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Archive for month: November, 2011

Tis the Season for a Christmas Tree

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

It’s holiday season at the Marina del Rey Garden Center! Poinsettias (ab0ve), living Christmas trees and our fresh-cut Christmas trees from Oregon are here, and ready for you to make your selection.

(Above) Living Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes can be found at the garden center. Plant a citrus tree in a container. Make a statuary piece a focal point. Talk to Steve, Roger or CJ to find out what fun things you can do for the holidays.

The holiday season always turns part of the Marina Garden Center’s parking lot into a forest of Christmas trees and our selection is the best around, so get in the spirit of the holidays, take a break from your everyday routine and visit us. You’re sure to find a treasure to warm your heart.

This holiday season, we’re pleased to announce that we have Talavera ornaments (above). These unique, handpainted creations make great gifts this time of year.

Nature is abundant at the Marina Garden Center and visitors will frequently spot a bunny, hummingbird, butterfly and other fun creatures. (Above) Monarch butterflies have been enjoying feeding off of our Asclepia as they travel on their migratory journey. PlantĀ Asclepia in your garden to attract Monarchs and ask Roger, CJ or Steve what else you can plant to have a “butterfly” garden.

(Above) Little visitors love wandering through the garden center to see what they can find. This little one is strolling through some lavender which undoubtedly is perfuming her nose with its sweet scent. Bring a beverage and meander through our 2+ acres.

It’s still a great time to plant, so if you want to spruce up your yard or home for the holidays, do stop in. Our nursery professionals will give you the expert advice you need.

(Below) Living Christmas trees can be planted in your landscape and enjoyed year after year.

Get Cool Season Plants in the Ground Now

By Cathy Hough, general manager & buyer

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Alert: Poinsettias arrive the week of Nov. 14, our stupendous fresh-cut Christmas trees from Oregon arrive the week of Nov. 21 as does our selection of fresh-cut greens.

Cyclamen, Pansies (below), Iceland Poppies, Snapdragons… These are just some of the cool season plants that will add color to your garden during our cooler days of fall and winter.

Pansies (above) are sweet little plants with distinctive, beautiful flowers, each bloom revealing a different blend of hues of color. Cyclamen come in red, white and pink, making them prime for the holiday season.

Christmas Cactus (above) are now in the store and are another favored plant to have during the holiday season.

Spruce up your garden or yard now by planting perennials, shrubs and trees (below) that will appreciate getting their roots in the ground this fall while the soil is still warm from summer. Plants will typically deliver more growth and more blooms in spring, if planted now. Ask Steve, Roger or CJ for assistance. They can let you know what soil amendments to plant with and how to care for your plants to get the best performance from them.

Decorative hedges in varying heights, a vibrant purple Princess Flower (above)… We are loaded to the brim with one of the most comprehensive plant selections in the South Bay, Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Another favored “must” this time of year are Camellias (below) and we have a large selection of Japonicas and Sasanquas. These treasured garden gems offer a dark, evergreen waxy leafed plant that produces a grand show of blooms during the fall and winter months.

Azaleas (below) typically bloom during the time Camellias are blooming, hence you will see the two nicely paired in gardens throughout the Southland, including the famous Descanso Gardens and Huntington Library grounds.

Azaleas (above) come in red, white, pink and purple, giving gardeners a diverse color palette to work from.

Stop in today to see all of the plants you can get in the ground or in containers now. Container gardening can be quite fun, producing beautiful succulent displays, fruit-bearing citrus and other dynamic looks, including deck and balcony privacy barriers. Our in-stock container selection is one of the largest in the Greater Los Angeles area, so visit today to pair plants and pots. We can custom plant containers for you. Ask one of our nursery professionals, Steve, CJ or Roger, for assistance.

Lion’s Tail (above) is a perennial whose flower gives it its name. Planted in groupings or solo, it is a eye-catching plant.

Another vibrantly colored plant that is dynamic in a landscape is Echinachea (below). Its tall spiky stem and appealing flower have made it very popular.

It’s also time to get your cool season vegetables and herbs planted (below). Stop in today to see the latest selection since we are constantly receiving new plants.

Greet the chill of the day or a nice warm fall sun by strolling our 2+-acre garden center to find what you need for your garden, yard, business, business landscape, home and gifts. Bring a warm beverage or cold drink to enjoy as you peruse our magnificent grounds.