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Oooo our California Buffalograss makes an appearance in California Landscaping Magazine! A Santa Barbara company, Wilson Environmental Landscape Design, Inc. won an award for the best sustainable landscape installation and part of their install included our California Buffalograss purchased through our socal rep Florasource!

Daniel Wilson, president and founder says, “When we got there, there were about 30,000 square feet of sod.” They replaced about 25,000 square feet with buffalograss and converted about 5,000 square feet into a succulent garden. “I think we’ve cut the water use down on the lawn by 70 percent. It could be more.”

To read the full article click here! And to learn more about how you can save water or purchase California Buffalograss visit our website or contact us at 559-275-3844!

Buffalo grass & flagstone path

buffalo grass drought tolerant plants

Planting & Design

(images from Wilson Environmental Landscape Design, Inc.)

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As promised our very first how-to video is here for you all to see!!! In it, I’ll show you how to apply a turf colorant to your dormant California Buffalograss lawn!

It’s a tad cheesy, but what can you do? – it’s hard to give a demonstration and not sound a bit cheesy! 🙂

So watch our little clip here or go over to our brand spanking new Youtube channel and check it out (and you can even subscribe if you want, wink wink)!

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Road Trip!

A bit of non-grass info for y’all! Here’s a little peek into the other side of being a part of the nursery…

I’m back from my road trip to speak about marketing at the San Diego Flower & Plant Association’s Annual Growers Meeting. It was a great trip that ended up being a bit longer than I had planned on…

The meeting itself was great – buffet, drinks, raffle prizes, a brief tour of Thompson Rose where the meeting was being held – met new people, got to see some familiar faces…

The following day we were lucky enough to be given the grand tour of Olive Hill Greenhouses! Denise, her husband Will and the main man Tony, gave Darren and I a thorough walk through of their facilities – it was really interesting to see! Growing indoor plants was quite different from what we do as perennial propagators and even from what Darren’s family does as a grower. The 2.5 hour tour was the perfect way to top off our work trip! And all the beautiful plants we got to take with us (as many as the Mini could fit) didn’t hurt either!


Lots and lots of colorful bromeliads (amongst many other types of beauties)! Aren’t you so jealous!?

Their awesome living wall in their office. I think I want one too now!

One last stop before the trek back to Fresno…a quick pop-in at McCall’s Meat and Fish in Los Feliz to visit Darren’s brother at his meat shop to take a little something back home for dinner. With spicy lamb sausages and their house burger blend in our ice chest, we were finally off! – be sure to check it out if you’re the foodie sort!

…then halfway through the grapevine, my tire began to shred…

Long story short…we had to stay the night in Gorman, because it was too late to get anything done. All of the local shops were not set up to change tires on a Mini and also did not carry any tires that would have fit anyways (Mini’s don’t come with a spare – they ride on run-flats, but run-flats only work if your tire isn’t on the verge of disintegrating).

We hauled all our stuff into our hotel room, plants included, and had pizza delivered to the room – which I found through the clever advertising they placed next to the tv channels sign (menu on back with Holiday Inn Express discount too, clever indeed!)

Unloading our goodies…I think our hotel room was the nicest one that night!


We woke up bright and early to be towed to the nearest BMW dealership in Bakersfield so that they could change out the tire – then walked to a chorizo breakfast – then 4 hours later we were finally on our way back home.

It was a great trip – minus the tire scare/hassle – but it’s good to be home and in a car that’s driveable 🙂

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Whoa, Santa Barbara has a Water Hero!

Dennis Allen of Allen and Associates, has been named the City of Santa Barbara’s first Water Hero for his four unit condo development, Victoria Garden Mews, in downtown Santa Barbara. The residence will become a model for green residential building in southern California and may become the “greenest” residential development not only in the state of California but possibly the nation. And it’s also the place Dennis calls home!

For the full article click here!

Click on any image to visit the Victoria Garden Mews website!

That’s California Buffalograss in the front yard of this new eco-friendly Victorian!



(Images from the Victoria Garden Mews website)

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You may have visited our website, or checked out our blog, or maybe you’ve stopped by our facebook page or chatted with us on the phone…either way you probably haven’t had a chance to see us in person! So come with me and I’ll give you a quick tour of our humble little abode… 

The office, you’ll find me and my noisy dog in here…

The greenhouse

The “breezeway” – it connects the two halves of the greenhouse and is where packing and planting take place

Our dirt mixer – yes, we make our own dirt mix! – Goes in at the top on the far right, then trays are feed on the conveyor belt to be filled

Our planting station – finished trays move down the conveyor belt in the center of the table to be racked and moved into the greenhouse

Trays are labeled and barcoded for tracking

Then they’re moved into Greenhouse 4 where the conditions are carefully monitored so as not to stress the newly planted cuttings

Once trays have rooted, they’re moved across the way into Greenhouse 5 to harden up

Greenhouse 5

Automatic retracting shade nets and roofs allow the trays to be exposed to the elements so that they are ready for outside conditions when they move on to our customers

Automatic watering booms run across each bay of the greenhouse, watering the trays

 Once the trays are ready to be shipped, they’re fixed (trays are checked for bad or missing plugs and replaced with quality ones) and packed

And then OnTrac comes and picks everything up to be delivered!

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