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Archive for month: October, 2016

Pumpkins, Fall Decorating, Talavera, Fall Planting, Grevillea, Purple Hopseed, Cape Honeysuckle, Milkweed, Containers, Fountains, Pots For All

Halloween is today so stop in to find the right pumpkins for fall decorating. Our Pumpkin Patch has brought lots of visitors to the garden center and we thank all of you for your patronage.



(Below) We’re all about unique… and Talavera pottery is certainly unique!



(Below) Our Pumpkin Patch is known for the fun variety of pumpkins we stock, including Fairytale, Cinderella, and White pumpkins. Jazz up your fall decorations with some pumpkin fun!



Fall Planting


(Above) Our Garden Design Expert CJ helps a customer with his plant selection. You can see the orange flowers of the Cape Honeysuckle in the background. Cape Honeysuckle, which comes as a vine or shrub, is exceedingly popular with hummingbirds.

(Below) Purple Hopseed is a fast-growing tree or shrub that will provide privacy rather quickly. We always have a good selection of trees and shrubs. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts CJ, Miguel, or Steve for guidance. They’ll be glad to help you select plants, provide planting guidance, recommend soils and soil amendments so your plants can thrive.


(Below) Long John Grevillea is an Australian native that adds a wispy artful grace to the garden. Plant this native in groups to achieve privacy. We have some great-looking specimens in stock now.



(Above and below) Long John Grevillea sports a stunning, dainty red flower that catches the eye with its natural beauty.


(Below) Milkweed is the food of the Monarch butterfly and we make it a priority to have some in stock all the time. Aren’t the orange and yellow flowers stunning? Plant some today and keep the Monarch population going strong!



More Grevillea


(Above and below) We stock a large assortment of Grevillea with a variety of different growing habits, including Scarlett Sprite Grevillea and Coastal Gem Grevillea. Most Grevilleas feature attractive bright red flowers. We also carry the prized Moonlight Grevillea and have a few in right now in limited supply. Coastal Gem Grevillea, below, is a low-spreading shrub. 



Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays


It’s never too early to start sprucing up a home and garden for the holidays. Indoor and outdoor fountains, unusual planters, benches, statues and more can make a house a home.

Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel, Steve, or CJ for assistance selecting fountains, containers, planters, and the like. Their expertise will help you have a winning experience!


(Above) Cooks and nature lovers will totally appreciate this huge fruit-bearing Bearss Lime bush that is absolutely loaded with limes right now. Find the right containers and plant this beauty within easy reach to add fresh lime juice or peel to anything.

(Below) With one of the largest container selections in Southern California, gardeners are sure to find just the right container for their plants. We have a good selection of hard-to-find white containers, perfect for the holidays!








See you at the Garden Center where all things fall and winter are happening now!

Pumpkins, Bouncer Fun, Happy Times, Beautiful Fall Plants, Camellias, Roses, Instant Privacy Plants

Our Pumpkin Patch continues to be the scene for happy pumpkin hunters. In addition to the traditional carving pumpkin Jackpot, we have other interesting pumpkin varieties to choose from.


This coming weekend, our free Kids Bounce House will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (October 29 and 30) so bring the wee and older ones in for some fun times and precious photos.



(Below) Our Pumpkin Patch certainly has brought out the cuties. Be sure to stop in to capture those special moments.






The Beauty of Plants


With our weather going from hot to rainy, it might seem a little hard to pinpoint some planting ideas but rest assured, there are lots of things you can do in the garden right now, even if only some sprucing up for the upcoming holidays.

(Above and below) Did you know the striking Bird of Paradise is the floral emblem for the City of Los Angeles? Also known as Crane Flower, this South African native plant blooms year-round. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts for assistance.


(Below) Seriously fun, this plant is called “Cousin Itt.” Remember that guy?! This is actually Acacia cognata and sure to turn heads anywhere it’s placed. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel, CJ, or Steve for guidance on how to plant this wacky-looking, fun and wild plant.





(Above and below) We recently received a large delivery of Boxwoods. These top-quality specimens perform and look good all year, and especially in fall and winter when their dark green foliage can add just the right look.

Our selection includes a variety of shapes. Plant Boxwoods in the ground or in containers. Decorate them for the holidays, create an attractive hedge for privacy, or spread them around in containers on your grounds–pathways, porches, decks, balconies, patios.



More Plants for the Holidays


(Above and below) With its stunning red flower, Yuletide Camellia is a much-loved presence during the holiday season. Most Sasanqua Camellias, which tend to first bloom in the fall, are flowering now thanks to our recent hotter-than-normal temperatures. The good news is Camellias will continue to produce buds with the right care. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts CJ, Miguel, or Steve for assistance.



As you can see above, our Camellias are fully loaded with buds, making them the plants that will continue to flower into winter.


More Bloomers


(Above) Plumbago

Part of what’s so wonderful about living in Southern California is our ability to garden year round AND have color. Native plants from California, Australia, South Africa and other areas all have different bloom seasons so that a well-planned garden can flower year-round.

(Below) Roses are still looking stunning in Southern California and our garden center is proof.






Get Instant Privacy With Plants

If you don’t have time to wait for plants to grow taller or fill in, or you don’t want to plant in the ground, plants can still create privacy for you and yours.

(Below) We offer a good selection of large sprawling and tall plants already growing on trellises so you can position one or more together to create instant privacy. Ask our Garden Design Experts Steve, CJ, and Miguel for advice and planting guidance for your specific situation and needs.



We are wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season. See you at the garden center!


Los Angeles Westside Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkins for Carving, Painting, Halloween Haunts, Ghouls, Surprises, Boxwoods and More

Our Pumpkin Patch was just replenished with our final delivery of all things pumpkin and fall. Bring the kids this Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for our free Bounce/Jumper and have fun at the garden center!

(Below) Aren’t these Pumpkins amazing? 


(Below) A gardener stops in and loves on our resident cat while selecting pumpkins, minis at that!


(Below) Orange Sparkler pumpkins are so named due to their long curvy stem that is reminiscent of a fireworks “sparkler.’


(Below) Artists have stopped in to enjoy the experience of our Pumpkin Patch. Let your creativity flow in the garden center. We are loaded with nature, all things fall, and all things Halloween.




A new shipment of gorgeous Boxwoods has just arrived.





Back to the Patch


Our Pumpkin Patch truly is amazing–fun and full of a large variety of pumpkins! Who knew there were so many?!



Gardening Fun, Spooky Stuff


Well, hanging moss could be fun. Tillandsias could be fun. Create your own nirvana.


(Above) Our Halloween stuff is super spooky. Stop in to claim it for yourself. If you dare!


(Above) Fountains make life grand, quiet, calm… Whatever you desire. Stop in now to create the mood and setting you want. And let our Garden Design Experts Steve, Miguel, and CJ help you.


See you at the garden center!


Pumpkin Patch Fun, Special Kids Activities, Spooky Halloween Stuff, Boxwoods, Container Gardens, Succulents, Cacti, Bromeliads, Drought-Tolerant Plants, Indoor Plants, Fountains, Home Decor, Vines

As can be typical in Southern California, our October weather has been a mixture of high temperatures and cooler hints of fall. Here at the Marina del Rey Garden Center, our Pumpkin Patch is in full swing, with a spooktacular selection of pumpkins ranging from the traditional carving pumpkin Jackpot to newbie Orange Sparkler. 

Mark your calendars now for our free Bounce House weekends Saturdays and Sundays, October 22, 23, 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our Pumpkin Patch is open every day during our normal operating hours of 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. so stop in to select your pumpkins and other fall and Halloween decor.


You can see all of the kinds of pumpkins we have this year here. And we have gourds, corn stalks, and straw bales for sale, too, as well as Halloween items.






Spruce Up Your Home, Garden for the Holidays

(Below) Imagine how much you and your family will enjoy the soothing sound of flowing water this holiday season, not to mention the elegance it will add to your home decor or outdoor garden areas.


(Below) Fall is the best season for planting so if you’ve been considering re-doing your landscape, creating new gardens or simply enhancing existing ones now is the time to stop in and consult with one of our Garden Design Experts. Miguel, CJ, and Steve will be happy to provide you with top professional service and expert plant knowledge.


(Above) Vines can look dazzling all year long. Plant them in containers or in the ground.

(Below) Create your own lush relaxation area and go there often!


(Below) Junipers and Cypress can look simply divine when planted in containers and positioned on porches, pathways, on patios, decks, balconies, and in yards.


(Below) Our container selection is extensive, allowing you to use your artistry to create a great plant/pot combo. You can decorate in the colors of fall and the holidays or whatever suits your fancy.






(Below) Plant some focal points in the garden or create a jungle! Either way, our Garden Design Experts are ready to give you the professional guidance needed to have the landscape, garden, home decor you desire.


(Below) Hummingbirds love us and we can show you what to plant or put in a hummingbird feeder to attract these beautiful creatures.


(Below) Let us also show you how to plant to attract the gorgeous Monarch Butterfly.



(Below) Bromeliads add lush color to your home and garden.


(Below) Succulents set the stage for beautiful custom planted containers. We always have a wealth of pre-planted succulent containers available for immediate purchase.


(Below) Did you know we stock a huge selection of succulents? 


(Below) We also have a selection of cacti. Aren’t they majestic?


(Below) Let our team help you select the proper soil for your planting needs.


(Below) We have some amazing specimens in stock now.




See you at the Garden Center!

‘Best’ Garden Center on Los Angeles’ Westside, Pumpkins in Our Pumpkin Patch, Fall Decorations, Halloween Items, and Plants, Pots, and Fun!

Get into the spirit of fall with Pumpkins from our Pumpkin Patch! We have pumpkins small enough for little hands, pumpkins for carving, pumpkins for painting, pumpkins for decorating!

We also want to thank everyone who voted us as the No. 1  “Best of the Westside 2016” garden center in The Argonaut newspaper.


Our Pumpkin Patch has places to sit and pose for photos. Kids love stepping on the straw and checking out all of the pumpkins. Adults love it, too!

We’ll have a free bouncer for the kids on Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23 and 29-30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our Pumpkin Patch is open daily 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during normal garden center operating hours.


Our pumpkin varieties include Jackpot, Fairytale, Tiger Baby, Orange Sparkler, White Casper,Cinderella, Big Max, Mini, Pumpkin Pie, Jarrahdale, Wee Be Little, Royalty, and White pumpkins.


Gardeners are attracted to our Pumpkin Patch! Feel free to pull your cart into our patch.


The straw bales, corn stalks, and stuffed Scarecrows  used in our Pumpkin Patch, as well as skeletons inside our store are available for purchase as are all the Halloween decorations and statuary you see.



(Below) This dad carted away his wee daughter’s pumpkin selection.


(Below) Take a Scarecrow home with you!


(Below) If it’s gourds you’re looking for, it’s gourds we’ve got!  Stop in and load up on your fall and Thanksgiving decorations.


(Below) Go stylish for fall with fountains, cypress in containers, and pumpkins strategically placed about. 






Color in the Fall Garden


Purple, browns, reds, oranges… These are many of the colors you’ll see in bloom in the garden now. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel, CJ or Steve for any help or guidance you need.

(Below) Fall is a wonderful time to plant in the garden and many Salvias and Succulents that do well now will attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. P.S. You can plant blueberries now, too, as seen behind this gardener to his left on the raised platforms.


(Below) Succulents are yet another way to add visual appeal and color to your garden.


(Below) Add beauty and grace to your landscape with colorful shrubs and vines.




(Below) We still have some stunning Plumeria and Roses in stock.




(Below) Bromeliads and Succulents do flower and can add an exotic look to your home or garden. Hummingbirds are particularly fond of the nectar in their flowers.





See you at the garden center!