Recently I was made aware of the scope of services of the Master Gardeners. These folks are trained thru the University of California extensions across the state in all aspects of horticulture. They are charged with doing volunteer work when they graduate, amounting to 50 hours the first year after they complete the course, and 25 hours each year after. One of their more wonderful services is their hot line..they can answer all matter of questions. I recently contacted them on my poor dead lawn, and I’m in the process of sending them photos. I get lots of questions on my website that do not pertain to nurseries. Because I am horticulturally challenged, please, gentle readers, contact the Master Gardeners at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 626−586−1988 — you will be glad you did!
Sunset at Palisades Park in Santa Monica..a great place to see gorgeous mature trees and dream of planting one!
And I’m hoping you have the answers:
- From Paul: Where can I find the best selection of fuchsias in the L.A. area?
From Susan: I called the South Coast Fuchsia Society and found out the best time to buy fuchsias is in the Spring. They recommend Armstrong Garden Centers , a chain of nurseries in Southern California, for fuchsias (www.armstronggarden.com).
- From Mario (This is an interesting one): I have a 47 ft single outrigger sailing canoe which I am refurbishing. I am looking for black bamboo in the 6 – 8 inch diameter size for use as mast and booms. Any leads for such resource in the San Diego county area? Thanks.
From Susan: my first call would be to Ralph Evans of Botanical Partners/Bamboo Headquarters under San Diego Nurseries on my website.
- From Dana: does anybody know who sells California native and herbal plants? I am a student of the planetary herbology and would like to find those plants and basically plant them in my garden.
From Susan: You can try Theodore Payne Native Plants /Sun Valley under Los Angeles Nurseries on my website.
- From Patrick: I like to buy some dragon plant at a nursery near San Diego — I am willing to drive. Thank you.
Any answers would be so appreciated — just go to comments at the bottom of this page, type your answers, and I will transfer them to this page!
These pumpkin/succulent combinations were created last year by Laura Eubanks of Design for Serenity. I attended a workshop Laura taught and learned how easy it is to make these beautiful arrangements. They can last up to 9 months because the pumpkin is not cut. To find out how to make one google “lauras pumpkins” or enter the same on the right of my website, where the search box is. Either way you will get the tutorial. Laura is giving a workshop on Saturday, November 3 at Gardens by the Sea Nursery. Go to her website www.designforserenity.com to register.
I get many questions by phone and email for Socalnurseryplants.com. Many people from foreign countries want to know where they can get seeds for exotic plants (I’m no help there!). Others have practical concerns and can be referred to experts on bamboo, succulents and the like. Then there are questions like Sarah’s below, which is quite specific. I’m hoping my wonderful readers, gardeners and nursery professionals alike will be able to participate in my new Q and A feature:
I’m a graduate student at UC Irvine, and I’m seeking some advice on nurseries and plants in general. I live on campus and have an unenclosed patio space. I want to keep my neighbors off my patio for privacy reasons (since we are not allowed to put up fences), and I would like to get some plants to block my neighbors from coming into my space, as well. I have been considering getting some reasonably sized cacti, but I know that this would not give me all the privacy I want (since my plants have to be potted and wouldn’t get that large). My patio is 10 feet by 3 feet. Do you have any plant recommendations that would cover that space, provide privacy and help prevent people from coming onto a patio, be able to be potted, and are reasonably priced? I know that is probably a tall order to fill, but if you had any ideas of what to buy and where I could buy it, I’d sincerely appreciate it.
SoCalNurseryPlants is undergoing some revamping, which is why you haven’t seen new posts lately. You can look forward to a question and answer forum with an easy to use format. Next week I’m off to the Dahlia Show in Michigan and Niagara Falls.
A lot of nurseries (Potted in Los Angeles, Deep Roots Garden Center in Manhattan Beach, Jackalope Pottery in No. Hollywood, to name a few) are open on Labor Day and having sales. So check out your local nursery and support the fact that they are not out playing on a national holiday, but staying open for you!!!