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).
In 1927, rancher and conservationist Bixby Bryan set aside 200 acres of her family's ranch to showcase California plants sprouting from their native terrain. Eighty years later, wild lilacs and manzanitas thrive on Indian Hill Mesa, and the fertile land's northern 55 acres nourish spring-blooming flannel bushes and joshua trees. The garden strives to showcase native cultures as well, collaborating with members of the Tongva tribe to construct Tongva village. Skilled horticulturists empower visitors to use native plants in their own home gardens and get-rich-quick beanstalk schemes, with informative displays and frequent community education programs.
Located at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Grow Native Nursery helps to educate tender-footed gardeners and green thumbs alike. In addition to overseeing a huge selection of plants, the nursery’s resident experts lead clinics on the first Saturday of each month, answering questions about gardening, landscaping, and how to house-break a baby flower. The surrounding garden has provided greenery to the public for more than 30 years, emphasizing the importance of native botanicals, such as San Diego ambrosia, California lilacs, and prickly pears.
A working cattle ranch set on more than 350 acres of hilly terrain, Heaven's Ranch invites visitors to enjoy such equine entertainment as lessons and scenic rides through a vast network of trails. An experienced staff oversees operation of the facilities, including two large round pens and two outdoor training arenas. The 100'x100' and 100'x180' arenas give beginning and intermediate students plenty of space to learn at their own pace during lessons. Riding instructors Annee and Laura guide their classes through challenges, which aim to foster confidence and comfort. Instruction is tailored to riders' individual goals, whether they want to take a casual weekend ride or find a dramatic way to escort their date to prom.
Trainer Bobby Howard brings more than 40 years of experience to Foxcroft Farm, including 14 he spent as a professional jockey competing in races such as the Kentucky Derby. He distributes this equine knowledge during private and group lessons, as well as hunter- and jumper-training programs.
Though Bobby and the other Foxcroft Farm instructors teach students of all ages, they specialize in teaching young riders. Unique opportunities for kids include seasonal camps, where they can learn everything from grooming to reasons why horses simply aren't a viable replacement for the family minivan.
Edible Arrangements fresh, artful fruit baskets combine the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy deliciousness and socially acceptable edibility of fruit. The sweetener-free, preservative-free baskets are all handcrafted for each order, ensuring that deliveries arrive at the apex of freshness. Delve into the depths of fruity expression with Edible Arrangement's selection of singular gifts, such as the Little Special Expression ($24), the faux-floral vase of Simply Daisies ($52), or the boxed 30-some of decadent Fruit Truffles ($39). On a holiday or any day, an Edible Arrangement can turn a frown into an upright orange wedge, a tear into a three-tiered citrus structure, and a friend into still just a friend, but one with a sweet, balanced diet.