Why do Plants at Your Garden Nursery Look So Perfect! How to Mimic Similar Results at Home

with horticulturalist and certified nursery professional, Darlene Pickell

 Culver city Garden Club November 2022 meeting

Nurseries house some of the best-looking plants. They're often bigger, bolder, and brighter than some of our best-cared-for plants at home. What sort of plant-growing magic are the gardening wizards at your favorite local plant joints practicing? Why do Garden Nursery Plants Look So Perfect --- and how can you get the same results with your own plants?

From edibles to ornamentals and houseplants to trees, we once again welcome plant expert Darlene Pickell to discuss longtime-industry secrets and the not-so-secret knowledge on ingredients and techniques that will help you grow robust and verdant plants. Get the knowledge you need to grow happiness in your own garden. Learn from an expert who has been in the field for over thirty years.

Join us in the Garden Room at the Veterans Memorial Complex on November 1 at 7:00 PM.

Darlene is a horticulturist, botanist, nursery consultant and instructor. She's an Advanced California Certified Nursery Professional and ISA Certified Arborist (#WE-3769A). In 2015, she was honored with the UCLA Extension Award for Excellence in Instruction, Leadership, & Extraordinary Mentoring in their Continuing Education program. For nearly thirty-five years, she’s enjoyed sharing her expertise and passion for gardening with her students, gardening groups, and the community.

See you in the "Garden Room" at the Veterans Memorial Complex on Tues, November 1 at 7:00 PM!

Meeting: Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 7:00 PM | 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

Culver City Garden Club 2022 Fall Garden Hop

SAT, October 2022, 2022, 10:00 AM |


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About Our Garden Tour:   Saturday, October 22, 2022  

Join the Culver City Garden Club for a day of fun, hopping from one inspired garden to the next with friends! We have a brilliant mix of must-see gardens in from Culver City to Brentwood for your enjoyment. Come out and enjoy gardens infused with plants, colors textures and art. Get tons of ideas to inspire your imagination when nurturing and decorating your own garden. End the day in a lush Bali-style garden for - at a festive after party amongst friends!

Pick up a map with directions at 10:00 a.m. at the start location on tour day.

START ADDRESS: Stoneview Nature Center
WHEN: OCTOBER 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
PRICE: $10 non-members. Free to members and children under 12
CONTACT: (424) 404-2019 or garden@culvercitygardenclub.org

Stoneview Nature Center 60 min
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Explore this urban sanctuary with scenic views of the Los Angeles basin from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Hollywood Hills. We'll be right on time for a brief talk by Regional Park Superintendent Richard Smart on the history of the park and the seasonal changes happening with the plants and animals. Plus, meet, Stoneview ambassador, Jellybean, a rescued corn snake, who was abandoned by her previous owner in a stairwell of a housing complex.

Bob's Gardens 'Hobbit Houses' 30 min
  • 11:15 am - 11:45 pm

    Nestled between commercial buildings, lies a treasure and designated Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 624) the Lawrence and Martha Joseph Residence and Apartments aka -- the Hobbit Houses. Reminiscent of Lord of the Rings, these eclectic cottages in story-book style architecture are a marvel and feature a garden housing two large ponds with aquatic plants, a plethora of ferns, bromeliads, and other flora. You won't run into Frodo Baggins, but you'll meet Head Hobbit Bob, our host.

Teresa's Garden 45 min
  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

    An eclectic mix of fruit trees, including Hachiya persimmon (which are available to harvest), tangerine, kaffir lime, avocado, loquat, banana (currently flowering) await your visit in this CCGC member's garden. Find 4 kinds of grapes, 5 kinds of berries, lots of succulents and flowers and... wait for it -- Bugs and butterflies! There are lots of volunteer plants that keep coming back, changing the landscape seasonally. Harvest fruit to take with you and ... Take home some seeds!!

Larry's Garden 45 min
  • 12:40 pm - 1:10 pm

    Two postwar Del Rey rental houses on a single lot. Moving into the back unit in summer revealed how hot lots of concrete could be. Renting in LA offers opportunities and limitations. A spark of an idea was to introduce potted plants - lots of them. Over time, plant raffles, yard and estate sale things to repurpose evolved into two idiosyncratic home gardens.

Phil's Garden 45 min
  • 1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

    Take a walk down a garden path of bromeliads, hanging tilandsias and tropical foliage. Browse the eye-catching decor accenting the captivating greenery. This is a thought-provoking garden guaranteed to inspire.

Yvonne and Peter's Garden 2 hours
  • 2:10 pm - 4:10 pm

    End-of-Tour Garden Party in Balinese-influenced oasis! Join us in our final garden to explore and celebrate the end of our Garden Hop. Yvonne describes their garden as "small but full of plants" with no place for weeds. Every space, every crevice is planted "I feel it's like a small botanic garden. I’m very visual so I made sure that every plant has a special place." Peter calls this haven his morning retreat, while drinking his coffee, and an evening place for seeking tranquility.

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Past Garden Excursions

We’ve got a few photos from some of our previous garden adventures

We love our gardens! Equally so, we love visiting the gardens of other gardening enthusiasts. These adventures are the perfect gateways to ideas, tips and inspiration for our own gardens. Below are just a few examples of photos taken by some of our garden hoppers on past excursions.

The low maintenance, drought tolerant Variegated Century Plant defines this garden. Yellow stripes stretched along blue-green pointed leaves make it a visually stunning accent. After 8-10 years a large fast-growing flower stalk shoots out of it's center. It then dies but at it's base multiple pups emerge to replace the mother in a renewed cycle.
Agave Americana ‘Variegata’

Variegated Century Plant

The Blue agave plant was a standout in this garden. Yes, it serves as the base ingredient for tequila.
Agave Tequilana

Blue Agave or tequila Agave

Garden Tour 2013. Their was an art surprise around every corner in this garden
Garden Hop 2013

This whimsical garden left everyone smiling

Beautiful but stinky—the stapelia is a master trickster. In it's bid for pollination, the Stapelia masquerades as a delectable food source for blow flies, who love the odour of rotten flesh. The flies are unwittingly deceived into believing the flower is an ideal place to lay their eggs. The little maggots pay the ultimate price and starve. The flower like most desert blooms survives only 2-3 days.
Carrion (Stapelia variegata) flower

Renouwned for its foul smell

Garden Hop 2013. We're scheduled for a revisit of this garden in Spring 2023. New fun surprises await you. Don't miss it! Hint: Halloween is just around the corner.
Whimsical Notes

Mel's Garden

Blue Stick or Blue Finger succulents (Senecio mandraliscae). This succulent typically crawls along the ground creating a dense mat that can hide almost any sin. But isn't it even more dramatic and eye-catching climbing up a tree!
Reaching for the Palms

Blue Stick succulents (Senecio mandraliscae)


Generic Questions About This Event

Our tour and workshop are free to members and children under 12. Non-members are just $10 per persons.

Pay on the day of the tour at our first Garden (Mel's Garden till 10:45 AM ). Or, if you're late speak to our treasurer, Cynthia Jackson or our president and primary point of contact, Beverly at (213) 842-4468.

The Culver City Garden Club "Autumn Garden Tour" is primarily a self-guided garden tour including a pruning workshop and demo on creating a rain garden.

Pick up a tour packet with map and schedule on the day of the tour at our first garden 10333 Keswick Ave., Los Angeles 90064\

The tour lasts from 10:00 AM to 3:45 PM — Then, join us for even more fun at the "Tour After-Party" for food, drinks and socializing while enjoying a great hillside view of DTLA. Note; Time frames are assigned for each garden. Check your Tour Schedule and this site for any updates. We'll also email notifications of any adjustments to the schedule

You can park on the streets in the vicinity of the gardens.

Asolutely! We welcome kids at all of our events

According to the weather gurus, Saturday should be pleasant (around 72°). But, we still encourage everyone bring along water and ready snacks and to wear comfortable clothing and shoes and other weather protective gear


Garden Hop is FREE for members and children under 12. Non members pay $ 10.


  • Five inspirational and unique gardens
  • See some of our how local gardeners are using garden trends in their projects
  • Experts onboard to answer your gardening related questions
  • Tour discount for new member sign-ups (Not valid for renewals). Invite your gardening friends
Get Map at 1st Garden

Kids (Under 12)

  • Five inspirational and unique gardens
  • See some of our how local gardeners are using garden trends in their projects
  • Experts onboard to answer your gardening related questions
  • Tour discount for new member sign-ups (Not valid for renewals). Invite your gardening friends
Get Map at 1st Garden


  • Five inspirational and unique gardens
  • See some of our how local gardeners are using garden trends in their projects
  • Special Offer:
    Become a CCGC member and tour free ($15/yr)
  • Bring 3 paying guests and get a year's FREE membership (members only)
Pay on Day of Hop


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