure the best available plants from the best grower. This plant is available for a limited time only, so hurry in to choose yours today.

Cordyline (below) can make a strong statement when planted in a container. 

The Marina del Rey Garden Center is known for our extensive pottery and container collection (below). Customers can browse one of the largest on-site assortments in Southern California. If it doesn’t fit in your car, we offer delivery,

We also have a jumbo selection of succulents (below), expanded more than a year ago to accommodate the needs of our waterwise landscapes. The interesting thing about succulents is that they come in all shapes and sizes, and colors, with intriguing foliage and flowers. Stop in today to check out our huge assortment.

Succulents (below) look great in containers (below), especially on patios or in entryways. Peruse our container selection and then match one up with a succulent, or vice versa. Either way, you’re sure to find a stunning combination of pot and plant.

Remember to stock up on our all-organic soil amendment Bumper Crop (below) during our “Buy 4 bags, get the 5th bag free” event. This is a once-a-year sale, so stop in today to get the best soil amendment available before it’s over.

Our professional staff can help you have the best garden. Steve and Darla are ready to help you. Featured is the colorful  Razzleberry (below) shrub.

Bird of Paradise (below) is a longstanding garden favorite and is the official flower of Los Angeles. It’s a vibrant addition to So Cal landscapes.

We also are your headquarters for vegetables (below), herbs and fruit trees, so stop in today. Our selection is large, full of variety and the best plants, guaranteed. See you at the Marina Garden Center!

Local Garden Tour Calendar

Garden Tour –See Nine Wonderful Gardens in the Westchester/Playa del Rey area– Sun., April 10

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets: $25, available at The Guilded Cage, 8917 B, South Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester, in the Ralphs/CVS shopping center or online with credit card at http://wmhg2011gardentour.eventbrite.com. Proceeds support the Airport Marina Counseling Service. Visit website or call 310-641-7850 for information.

Presented by the Westchester Mental Health Guild and sponsored by Team Crockett at CCR Properties, Inc., Marina del Rey Garden Center and Elements Landscape Design, Inc.

Windsor-Square Hancock Park Historical Society Garden Party–Sun., April 17

12 noon – 6 p.m.

Tickets: $50, online at http://wshphs.org. Self-guided tour is noon-4 p.m., lecture at 3 p.m. and reception with light supper 4-6 p.m. at Getty House. Tour begins at Getty House, 605 South Irving Blvd., Los Angeles, 90005.

Please wear flat shoes and bring a hat.

Sponsored by Paramount Pictures and Hancock Park Homeowners Association, est. 1948.

Venice Garden & Home Tour — Sat., May 7

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets: $60 advance, $70 day of event. www.venicegardentour.org, barbara@venicegardentour.org or barbarab/events at 310-821-1857.

Self-guided walk of some 30 beautiful and avant garde gardens and homes in the Coeur d’Alene neighborhood and on Venice Walk Streets. Start at 804 Broadway at Pleasant View, Venice.

Benefits Neighborhood Youth Association’s Las Doradas Children’s Center, Venice.