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: for $15, you get $30 worth of plants at Yerba Buena Nursery in Woodside.
Growing more than 600 species of California plants on-site, the five-acre Yerba Buena Nursery is a recreational haven for home gardeners. Available green things span the verdant spectrum, with a selection that includes shrubs, trees, and perennials. Splash frondy flair into a backyard with native 1-gallon ferns such as the fall sprouting western sword fern ($15) or add color with a monkeyflower ($15), known for its salmon-red flowers and insatiable taste for bananas. One-gallon perennials, including the crimson hummingbird sage ($15) proffer reliable transyear beauty, while 1-gallon trees, such as the california buckeye ($15), leave a leafy legacy upon any landscape.
Yerba Buena's sprawling grounds contain redwood trees, a historic barn, and monthly tea service served in a circa-1905 farmhouse. To showcase the ornamental capabilities of native botany, a 2.5-acre demonstration garden swells horticultural hearts with a wildflower meadow, winsome woodlands, and ample labeling of plants along the paths. The nursery also displays a series of helpful gardening articles, instructing plant huggers how to cultivate more authentic native gardens, or woo a handsome pharmacist with a listing of native medicinal plants. For driving directions to the nursery, patrons should refer to directions online instead of conventional mapping services, which may be confused by rural roadways.
Yerba Buena Nursery
Sprawled across 40 acres of coastal foothills flanked by majestic redwood trees, Yerba Buena Nursery’s prismatic fields brim with more than 600 species of flora native to California. Plants such as ferns, perennials, shrubs, and grasses dapple both the alfresco landscape and multiple greenhouses sprinkled throughout the grounds. Elsewhere on the lush acreage, mature plant specimens and natural wildlife line the paths crisscrossing a 2.5-acre demonstration garden, and an idyllic farmhouse dating back to 1905 shelters visitors for classes, events, and traditional tea services. The resident staff of gardening enthusiasts curates a seasonal stash of greenery for sale and can help to enhance patrons’ own yards or ant farms with astute, on-location garden consultations.