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Edition 16.02 Yamagami's Garden Center January 14, 2016
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM

Featured Quote:

"I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden."
~ Frances Hodgson Burnett


'Tis The Season
For Incredible Edibles

Wintertime means dormant fruits and vegetables are in plentiful supply.

Our paper-potted fruit trees have arrived, so we have specialty trees such as Multi-grafts and Espaliered Trees in stock.

Paper-potted fruit trees are bareroot trees that were potted so they could remain in their biodegradable pots until you and the weather are ready for planting.

We also offer fruit trees in containers - Jujubes, Pomegranates, and Persimmons, and others - that are best planted from containers and not from bareroot.

Other fruit, including Blueberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries, are available in liner pots as starter plants.

We also offer bareroot perennial vegetables, including Asparagus, Horseradish and Rhubarb, for winter planting.

Come to Yamagami's for the garden of eatin' you've always wanted.


We're Coming Up Roses!
The Yamagami's Difference

A dormant rose is a promise of a beautiful spring. We want to make sure your gardening efforts come up rosy, so we go that extra mile for you. It's the Yamagami's difference.

• When our dormant roses arrive, we open the plastic wrap on top to prevent diseases from thriving in that sealed environment.

• We carefully prune them for you so your roses' new growth is sturdy and in all the right places.

• Next, we seal the cut canes so that insects (cane borers) cannot enter through the wound and kill the cane.

• Lastly, we make sure the "bud union" is clear of mulch and can breathe. This prevents diseases from thriving at this critical junction.

We do all this to ensure healthy, vigorous growth. We promise you a rose garden! Come in to see our selection and know you'll be set for the sweet smell of success. It's the Yamagami's difference!


Five New Year's
Resolutions For Gardeners

A new year traditionally brings about resolutions, right? Gardeners are no exception in wishing for the better: better gardens, better planning, better harvests, better record-keeping, etc.

Here are five resolutions that we wish every gardener, no matter their level of expertise, will embrace in the new year:

1.  I will embrace nature and garden for the birds, the bees and the butterflies (and the bats too!). One of the most enjoyable benefits of having a garden is being able to enjoy the beautiful creatures who visit it. Plan your flowers and vegetables with that in mind, then sit back and enjoy the show! Planting a pollinator-friendly garden is good for the pollinators, good for the earth, good for your veggie garden and good for you!

2.  I will not blame myself for gardening failures. Mother Nature is not always your friend when it comes to gardening. We do not want you to despair if something doesn't work out! Simply try again and learn from experience.

3.  I will not be afraid to ask questions. How else can you learn? Take advantage of the experience of the staff at Yamagami's. We're always here to help!

4.  I will share my passion. Many of today's gardeners got their start by learning from someone else. Can you be a mentor? Will you be the reason your children value and serve homegrown vegetables to your grandchildren? Can you be the reason your neighbor plants window boxes for the first time?

5.  I will try something new. Yamagami's prides itself on watching out for the newest trends, the newest plants and also the latest heirlooms to become available. Follow us on Facebook and read our newsletter for the latest news.

Adapted from The National Garden Bureau


Ed Laivo,
Fruit Guru

We are so lucky to have Ed Laivo coming on Saturday, January 16th to talk on Winter Fruit Tree Care. He has extensive experience with deciduous fruit trees as well as Citrus. He pretty much wrote The Backyard Orchard Culture Guide and is the master of tree shaping by summer pruning, espaliering, and other techniques.

His "just do it" attitude is infectious! If you are interested in growing fruit, he's the man with the answers! He will be speaking at 10 AM and again at 2 PM. It's FREE, so get here early to get a seat. Bonus - each attendee gets a coupon for 20% OFF their purchases that day! Don't miss out.


Old-Fashioned Charm:
Scented Geraniums.

Just off the truck are four varieties of scented geraniums. These old-fashioned lovelies are prized for the fragrance of their foliage. Unlike their large, gaudy, Zonal Geranium cousins, the "scenteds" usually have smaller, tighter foliage and smaller, sweet-faced flowers resembling small Martha Washingtons, their closer cousins. Some offer variegated foliage, including the Variegated Mint Rose Scented Geranium now in stock. As the season progresses, we will receive more delicious scents. Come in to take a sniff!

Variegated Mint Rose
Scented Geranium


Coming Events

Saturday, January 16th at 10 AM and again at 2 PM

Winter Fruit Tree Care with Fruit Guru, Ed Laivo. He will cover pruning, training, dormant spraying, and general fruit tree care. Attendees will receive a coupon for 20% OFF their purchases that day! FREE

Sunday, January 17th at 11 AM

Winter Rose Care Classes with Lorena Gorsche. Learn about pruning, dormant spraying and general rose care. Attendees will receive a coupon for 20% OFF their purchases that day! FREE

Saturday, January 23rd at 10 AM

Winter Pruning/Garden Clean-up Classes. Alan Tagami covers what to prune and what not to prune in winter. He covers tools and techniques. Attendees will receive a coupon for 20% OFF their purchases that day! FREE

Sunday, January 24th at 2 PM

Beginning Bonsai Class with Chris Yamashita. $50 fee covers plant, pot, instruction and supplies needed to construct your own Juniper Bonsai to take home. Call us at 408.252.3347 to pay for your spot.

Saturday, February 6th at 10 AM

Pruning and Care of Fruit Trees with local fruit expert, Nancy Garrison. Her specialty is helping people to feel confident in pruning their own trees. FREE. Attendees will receive a coupon for 20% OFF their purchases that day!

Chinese New Year starts February 8th

We are entering the Year of the Monkey! We have a great selection of Kumquats and other Citrus for your celebration. We also have a good supply of other blooming plants.

Sunday, February 7th at 11 AM

Fairy Garden Class. $40 fee covers materials to create and take home your own garden. It's a fun experience to share with friends and family.

Sunday, February 14th at 11 AM, Saturday, February 20th at 10 AM, and Saturday, February 27th at 10 AM

Japanese Maple Pruning Class with Landscape Consultant, Alan Tagami. Learn how to bring out the beauty of your maple. FREE


March 16th - March 20th
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

It's a fun experience for the whole family, with gardens, classes and fun. Early tickets (through Feb. 28th) are $17.50. Buy your tickets here, and avoid the line at the show. Bring your ticket back after the show (no matter where you purchased it) and receive $20 off a $50 or larger purchase until April 3rd. Wow! Its like going for free!


Six Cheese Bowtie Pasta

How about some comfort food for these chilly winter nights?

What You'll Need:

  • 1 cup smoked Gouda cheese, grated
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 cup cream Havarti cheese, grated
  • 1 cup provolone cheese, grated
  • 1 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 12 ounce box of bow tie pasta

Step by Step:

  • In a large pot, bring eight cups of water to a boil, put pasta in boiling water, and bring back to a boil. After the water returns to a boil, turn off the burner, cover and let sit for 13 minutes. (This is a perfect, fool-proof recipe for perfect pasta every time! )
  • In a separate sauce pan, heat heavy cream and butter over low heat; gradually bring the heat up as the butter melts.
  • When the heat is at medium, add the cheddar, mozzarella, and cream Havarti cheese; whisk until smooth and creamy.
  • Drain pasta, DO NOT RINSE.
  • Put pasta back in the same pan used to cook it in, add in all the unmelted cheeses, stir, then add your sauce mixture; stir until completely smooth.
  • You can either serve right away, or put in the oven with bread or panko crumbs sprinkled on top, and bake for 10 minutes to give a nice crust.
Serves 4-6 people. For 2-3 people, cut the recipe in half.


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Finally, the perfect soil for raised beds!

Since 1948, Yamagami's Nursery has been committed to the promotion of beauty and the plants, products and friendly, professional support needed to attain and maintain that Beauty. In my parents' footsteps (and Taro Yamagami's before them), I promise to continue that tradition. I invite you to visit us in the nursery and on our website, for help in making your yard into a beautiful garden.
Thanks for visiting,

Preston Oka

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