I think it was Denise who "introduced" me to this place. It not only includes plants for sale, but a small demo garden and a hike up a hillside trail. Dubbed the Wild Flower Hill Trail it wasn't really that during December, but that didn't bother me.
There were a considerable amount of people mingling about and shopping for plants, pretty amazing for December 26th. Looks like they were ready for a few more to show up.
Everything was very well organized.
Lyonothamnus floribundus subsp. aspleniifolius (Santa Cruz Ironwood), a favorite! Only $14 for a 1-gallon and $50 for a 5-gallon.
Or if a tall 4" pot is more to your liking, only $8.
This was a little surprising to see, then again maybe the L.A. area just doesn't have enough moisture for Equisetum hyemale to be an invasive nightmare.
Plants already in pots...
On the far right is Yucca schidigera ($12)
Agave deserti ($16/$50)
In the center (the cylinders) is Bergerocactus emoryi ($12) for the seriously spiky inclined...
Ah, Agave shawii, such a beautiful agave and at least in my experience pretty hard to find in a nursery. The big ones were $50, the small $16. I was momentarily tempted by the smaller ones, but they just don't have the teeth that make this species so gorgeous. Sadly it's not hardy in the Portland area and living in a container it wouldn't be easy to get it grown on to the look that makes this plant so special. I passed.
Oh, I like this cute green business.
Only hardy to 15F though. I include this sign as an example of just how wonderfully informative all their signage was.
There were several mature and downright sculptural arctostaphylos, unfortunately not labeled.
Dudleya brittonii ($12). Earlier in our trip, I saw a few of these growing out of a cliff-side in Ventura (a lunch outing on Christmas Eve).
Lyonothamnus floribundus subsp. aspleniifolius in all of it's bark peeling beauty.
Dendromecon harfordii, aka Channel Islands tree poppy
Another stunning arctostaphylos...
This one with white flowers. I hunted down a volunteer to ask if they knew the species. Nope. At least the people working that day didn't.
They had a vast array of different types for sale though. Here is Arctostaphylos 'Lester Rowntree'...
And Arctostaphylos silvicola 'Ghostly' ($12/$25).
Mahonia nevinii ($12/$35) is a bit ghostly too...
I don't know, they look ready for sale to me.
What a nice tidy space to work in.
I love the opuntia gathered around the base of this tree, it's a good look.
Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris
For years I mistakenly thought "organ pipe cactus" was actually "Oregon pipe cactus". I know, what can I say, I was young.
If I ever try another dudleya in my garden this is exactly how I'll plant it, almost sideways.
Lastly, I had to share this genius way of organizing their for-sale seeds.
I bet I have a few friends who fill a card catalog file like this no problem.
I have more from the Theodore Payne Foundation coming up... and you should visit if you're in the area, oh and they even have an online inventory of the plants available!
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