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Winter, Spring Gardening in Southern California: Intriguing Foliage, South African and Australian Native Plants, Kangaroo Paws, Shade Plants, Camellias, Scented Plants, Mints, Herbs, Vegetables, Tomatoes, Mexican Papaya, Bell Peppers, NonGMO plants, USDA Certified Organic

The sun was finally out this past weekend and the garden center was full of folks taking advantage of the gorgeous weather to take a stroll and get digging.

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With our recent deliveries, the garden center is awash in color–from Flax and Cordyline (above and below), Boxwoods, Topiary shapes, beautiful plants spread across large trellises to Salvias and South African and Australian native plants in stunning colors with distinctive looks.

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(Below) Plant some distinctive color in your garden. We have all sorts of plants to create whatever look you desire. Plant a low hedge, plant trees or shrubs for privacy, dot your landscape with a dash of color here, a different color there to create your artistic vision.

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(Below) Native to South Africa, leucadendron is a large group of plants related to protea and known for their distinctive seed heads, which are woody cone-like structures. These plants have become more popular in recent years here and you will find them all over in countless Southern California gardens.

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(Above and below) We carry a large selection of these evergreen trees and shrubs that do well in our climate. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts, Steve, CJ or Miguel, for assistance. They can help you plant the best ones for your conditions.

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Leucadendron blooms are often used in cut flower bouquets.

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(Below) Australian Native Plants also do well in our climate, given that they, like South African natives, share a climate that closely resembles ours. We have a good selection of Kangaroo Paws, whose flowers resemble the paws they’re named after.

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Kangaroo Paws aren’t just colorful, they’re also a great cut flower.

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(Below) Operations Team Member Pablo helps a gardener with his selection of a shade plant. Our staff takes great pride in offering the best service around.

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(Below) Camellias are lush and in bloom now. Nuccio’s Bella Rossa Camellia is one of the most beautiful flowers.

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Camellias are flowering, shade-loving, small trees or shrubs that are available in a remarkable range of colors, forms, and sizes. Depending on the variety they may bloom in late fall, winter and early spring adding cheer to the garden when little else is in flower.

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Their blooms, from white or pink to deep red, some with as simple a look as a wild rose, others that look as full blown as a peony, are set against glossy dark green leaves. Grow a camellia as a spectacular specimen, plant several to form a loose hedge, or train them as espalier to cover fences and low walls.

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(Below) This couple enjoyed smelling some aromatic rosemary as they wandered through the garden center. Stop in and spend time exploring nature with the ones in your life.

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(Below) Australian Native Plants are in bloom. Lavender Grevillea, with its fine-textured gray foliage and showy rose-red flowers on arching branches, contrasts nicely with another grevillea.

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(Below) Winter and spring herbs and vegetables are in. Stop in to select Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Strawberries, Mints, Sorrel, Thyme, Lettuce, Lemongrass, Lavender, Rosemary, and more.

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(Below) Tomato lovers can begin planting now with Oregon Spring and Sub-Arctic Tomato plants.

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(Below) Pineapple Mint is among the many mint varieties we have in stock.

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(Below) You never know what you’ll find in our Herb and Vegetable section. Mexican Papaya anyone?!

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(Below) Bell Peppers are arriving. Stop in now and ask Miguel, CJ or Steve–our Garden Design Experts–how to have a thriving edible garden in the ground or in a container.

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We look forward to seeing you at the Marina del Rey Garden Center!

Plants Arriving Daily; Get Your Winter and Spring Vegetables, Herbs, Native Plants, and Much More

The hallmark of spring, Hydrangea, are here and looking lovely. With all the rain we’ve had and the brief respite we’re enjoying, now is a great time to get digging and planting.

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And, while the garden center may have looked fairly sparse earlier this year as winter hit, we now are loaded with gorgeous new plants. One of our best growers has delivered a large order of beautiful, vibrant plants, including Native Plants.

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(Below) Sweet Pea Shrub is a stunner in the garden.

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Put some purple in your life, and while you’re at it, check out our privacy hedge plants on trellises. They can give you instant privacy, as in right now! Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Steve, Miguel, or CJ for assistance.

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Oh, the wonder and beauty of plants!

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(Below) We are loaded with Salvias… Plant one or more to bring hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators to your garden.

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Check out the amazing beauty of a tree or shrub growing on a trellis. Put one or more of these trellised plants in front of a window or line them up for privacy to keep unwanted eyes from looking in.

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Fill your home and garden with plants and statuary that reflect your lifestyle.

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(Below) Always a favorite, Iceland Poppies are in! Plant some now to add color to your garden.

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There are so many ways to have the garden you desire. And all of the new plants we’ve just received, along with input from one of our Garden Design Experts Miguel, CJ, or Steve, will set you on the right path to having a healthy, delightful garden now and into spring and summer.

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Indoor Plants

Houseplants have long been known to be an effective way to reduce indoor air pollution and toxins in your home and office. According to a 1989 study by NASA, indoor plants can remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia (chemicals that have been linked to health effects like headaches and eye irritation) from the air we breathe.

With winter upon us and lots of time spent indoors, now is a great time to create a healthier home and office by greening up your indoor space with indoor plants. So, how many plants do you need? Well, NASA research suggests having at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space to filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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Spider Plant, Snake Plant, Golden Pothos, Red-edged Dracaena, Weeping Fig, Azalea (above), English Ivy, Warneck Dracaena, Chinese Evergreen, Bamboo Palm, Heart Leaf Philodendron, Boston Fern, Lady Palm, Dwarf Date Palm, Kimberley Queen Fern, and Peace Lily are among the best plants for filtering harmful compounds out of the air we breathe.

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Ask our staff to help you find the perfect indoor plants to turn your home or office into a beautiful cozy place.

 

Containers

On our 2+ acres, you will find an enormous selection of containers in a variety of shapes and sizes. We stock Terra Cotta, Asian ceramics, Talavera Pottery, contemporary, heavy and lightweight containers. Stop in to see our huge selection. You’re sure to find the perfect container for your plants.

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Ask one of our Garden Design Experts for help selecting the proper sized container for your planting needs. They’ll also steer you to the right soil for potting your plants. We also offer a custom planting service. Just ask for details.

 

 

Indoor Plants and Healthy Air, Camellias, Unique Pottery, Fountains, Firepits, Winter Vegetables Including Brussels Sprouts, and Color in the Winter Garden

Houseplants have long been known to be an effective way to reduce indoor air pollution and toxins in your home and office. According to a 1989 study by NASA, indoor plants can remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia (chemicals that have been linked to health effects like headaches and eye irritation) from the air we breathe.

With winter upon us and lots of time spent indoors, now is a great time to create a healthier home and office by greening up your indoor space with indoor plants. So, how many plants do you need? Well, NASA research suggests having at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space to filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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(Above and below) We have a large selection of indoor plants in a variety of sizes perfect for small and larger spaces. Be sure to ask our expert staff which plants will do the best in your indoor space.

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Spider Plant, Snake Plant, Golden Pothos, Red-edged Dracaena, Weeping Fig, Azalea, English Ivy, Warneck Dracaena, Chinese Evergreen, Bamboo Palm, Heart Leaf Philodendron, Boston Fern, Lady Palm, Dwarf Date Palm, Kimberley Queen Fern, and Peace Lily are among the best plants for filtering harmful compounds out of the air we breathe.

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We also stock a huge assortment of containers, great for indoor and outdoor plants.

In particular, we are very proud to have unique, one-of-a-kind hand-thrown pottery by local artist Ken Morris. We think you’ll agree that Ken’s work is absolutely beautiful and perfect for your home.

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Let your creativity flow. Stop in to see which indoor plants move you and then match them to containers that also speak to you. Our Indoor Plant Expert Jim can answer any questions you have as well as offer guidance. Also feel free to ask our Garden Design Experts Miguel, CJ, and Steve for assistance.

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(Below) One of local artist Ken Morris’ fine works.

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(Above and below) You can have color and texture in your home and indoor plants offer an amazing array of ways to keep the air you breathe healthy while adding pizazz.

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(Below) Hanging plants is another great way to add greenery and rid your indoor area of VOCs. We have everything you need to hang plants, including decorative holders.

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(Below) Plants on tabletops, windowsills, and other small areas can add a vibrant fresh look.

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(Below) Inside our store, you’ll find indoor plants, containers, kids gardening tools, gloves, and accessories, Talavera Pottery, watering cans, and other gardening accessories.

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(Below) We’ve added more Fox Farm organic products to our line. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts CJ, Miguel, or Steve how these products can help you have a thriving robust garden.

32331657875_3613ac921b_z(Below) Camellias are in bloom now so come on in to see which varieties you’d like to take home. Camellias can be planted in containers or in the ground. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Steve, CJ, or Miguel for assistance.

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(Below) Azaleas are also in bloom and go well with Camellias.

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(Below) Junipers and Podocarpus are among the excellent choices to plant in the ground or in containers to create privacy hedges or stately elegant looks.

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(Below) We also have a large selection of in-stock fountains in a range of sizes and styles.

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(Below) We’ve just received a delivery of cute chimineas and have all the accessories you need, including screens and firestarter.

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Winter Color in the Garden

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Primroses (above and below), Snapdragons (second photo below), Kalanchoe, Geraniums (third photo below), and other plants are available to add bursts of color to your winter garden.

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(Below) Winter vegetables are here! Look at these little Brussels Sprouts! Grow a garden at home this winter and eat homegrown vegetables right at your own dinner table. If you have kids, this is a great way to teach them all about healthy living!

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Things are going swimmingly at the garden center so stop in to see what’s new!

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Camellias, Japanese Maples, Azaleas, Winter Vegetables, Indoor Plants, and New Fox Farm Fertilizers

Happy New Year to you and yours! 2017 is definitely off to a beautiful start with gorgeous clear blue skies after 2016 gave us a nice amount of rain in December.

Did you watch the Rose Parade? Camellias (below) could be called our winter rose and indeed, this highly prized plant has been likened to a rose thanks to several of its flower forms.

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Camellia flowers come in single, semi-double, double, rose form, formal double, and other forms. Visit us today to see our great selection in a variety of sizes.

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Camellias can be found in placed like Descanso Gardens and the Huntington Library and Gardens. In fact, Descanso Gardens is home to North America’s largest camellia collection and has been designated an International Camellia Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society. Camellias at Descanso bloom from early autumn to spring, with the most dazzling floral display in winter, from January through February.

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Camellias make stunning hedges when in bloom and provide nice greenery when not.

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Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Steve, Miguel, or CJ to help you with your Camellia selections and planting. Their expertise will help you have a beautiful landscape and garden.

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Camellias can also be grown in containers. Ask Miguel, CJ, or Steve for planting advice. You’ll need the right soil and right-sized container.

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Japanese Maples work well in the garden with Camellias. Both need similar growing conditions and look stunning together. Japanese Gardens frequently have both plants in them for a tranquil zen effect. Our annual shipment of Monrovia-grown Japanese Maples are due to arrive soon.

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Create a woodsy feel this year. Visit us soon for ideas and talk to one of our Garden Design Experts CJ, Miguel, or Steve.

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Japanese Maples are known for their graceful foliage which come in greens and browns and change color seasonally. Brighten your winter with Japanese Maples, Camellias, and Azaleas.

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The bark of Japanese Maples also adds to their beauty and magic in the garden.

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Look for us to stock Coral Bark (first photo below), Bloodgood, and many other varieties of this timeless treasure.

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Japanese Maples can also be used in contemporary landscapes. Ask one of our Garden Design Experts Steve, Miguel, or CJ how.

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Japanese Maples add charm to the home garden. (Below) Japanese Maples set a graceful mood in a flower bed with blooming azaleas.

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You’ve come to know and love Fox Farms and we’re adding many of their water-soluble fertilizers so your gardens can be super healthy. For anyone planting in containers, Fox Farm Ocean Forest Potting Soil delivers amazing results.

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Winters are made brighter and healthier with fresh homegrown cool-season winter vegetables and indoor plants.

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Happy New Year! May your 2017 be beautiful, fun, and everything you wish it to be. See you at the garden center!

 

 

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.

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

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(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.

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(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.

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

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

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(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.

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(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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(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.

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

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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.

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(Below) Just one of our small indoor fountains.

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(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.

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(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?!

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

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(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!

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(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!

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(Below) Rain chains are a fun gift!

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(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.

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(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.

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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!

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

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(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.

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

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

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

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

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(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.

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(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!

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(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.

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

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

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

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

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

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

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

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(Below) Cyclamen are in.

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

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

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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

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(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.

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

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

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(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.

 

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(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.

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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!

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(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!

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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!

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(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.

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(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.

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See you at the garden center!