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Archive for month: April, 2012

Spring Planting Is Here: Landscape Your Garden For Summer

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By Cathy Hough, general manager and buyer

You are buying the best plants when you shop at the Marina del Rey Garden Center, where deliveries are constantly arriving (below). Our network of growers, chosen by us for their quality plants, have the experience to ensure a superior product. Let our staff of experts, Steve, CJ, Roger and Jim help you maintain that excellence with the appropriate soil amendments.

Our roses (below) are in bloom, making now the perfect time to stop in to select the plant that appeals most to you. Our staff can guide you on the proper care of these most amazing plants.

Fields of lavender (below) catch the eye; grow some as a hedge or border or meander them through an existing landscape. I have several in my front yard and they are beautiful, not to mention fragrant. We have many varieties in stock so you can select the ones you like best.

Think tropical now to enjoy colorful blossoms through summer. Hibiscus are stunning shrubs/trees that come in dazzling colors such as orange (below), red, white and pink.

We are famous for our container and water fountain collections. These new fountains will turn any area into a peaceful oasis. Visit today to wander through our 2+ acres of fountains, containers, plants and more.

We’re always looking for creative plant presentations. The one below is one of our custom planted succulent gardens.

The succulent garden below demonstrates another pairing of plant and container–this time resulting in an architectural, contemporary look. Tell us what look you want; we’ll help you achieve it.

(Below) Brighten up your shade garden with these Coral Bells, grown for their bright, bold, colorful leaves.

Whatever plant you’re looking for, we’re sure to have it. (Below) CJ loads some prime vegetable plants onto a customer’s cart. In the background is just part of our huge terra cotta pottery selection.

(Below) Stop in for blueberry bushes. They do best planted in containers. We have several varieties of this anti-oxidant rich fruit. We also have grape vines, all just in time for true summer fun!

The Marina Garden Center is your one-stop spot for gardening. We take great pride in offering the best service and advice, plus in having the best quality plants and products for you to choose from. Visit us today!

Spring Gardens: Tomato Plants, Salvias… Create Your Oasis Now

By Cathy Hough, general manager and buyer

A little more than a week ago, the Marina del Rey Garden Center lost a dear friend and employee, Al Romo. You may have seen Al’s friendly face in the rose garden (below) tending to our selection. We will miss Al dearly.

Al Romo

Our vegetable and herb section (below) is one of the busiest areas in the garden center and with good reason: our selection is the best in quality and covers everything from tomato plants to lettuce to dill to bell peppers to basil to cat mint in sizes that range from six-packs to four-inch containers to a gallon. And we receive new arrivals of vegetables and herbs nearly daily. Come on in to discover how wonderful and tasty your garden can be!

Gardeners are preparing for bumper crops of tomatos! Tomato cages in hand (below), this gardener is pulling a cart loaded with tomato plants. Ask CJ, Steve or Roger for assistance. They can help you select what you’ll need, including the best soil amendment, to give your garden the best start possible!

On Saturday, April 21, noted landscape architect, gardener and author Shelley Sparks will give us an inside look at her holistic approach to gardening. Shelley’s goal is to put harmony, healing and beneficial qualities into gardens. Her latest book, Secrets of the Land, “describes ancient practices that help you express your personality in the garden.” We have her book in stock now and it will be available for her to sign on April 21.

(Below) A new delivery of strawberry pots and decorative pots for concealing a hose has just arrived!

The Marina del Rey Garden Center is fully stocked with a huge assortment of shrubs, trees, vines, fruit trees, perennials, succulents, and colorful annuals and are your one-stop resource for all things gardening! Spring is a great time to plant privacy hedges, add perennials to your existing landscape, plant color in flower beds and containers, watch the fruits of your labor and nurturing grow, and simply enjoy the pleasure that gardening is.

(Below) We have an amazing selection of shade plants.

Our 2+ acres is a great place to take a stroll. In addition to the colorful hanging baskets found near our parking lot and entrance to the store, an entire world of plants awaits you behind the building and stretches quite a distance beyond.

(Below) A hummingbird finds the nectar she needs in this salvia. Ask us how you can attract hummingbirds, butterflies and other fun creatures to your garden!

Spring and summer mean fun, fab, bright colors! Our latest and largest shipment of the year for containers (below) is giving our customers countless fun choices for pairing plants with pots.

(Below) Gardens can be quirky, classic, contemporary–you decide! Stop in today to get some ideas and inspiration from our displays!

Local Garden Tour Calendar

Windsor-Square Hancock Park Historical Society Garden Tour and Party-Earth Day, Sun., April 22

12 noon – 6 p.m.

Tickets: $65, online at 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 5

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets: $60 in advance, $70 day of event. or call 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.