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 container plant varieties ($2.99; selections vary by season and location).
Every month at the Grow Native Nursery in the Veterans Garden, guests can mingle over a freshly brewed cup of worm tea, a nourishing concoction produced by the nursery's worm population. Thankfully, the green-thumbed staff members don’t prepare the unappetizing beverage for humans, but for thirsty plants, who voraciously soak up the liquid fertilizer’s nutrients when mixed with water. Worm Tea Sunday is but one example of many gatherings on the Grow Native Nursery's calendar. The staff also hosts workshops on topics ranging from basic horticulture to beekeeping. These events epitomize the thriving communal spirit at both the Claremont and Westwood locations, where plant experts eagerly field questions from visitors.
Day-to-day, they tend to a menagerie of flora, all of which is native to California. Poppies, lilacs, and sage grow alongside strawberries, which drink from ecofriendly water systems that aim to conserve resources in home gardens. The proceeds from the nurseries fund research and conservation efforts at their home base: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
Dr. John Kahen studied at UCLA and Ross University School of Medicine, where he learned the surgical and medical techniques he now uses to treat male pattern baldness. To suit individual needs, the team employs varied methodologies, such as follicular unit extraction, which transplants one unique snowflake of hair at a time, or hair-transplant surgery, which subtly relocates large swaths of hair. Medical hair-loss therapy impedes the conversion of testosterone to DHT, the hormone that causes male pattern baldness. Kahen and company treat both men and women, and their services can apply either to the scalp or to other body areas.
Specializing in rare and exotic plants, The Tropics delights fans of vegetation with a 20,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor jungle overrun with the tentacles of unusual plants snaking around pots and up tree trunks. Thousands of one-of-a-kind members of the kingdom Plantae, including interior plants, sprout within the 40-year-old garden, such as lush kentia palms ($50+), spindly rhapis palms ($50+), and a variety of leafy arrangements ($30+). The Tropics’ well-respected plantscapers cultivate shrubbery for various notable clients, from Disney and Universal Studios to the Oscars and Larry Bird's annual celebrity hedge maze race. The Tropics does not carry citrus, roses or other flowers, vines, or ground-cover plants.