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A massive saguaro cactus towers over the entrance garden to California Cactus Center, shadowing a stone pathway surrounded by potted bromeliads with its sky-scraping height. The nursery deals exclusively in desert plants from around the world, stocking dozens of cacti species and other succulents and drought-happy botanical specimens. Inside the center, trays of tender succulents spread out over long tables as dangling strings of decorative rocks and glass sway gently above them. Dusted tones of lavender, sage, and scarlet-edged olive grace each leaf, and tillandsias—air plants that require no soil to live—sway gently within glass domes. Metal gates emblazoned with cacti lead to a section of clay and ceramic pottery, as well as decorations including brassy crescent moons and smiling suns. Outside, lily pads float in a peaceful pond as barrel cacti stretch their knobby heads from between agave plants, prickly pears, and prolific palm fronds. The nursery’s staff can guide patrons in any of their botanical pursuits, whether choosing the proper plants for their yard, maintaining their landscapes, or figuring out whether or not their saguaro actually likes wearing its sombrero.

216 S Rosemead Blvd
Pasadena,
CA
US

As a formerly overweight person himself, Dr. Garry K. Kim understands the challenge of shedding unwanted pounds. At Healthy for Life, he applies the same strategies?such as hunger management, nutritional guidance, and emotional support?that helped him achieve his current weight of 145 pounds. Knowing that each patient is unique, he assesses the causes of the weight gain before outlining a complete dietary plan that includes real food, metabolism-boosting B12 injections, and fat-burning lipotropic injections. Patients also have access to Healthwise, NutriMed, and Control Bar hunger-control snacks, as well as unlimited office visits.

950 S Arroyo Pkwy
Pasadena,
CA
US

Nestled amidst the Arroyo Seco and San Gabriel mountains, San Pascual Stables enchants visitors with natural beauty and an enthusiastic crew of trainers continuing a 34-year tradition of equine education. During an expertly guided horsemanship class, trainees learn the basics under the wing of a trainer well versed in hunter and jumper riding. After a series of three lessons, clients are likely to feel more at home on horseback, and can swiftly opt into future lessons, in which they can learn how to further care for their creature and how to properly parallel park it in front of a crowded saloon.

221 San Pasqual Ave
South Pasadena,
CA
US

With 15 years of experience, Prior's Chevron Auto Care's experts offer comprehensive auto-repair and car-care services in a clean and friendly facility. Using high-tech diagnostic equipment and an expertise of domestic and import vehicles, the practiced car tuners ensure gas-guzzlers are serviced properly. Treatments span the spectrum of jalopy-bettering services, ranging from engine and electrical-system work to providing towing services should cars break down or refuse to run until their owners upgrade their eight-track players.

621 E Lambert Rd
La Habra,
CA
US

With a verdant variety of shrubs, trees, roses, and vines, the friendly plantologists will help you wade through the veritable ocean of foliage. Beginning green-thumbers can take advantage of a jumbo planting kit, including ample plant food, vitamin B1, and planting compost—everything a person needs to lure an unsuspecting plant into captivity ($15.97 for the regular kit; $29.97 for the jumbo kit). Advanced yard-enhancements abound in the form of trees and shrubs, such as a selection of 5-gallon citrus trees, good for accenting a living space and forming a focal point for the worship of the Lemon Pledge gods ($34.99). Armstrong can also help organic gardeners reach full-flavored nirvana with a bevy of 3-inch plant varieties ($2.99; selections vary by season and location).

1340 S Harbor Blvd
La Habra,
CA
US

Landscape designer Tom Stout—featured on HGTV's Outer Spaces and Get Out, Way Out!—helps home landscapes spring to life through sustainable and eco-friendly methods. Tom will offer ideas to spruce up outdoor spaces during a 90-minute landscaping consultation, in which he looks for ways to capture each client's lifestyle and personality while integrating their collection of spitting-cherub fountains. After touring the grounds, Tom will discuss how to put yard, garden, pergola, and water-feature plans into action using bioswales and water-retention devices, as well as climate appropriate and drought resistant plant material. Click here to sift through a gallery of Tom's past projects, ranging from outdoor grilling areas to well-manicured replicas of the Garden of Eden.

12405 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US