West Valley Nurseries
Plant nurseries in West San Fernando Valley, CA
It seems that the people who would most love to access the gardening web — you and I — sometimes have the hardest time. Web fluency does not come naturally to those of us over a certain age. But that shouldn’t stop anybody…we are all teachable and it is so empowering to learn computer skills — I can attest to that. I have been told that the tablet type computers — such as the Ipad and Android — are easier and intuitive for emailing and web surfing. Apple is very good at teaching their customers how to use their products at free seminars at the Apple stores. Definitely worth looking into! Ironically, if you are reading this you are obviously on the internet already; maybe you could encourage somebody else? The following are favorite nursery websites, gardening websites and blogs:
Los Angeles/East Valley:
Los Angeles/West Valley
San Diego County
Cedros Gardens.….www.cedrosgardens.com (special native plant section)
Great Regional Nurseries:
Los Angeles/East Valley
Los Angeles/West Valley
San Diego County
www.blotanical.com.….garden blogs from all over the world
www.sunset.com.….includes Sunset Magazines “plant finder”
www.finegardening.com.….includes articles from the magazine
www.authenticprovence.com.….beautiful European garden accessories
www.floragrubb.com.….great ideas for containers and flower arrangements
www.gardenvisit.com.….gardens to visit from all over the world
www.backyardgardener.com/forums.….forums on every topic imaginable
www.dirtcouture.com.….catalog of handmade items
www.cal-IPC.org.….info on invasive plants
www.rareforms.com.….where food,art and gardening meet — great photos
www.rosalindcreasy.com.….edible landscaping — great photos
www.plantnative.org.….info on native planting
www.thewillowfarm.com.….everything willow including fencing
www.strawbalegardens.com.….how to make a straw bale garden
www.gardenconservancy.com.….source for info on Open Days garden tours
www.mastergardenerssandiego.com.….access to services
www.plantfinder.sunset.com.….Sunset Magazine plantfinder
www.monrovia.com.….search their plant catalog using specific criteria
(n.) Short for Web log, a blog is a Web page that serves as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual. Often updated daily, blogs may reflect the personality of the author. Blogs are different from websites as the content changes frequently based on when the writer publishes their post, or content. These are some of my favorite gardening blogs:
www.freshdirt.com (Sunset Magazine)
www.thegallopinggardener.blogspot.com (garden travel)
I would like to welcome a new advertiser to the website: Australian Native Plant Nursery. I was in Ojai last weekend and had to stop by; this nursery is a veritable smörgåsbord for plants lovers. I didn’t know much about Australian plants until I started my website, although I have always admired proteas and kangaroo paws. Owned by Australian horticulturist Jo O’Connell, the property is resplendent with “new and diverse plant material for drought prone areas” and dedicated to “hardy, drought tolerant, cut flower producing and bird attracting” plants. A great example would be the popular kangaroo paw, or Anigozanthos “Royal Cheer”, above. They are part of the 7% of earth’s life forms found on the vast and isolated continent of Australia.
Jo has a terrific website, with lots of photos and content. I asked her about shipping, never having been brave enough to order a plant online. The prices include shipping UPS in a sturdy box with the plant securely anchored and packed in peanuts. The following nurseries (all on my website) also carry her plants: Seaside Gardens (Ventura Nurseries) www.seaside-gardens.com; Ribbet Tree and Plant Nursery, (West Valley Nurseries) www.ribbettreeandplant.com; Village Nurseries (San Diego Nurseries) www.villagenurseries.com and Barrels and Branches Nursery,(San Diego Nurseries) www.barrelsandbranches.com. You can click on the ad on the top right of my website to go directly to Australianplants.com.
And yes, the plant is named for the kangaroo paw it resembles.….
On the web:
Master Gardener Hotline: gardening questions answered by trained volunteers Monday — Friday 9am — 3pm @ (858) 694‑2860 /www.mastergardenerssandiego.org
Also, to get gardening events, go to http://www.pacifichorticulture.org/calendar/ and click on Southern California.
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Sunday, March 27
If you go visit Alex, owner of Papaya Tree Nursery in Granada Hills, plan to be transported into his magical kingdom, aka his back yard! Nothing is as it seems in his realm; there is the mango tree with 7 different varieties grafted onto it, the banana cluster with the dove nest on top…not to be picked until the babies were gone…best bananas I ever had! He has special cherry trees that bear fruit in warm climates (very rare) and and caper berry trees for the purist who must pickle their own! Alex actually does a lot of business with chefs and cooks. He is an expert on grafting and pruning. He can also design a scented garden. All this knowledge and the nursery comes from his father, an engineer who started the enterprise 26 years ago. He is obviously a favorite with the California Rare Fruit Growers — LA chapter. And the SoCal Cherimoya Society. Oh, you never heard of them? What about the East Indian curry leaf tree.….….Oh, and you could have a nice little meal at his nursery, just sampling the fruit.
Papaya Tree Nursery (www.papayatreenursery.com) 12422 El Oro Way, Granada Hills, CA 91344 (818) 363‑3680 (always call first), 7 days a week, 8am to 6pm, accepts Visa and Mastercard.
Nursery geek — that would be me. I’m proud of it too –gave me the idea for SoCalNurseryPlants.com! Over the last year I’ve visited almost every nursery out of the 141 nurseries on my website. I plan to see them all. The list below is just for fun; feel free to contact me and add to it! Or you can add a comment that will be seen by thousands of readers.
In no particular order, nurseries that are the:
FYI: I’m very fortunate to be an attendee and a vendor at the Pacific Horticulture Symposium September 23 — 26 at the Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia, CA. Titled Gardening under the Mediterranean Skies VIII: Style and Whimsey in the Sustainable Garden, this symposium is packed with informative talks, workshops and garden tours. I will be sharing my experiences and photos in the coming weeks. There is still some last minute space; if you are interested contact Susi Torre-Bueno @ (760) 295‑2173 (after 9⁄21 reach her at (619) 977‑0584) or go to the website @ www.Pacifichorticulture.org/education-events.
Scrolling through the nursery websites on Socalnurseryplants.com, I have come across some terrific content in unexpected places that I would like to share. Always remember that nurseries often put coupons and sale notices on their websites. I’m dividing the sites into two sections; the first one follows:
To be continued.….….
On the web: Potted storewide sale; 9⁄10 — 9⁄19; 20% to 75% off; www.pottedstore.com