Without trees to generate oxygen, humans would have to retrieve it from scuba tanks and the minty breath of local supermen. Keep the air alive with today’s Groupon to Tassajara Nursery in Danville. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of greenery. This option is valid only at the 2550 Camino Tassajara location.
- For $30, you get $60 worth of fountains and pottery. This option is valid both at the 2550 Camino Tassajara location and My Backyard.
Tessajara’s green-thumbed gardeners upgrade yards, patios, and homes with luscious plants from West Coast growers and vintage-style décor from around the world. Five-gallon tubs ($29.98–$69.98) grip teenage gardenia, azalea, and camellia bushes by the roots for lawn landscaping, and can be reused to store half of a ten-gallon hat. More that 200 varieties of flora crowd the vivacious greenhouse with their earthy aromas and colors, including 15-gallon shade trees ($99–$289) that can transform sun-baked terrain into shadowy respites. As an alternative to living purchases, graceful fountains ($200+) burble a soothing tune of rushing water, and pottery ($10+) hailing from as far away as China sports simple finishes or hand-painted patterns on terra cotta, ceramic, or really old play-doh.
In 2005, DanvilleExpress.com profiled Matt Akabane, whose family has run Tassajara Nursery for more than 30 years. At the time, he was preparing to appear on HGTV's Landscape Smart. On the show, he helped revitalize a dull patio with the flora of a French garden, a wine-barrel fountain, and a flagstone patio.
This creative approach to landscaping shines through at the family’s nursery, where a wide range of shrubs, trees, and tropical plants all jostle for attention, their leaves making a hushing sound in gentle breezes. Organic fertilizers keep grasses lush, and bonsai specialists can help clients select a new, tiny tree from several species available. They also give tips on how to trim the plant and encourage cookie-baking elves to colonize it.