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).
As part of its mission to cultivate Southern California’s native flora, the Theodore Payne Foundation encourages Californians to get acquainted with their rootsy neighbors during its introductory four-hour native-plant horticulture class. Horticulturalist Lili Singer reveals which area plants survive droughts and attract native birds and butterflies, and which ones are just Old Man Jasper from the abandoned amusement park wearing a ghost mask. She'll also clarify the concept of plant communities and give you tips on selecting plants for various types of gardens. By the end of the class, green thumbs and their attached humans will gain an introductory-level initiation into establishing new plantings as well as how to encourage plants' growth by pruning them, irrigating them, and attending their piano recitals. Graduates will be eligible for the foundation’s three-part course in native-plant garden design.
After 95 years of business, Crown City Hardware has established itself as a beacon of high-quality hardware goods, offering more than 100,000 items and cultivating professional relationships with more than 600 suppliers. Perusing the general department preps homeowners for everyday household projects with Gorilla Glue Super Glue ($3.69), paintbrushes ($0.39+), and WD-40 ($7.79). Meanwhile, the builders' section at the store's back counter houses a host of popular reproductions and exclusive restoration hardware, including solid forged brass handrail brackets ($33.99), which offers stair-climbers support and stability, and Jeffersonian rain gauges ($189.99), which can measure the rainfall in backyards or the number of tears you’ve cried since Firefly was cancelled.
Since 1937, Burkard Nurseries has beautified gardens throughout Southern California with a selection of chromatic flowers, robust shrubs, and the supplies to keep them healthy. Though the nursery originally specialized in hybrid flowers, it now defies specialty with a wide range of plants including citrus trees, exotic bulbs, and an extensive list of roses. Third-generation owner Frank Burkard, Jr. also offers professional landscaping for public spaces, private gardens, and deserts envious of the ocean floor’s mysterious reputation.
Though fresh cut flowers may only shine for a moment, The Flowerman has endured for much, much longer. Three generations of florists have served the flower shop, which has been filling area homes with blossoming color for more than 80 years. It’s these familial ties and deep roots within the community that have inspired readers of the Pasadena Weekly to recommend the flower shop in the 2011 Best of Pasadena poll. Specializing in weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and funerals, master designers create unique arrangements that are appropriate for each occasion. Customers can choose from the large collection of flowers organized by occasion, price, or the flower’s type, color, or ability to woo honeybees.