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Archive for month: December, 2016

Winter Gardening in Southern California: Succulents, Camellias, Grevillea, Australian Native Plants, Coreopsis, and Other Colorful Garden Plants, Containers, and Decorative Garden Art

Winter has hit Southern California and our recent rain means our ground is softer and ready for planting. Stop in to see how you can have color in your garden now, even in winter, by planting in the ground and in containers.

(Below) Camellias come alive during winter, adding an elegant beauty to the garden.



(Above and below) Notice the different flowers. Camellias come in semi-double, cup, formal double, single, Peony-form, Anemone form, and rose form.



(Below) We also have a large selection of containers in stock on our 2+ acres. Camellias can be grown in the ground or in containers. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel, Steve, or CJ for assistance. They can make sure you plant with the right soil for in-ground or container planting.



(Below) Isn’t this calliandra haematocephala beautiful with its red pom pom shaped flower? The flower also comes in pink and this wonderful evergreen plant is sometimes referred to as a red or pink powderpuff or red or pink pom pom.


(Below) The colors you can get from succulents is amazing! Stop in today to see our huge selection!


(Below) Decorative art like this will bring sunshine to any and every day. Put some “happy” in your garden or home.


(Below) The exotic Moonlight Grevillea can be hard to find but we do stock it. Plant a row of this beautiful shrub/tree and marvel at its beauty.


(Below) Red is the color flower most commonly associated with Grevillea, which are native to Australia and do well hit since we share a similar climate. Ask our Garden Design Experts CJ, Miguel, or Steve for guidance.


(Below) Planting in containers can enable you to move plants to suit your design as well as to help them meet their sun requirements.



(Below) We have pre-planted succulent arrangements sure to delight you!



(Below) The light shines on and through a succulent. Nature’s art.



(Below) We always have a great selection of containers in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors.


(Below) Yes, you can plant in winter in Southern California! Get your plants in the ground so they soak up winter’s rain.


(Below) A newly planted garden demonstrates waterwise plants and a variety of colors and textures.



(Below) Even bedding plants are full of color in winter. Stop in to see our selection.


(Below) Cool-season vegetables and herbs are here so plant anew for 2017 to have fresh food on your table. Fennel, below, even attracts Swallowtail Butterflies.


(Below) From garden statuary to fountains to garden art, we have a great assortment of top-quality items to select from.



As 2016 winds down to a close, we want to thank all of you for making our year beautiful and fun! Thank you for your patronage! And remember: We’re here to serve you so put our Garden Design Experts, Operations Team members, and Delivery Specialists to work for you. Wishing you all a bountiful 2017!


Holiday Gift Giving: Fountains, Indoor Plants, Hummingbird Feeders, Succulent Arrangements, Wind Chimes, Rain Chains, Citrus, Blueberries, Herb Planters, and Our Gift Card

Spread some holiday cheer with fun and unusual gifts. Our gift shop is filled with all sorts of eclectic, bright, cute, and unique plants and gifts. Small indoor fountains made great holiday gifts. And we have fun signs, wind chimes, mirrors, decorative indoor and outdoor wall art, pillows, meditating animals, cute tea light candle holders, hummingbird feeders, statuary, and gardening gloves and tools for the little ones.


(Below) Just one of our small indoor fountains.


(Below) Our Amaryllis are unlike any you will find, with two spikes bursting forth into bloom! While inside our store, do look into the nooks and crannies to see what else you can discover, like gnomes and watering cans.



(Below) These decorative metal containers are a great way to liven up a home or outdoor living area. They come complete with one large saucer tray to put underneath them and aren’t their textures cool?!


(Below) We have all sorts of small little plants to put in tight spaces. There are countless ways to decorate this holiday season.


(Below) Get the young ones in your life gardening with our colorful yet durable fork, trowel, and rake kits. We also have larger tools for the youngsters in your life and small watering cans for small hands. And, of course, wee ones need gardening gloves to protect their little hands!


(Below) A Hummingbird Feeder makes a great addition to any household! Our are decorative and come in a variety of enticing colors and shapes. Ask one of our staff members for assistance. They’ll be glad to show you how easy it is to bring hummingbirds to the garden. We have food for hummers, too, of course!


(Below) Rain chains are a fun gift!


(Below) Discover the fun world of Meditating Animals. These durable cast stone creations from Designer Stone are sealed for outdoor use and make a wonderful gift! Each animal has a corresponding trait and a tag to tell its recipient all about it.



(Below) A shiny bright new watering can is a great way to ring in the New Year! Gift recipients are sure to think of you every time they use it.


All of us at the Marina del Rey Garden Center wish you the Happiest of Holidays! We are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will close at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24. We will also be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 and 2. See you at the garden center!

Christmas Trees, Fresh-Cut Wreaths, Door Charms, Poinsettias, Gift Cards, Citrus, Blueberries, Fountains, and Gift Galore for the Gardener

A festive air will greet you at the Marina del Rey Garden Center where the color, aroma, and spirit of the season is in full evidence. Shoppers will find all sorts of great gifts and home decor items not to mention the freshest cut Christmas Trees in town! Make someone’s holiday extra special with the gift of a Heron statue or elegant fountain. And grab a few poinsettias for your home and office, and then take one to a party host. We also have lots of other great gifts for party hosts, ranging from cute succulents arranged in small pots to centerpieces to tiny cyclamen to Christmas Cacti. Amaryllis make great gifts, too, and ours are looking absolutely amazing!


(Below) Our tabletop fountains bring the soothing sound of flowing water inside so you can enjoy it in the comfort of your home.


(Below) It is time to plant Camellias and we have a large number of vibrant healthy plants full of buds and blooms, like Nuccio’s Bella Rossa.


(Below) Looking for a Living Christmas Tree? We also have fresh-cut wreaths, greens, and garland. Supplies are limited.


(Below) Our fresh-cut Christmas trees from Oregon are going quickly. Stop in today to select yours.



(Above and below) Our Operations Team members are ready to help you take your tree home today so you can begin decorating.


(Below) Fountains come in all sorts of shape and sizes. How would this whimsical yet stately fountain look in your garden?


(Below) Friendship Balls make great gifts. These colorful glass globes come in a festive box and make great gifts. Hang them as an ornament or elsewhere year-round to remember the spirit of friendship.


(Below) Give the gift of citrus. We have lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit–all ready to be used in recipes, squeezed into drinks, or eaten anytime for a healthy tasty snack!


(Below) Citrus can be planted in containers, making it a very versatile plant. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts for planting help. They can show you the best soil and soil amendment for planting in the ground versus in a container. They can also give you other care tips on watering and sunlight.


(Below) Blueberry bushes make great holiday gifts, too.


(Below) There are many ways to create a space for reflection in your home or garden.


(Below) We have baskets to add festive touches to the holidays.


(Below) Aren’t these Amaryllis stunning? Give the gift of life with one of these beauties!


(Below) Warm your guests with flames nestled inside one of our chimineas. We have stands, grates, and lids and the best firestarter around!



(Above) Aren’t these reindeer cute? Better yet, they have a cut out area where you can position a plant.

(Below) Orchids are timeless and make an elegant long-lasting gift. Take one to a party host.


(Below) Meditating Animals make great gifts for anyone who loves animals and whimsy, and who doesn’t? These small ones make wonderful stocking stuffers, too.


(Below) How about a fresh vegetable and herb garden planted in a colorful Talavera pot? Cooks will love any sort of herb and veggie garden you put together for them in any type/size container so just ask one of our Garden Design Experts Steve, Miguel, or CJ for assistance.


(Below) Azaleas are in bloom now and make spectacular gifts.


(Below) Cyclamen are in.


(Below) Ring in the holidays and New Year with Ornamental Cabbage and Kale. Craft your own spectacular display now while our selection is good.






(Below) Succulents also make great little gifts friends and family are sure to love.




We wish you a fun holiday season filled with laughter and love! See you at the garden Center!



Christmas Trees, Fresh-Cut Door Charms, Wreaths, Greens, Holiday Gifts, Reindeer, Gnomes and More


(Above) It is indeed that time of year when the holidays are nearly upon us! Step onto our grounds and you will find beautiful fresh-cut Noble Firs from Oregon–each one ready to make the season merry and bright in your home. Our trees come from a family-owner and -operated tree farm in southern Oregon and are grown with love.



(Above) Remember to buy your tree preservative so you have the most beautiful fresh tree you can!


(Above) The garden center comes alive this time of year with gorgeous fresh-cut Door Charms, Wreaths, and Greens.



(Below) Walk among our Christmas trees to smell their magnificent scent. Our staff is ready to help you load your tree inside or onto your vehicle so you can take it home right away! We also offer a delivery service.



(Below) Our poinsettias come elegantly foil-wrapped but can also be put in decorative containers, baskets, and more. The foil-wrapped poinsettias make great holiday gifts for party hosts and friends and family! Shop now for the best selection.



Every year, we have stunning poinsettias! But grab it when you see the one you want; no two are alike and when what we have is gone, they’re gone!


(Below) You never know what you’ll find at the garden center! Reindeer, hummingbird feeders, succulent wreaths and centerpieces, vases, gnomes, orchids, beautiful indoor plants, Talavera pottery, chimineas, Tillandsias (aka air plants), small Christmas cacti, small cyclamen, and lots of other wonderful gifts and home decor!






Remember, too, you can gift a gardener with a Marina del Rey Garden Center gift card–It never expires and has zero extra fees associated with it! In Southern California, gardening is a year-round pleasure!





(Above) Rosemary shaped as Christmas trees make a cute addition to the home or office.

(Below) New at MDRGC: These wonderful Firestarters are non-toxic and environmentally safe and “Made in the U.S.A.” One of these Lightning Nuggets is all you need to light your fireplace, fire pit, chiminea, barbecue, wood stove, or campfire.


(Below) We specialize in creating unique plantings, many on driftwood; others in containers. If you don’t see one you like, ask us what we can do for you. We’ll plant on the spot to your specifications.


See you at the garden center!