Barrels and Branches Nursery branches out at Halloween
Even people who hate squash love pumpkins — or maybe it’s just the idea of pumpkins that they love. I personally don’t think of pumpkins when I think of squash — which is almost never anyway. It must be painful to be a squash farmer except at Halloween. But most SoCal nurseries have fun with pumpkins in the fall — like Barrels and Branches in Encinitas (www.barrelsandbranches.com). It’s amazing how so many fallish plants such as mums are of a like mind, blooming in oranges, reds and yellows, like pumpkins and gourds. Many succulents coöperate also, like “Sticks on Fire” a form of the succulent Euphorbia Tirucalli. Barrels and Branches is a full service nursery with lots of great plants, pots and gift items but they get very frisky with pumpkins at Halloween!
On the web:
Pumpkin patches to enjoy:
Ventura County: www.venturacountyrealestatetalk.com/2007/10/03/ventura-county-pumpkin-patches-corn-mazes-and-hay-rides/many locations to choose from.
Los Angeles County: http://www.shawnspumpkinpatch.com /has 2 locations, in Santa Monica and Culver City.
Orange County: Irvine Park Railroad /www.irvineparkrailroad.com/a really big venue with bike and boat rentals, hayrides, train rides, moon bounce and a lot more.
San Diego County: Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center www.batesnutfarm.biz /has hayrides, a maze, pony rides and more.
For more SoCal events: www.pacifichorticulture.org/calendar/soCal/