Green thumbs mean many things, including the fact that someone is an avid gardener, semisuccessful finger painter, or actually just a gecko in need of a lift to the next truck stop. Add some color to your opposable digits with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of plants and landscaping gear at Laguna Nursery in Laguna Beach.
Laguna Nursery rounds out its selection of nursery-grown plants and outdoor art pieces with accouterments for gardening and landscaping endeavors from more than 45 countries. Art objects channeling 14th-century Asian sculpture and 16th-century Italian statuary wait to enliven garden beds and scare off crop-eating art critics. Staff horticulturists navigate rows of flourishing dahlias, vibrantly pigmented Kangaroo's paw, and fortitudinous succulents ($4–$16/gal.) to gussy up unadorned flower beds. Potting soil ($10) establishes a home for newly purchased flora and tillable land for the elves that inhabit them.
Some people are fated to travel down a particular career path. With a surname that literally means "flowers," horticulturalist Ruben Flores may be one of those people. The Laguna Nursery owner and award-winning landscape designer fills the nursery with flowers, fruit trees, herbs, vegetables, and succulents. He also gathers architectural artifacts, fountains, and sculptures from local and international artists to inspire gardeners to augment their green spaces with artistic accents.