The interior contains a wide range of gift and decorative items, as well as some very nice pottery designed especially to complement succulents.
|Among other things, items for sale included an Opuntia-shaped lamp, tiny succulents in tiny pots, and botanical pens|
|The room in the back was dedicated to pottery|
Small plants occupied benches in the space adjoining the pottery room but, behind the building, in what would once have been a backyard, there were larger plant specimens, including display tables with show-quality plants.
|My favorite plant was this Cochemiea setispinsus, shown on the left photographed from behind highlighted by the morning sun and on the right photographed from the front|
|My second favorite: Gymnocalycium tudae|
The nursery has two sweet dogs, both rescues.
|Elrey, on the left, came out to greet us wagging his tail when we arrived before settling back in his bed, and his female companion on the right followed us out to see us off|
I left with two pots.
|They're not yet planted but that situation won't last long|
As usual, I left behind a couple of plants out of concern with the impact their purchase would have had on my pocketbook.
|Boophane disticha on the left (I didn't even bother to check the price of that one) and Mammillaria pilcayensis on the right (which I was afraid to buy after having a similar specimen "melt" in last year's rain|
Our second stop was Green Thumb Nursery in Canoga Park. Part of a chain, the Canoga Park location, opened in 1946, was the first of Green Thumb's nurseries. Although I grew up only miles away, I've probably only visited this garden center a handful of times. (I don't come from a family of gardeners.) On my last visit several years ago, I thought the place looked sad and tired, at least by comparison to the vibrancy of Sperling, but it's perked up since. I understand they've hired several of Sperling's horticulturalists.
|Displays near the entrance of the outside area, where driftwood (from the Pacific Northwest no less!) was heavily featured|
Green Thumb carries a little bit of everything but I was particularly impressed by the quality of the succulents and the diverse selection of drought tolerant plants.
I didn't leave there empty-handed either.
Although, yet again, I left behind a plant I wish I hadn't...
|Rhodanthemum hosmariense 'Moondance'|
All material © 2012-2016 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party