The 10 Best Nurseries in Los Angeles

The 10 Best Nurseries in Los Angeles

Laure Joliet
May 16, 2011

With the weather in LA going from hot to cool and drizzly, it's a great time to start a garden, or revamp the one you've been neglecting, so, I've rounded up some of my favorite nurseries in LA. Some have a huge selection, some have guidance, some are totally inspiring, but all will help you get your garden into gear.

• 1. Potted in Atwater is a great small scale nursery with mid century pots, woolly pockets, outdoor furniture and a potting station where they'll help you put a planting together--great selection of succulents! Plus right now they've got edibles in and can help you start a vegetable or herb garden.

• 2. Green Arrow Nursery: It's out of the way off the 405 in northridge but the selection and pricing can't be beat. Check the 4" pots section near the entrance for the best deals: think hard to find begonias, scented geraniums, one off plants, herbs, etc. The place is huge and has a huge section of fruit trees and a greenhouse full of indoor plants.

• 3. The Plant Stand is down in Costa Mesa but is a great spot to pick up gifts, plants and all the accoutrements you need to put together a whole garden, or just a container.

• 4. California Cactus Center just east of Pasadena is a mecca for cactus and succulents with a great selction of pots and decorative rocks. If you're looking for something unusual, this is the place.

• 5. Big Red Sun in Venice is inspiring as soon as you lay your eyes on it. Inside they have a nice selection of succulents and small plants, a boutique with readymade plantings, mid century inspired outdoor furniture and locally made gifts,etc. They also hold events in the space, so sign up for their mailing list to be included.

• 6. Rolling Greens has two locations: one on Beverly and one in Culver City. They have great terrarium building events and amazing gifts. Their displays are inspiring and though they don't carry a whole nursery's wort of plants, they make up for it in gardening books, thoughtfuly chosen plants and arrangements.

• 7. Worldwide Exotics is a hidden gem that is definitely out of the way but totally worth it. Great selection and a favorite among landscape designers and architects.

• 8. Marina Garden Center in Marina Del Rey is a huge nursery with trees, roses, small succulents, indoor plants, you name it, the selection is incredible. If you're on the westside, it's a great spot to stop in and find exactly what you're looing for. The prices can be a little on the pricier side but worth it for the convenience of not having to trek past sepulveda.

• 9. Hashimoto Nursery in little Santa Monica on Sawtelle has such carefully cared for plants and displays that I'm charmed every time. The Japanese nursery has a great selection of plants and tremendous knowledge of how to care for them. Plus it's close to great food and shopping.

• 10. Theodore Paine in Tujunga is dedicated to california's native plants. Run as a non profit, they offer classes in drought tolerant gardening along with propogating native plants and selling them in their nursery. It's gardening on a whole other level and always inspiring to meet people who are so passionate about california, being ater wise and the beauty of natives.

Images: Green Arrow Nursery: Laure Joliet, California Cactus Center: Beth Zeigler, Big Red Sun: Laure Joliet, The Plant Stand, Potted's Circle Pots Laure Joliet

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