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Edition 19.06 Yamagami's Garden Center February 7, 2019
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM
Featured Quote

Featured Quote:

"Chill airs and wintry winds! my ear
Has grown familiar with your song;
I hear it in the opening year,
I listen, and it cheers me long."

~ Woods In Winter, Oliver Herford

Paper Is In!

Paper-potted fruit trees have arrived in the nursery!

This year, turn your dreams of a backyard orchard into reality. We have lots of different varieties of your favorite fruit trees - apples, pears, apricots, plums - so your garden is sure to be the envy of the neighborhood. Is your space limited? Grow an entire fruit salad on one tree with our multi-graft options.

Paper pulp pots are biodegradable, which means you can plant the entire pot in the ground- no hassle required! We recommend slicing an "X" on the bottom, and slicing vertically 4 sides of the pot to help the roots break through and into the soil. Plant with GBO Planting Mix to give them a strong start. When you see new growth in the spring, start fertilizing with GBO Fruit and Citrus Fertilizer.

Stop by now to check out our selection and get the pick of the crop. It’s time to jump-start your spring garden!

A Rose By Any Other Name...

Do you dream of roses? We do! Dormant roses have arrived in their biodegradable paper pots. Here at the nursery, we’ve pruned and sealed their canes so they are ready to plant! Slice the paper pots the same way you would the fruit trees to allow your roses to fully take root, then plant using GBO Rose and Flower Planting Mix.

If you have roses already in the ground, feed them with GBO Rose and Flower Fertilizer when new spring growth appears.

Come browse our selection of old and new favorites, and start planning your summer rose garden today!

Staff Favorites

'Chihuly' - ever-changing shades of vibrant yellow, orange, coral, and red; deep dark green leaves & mahogany-red new growth; larger flowers in cool conditions

'Anna's Promise' - elegant golden blossoms with a pink blush and glowing bronze reverse and a spicy, fruity fragrance; strong stems are perfect for bouquets

'Life Of The Party' - cuppy, old-fashioned yellow flowers with a pink blush keep their color until the petals drop; strong fruity fragrance; long-lasting clusters of medium-sized blossoms


A Few Fun Facts About Roses

  • All roses were originally wild.
  • The cultivation of roses most likely began in Asia around 5,000 years ago.
  • There are 100 species of roses, and approximately 13,000 identifiable varieties.
  • The rose is the most popular flower in the world.
  • The oldest known rose in the world grows on a wall of the Hildesheim Cathedral, a Catholic cathedral in Germany. It is a thousand years old.
  • During the Roman period, roses were grown extensively. Roman nobility established large public roses gardens in the south of Rome.
  • The Juliet rose is the most expensive rose ever developed. It took 15 years to develop, and cost approximately $4.37 million.
  • One of the oldest rose fossils dates back from 35 million years ago.
  • There are over 4,000 songs dedicated to roses.

Summer-Blooming Bulbs Are In...

...And Now Is The Time To Plant!

We have all your favorites: begonias, gladiolas, freesia, peonies, irises, and many more. Come by, browse our selection, and get planting! Then sit back while the winter rains water in your garden, and look forward to blue skies, balmy weather, and a yard full of flowers.

Plant A Winter Feast

Cold-weather veggies are here, and they look delicious! We've refreshed our selection with potatoes, garlic, and - for the first time ever - culinary ginger!

Stop by to check out your options, and plant a feast for your eyes and tastebuds.

Garden Like It's 1899 - With Terrariums

Wildly popular during Victorian times, terrariums have made a comeback in recent years. And why not? The idea of an entire ecosystem contained in a bottle or jar remains as charming today as it was a century ago.

Want to give terrariums a try? Here are some tips to get you started.

Terrarium Tips & Tricks

  1. Pick your container. Stray vases, canning jars, apothecary jars, candy dishes, cookie jars- almost anything can be repurposed for your terrarium. Want something a little more chic? Check out our selection of terrarium containers in our Gift Room.
  2. Select your plants. Look for ones that are compact, humidity-loving and low-light compatible. A few ideas include ferns, mosses, orchids, bromeliads, cacti, and succulents.
  3. Build in drainage. Use pebbles and charcoal for the base layer to encourage drainage. Always wear gloves when working with ingredients.
  4. Choose your soil. A light, humus-rich potting mix is a good bet.
  5. Plant. Firm the plants in when you plant them, just as you would in the garden bed, and water your terrarium very lightly after planting.
  6. Get creative. Mix textures, add small accent trinkets, play! Unleash your inner landscape architect.
  7. Close 'er up. Congratulations! You've created a biosphere. Now watch it kick into action.
  8. Place in indirect light. As with other houseplants, full sun can fry your terrarium.
  9. Give it some air. Not all the terrariums we carry are completely enclosed. If yours has a lid, open it every 10 days or so for half a day, then close it up again. If no condensation appears after closing, add a very small amount of water.

Don't want to go it alone? You can design, build, and plant your terrarium here at the nursery! Our potting bench is open to customers and located behind the Info Center.

A Heaven Of Houseplants

Ward off the winter doldrums with your own indoor jungle! Houseplants are a breath of fresh air to any space, both literally and figuratively. With so many to choose from, there's a plant out there for every location, lifestyle, and skill level.

Still a novice? Check out our FREE Houseplant Care Guide (available at or in-store), or speak to one of our Nursery Pros to troubleshoot.

Here are a few ideas to get you started...

Bright (Indirect)-Light

  • African Violet
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Creeping Fig
  • Orchids
  • Ivy


  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Bromeliad hybrids
  • Dracaena
  • Sansevieria/Snake Plant/Mother-In-Law's Tongue


  • African Violet
  • Tillandsia
  • Staghorn Fern
  • Boston Fern
  • Money Tree

Pick A Pot

When it comes to pottery, we have a wide variety of colors, sizes, textures, and materials. No matter what kind of houseplant you choose, we have a container to complement your style! Never potted a houseplant before? Pick a plant and a pot, and we can pot it for you.

Don't Wait 'Til Spring...

...Design Your Best Garden Now!

At Yamagami's, we're invested in every stage of your garden success- including the idea stage! We're fortunate to have two skilled, passionate landscape designers on staff, ready to help make your garden dreams a reality.

Hannah Soriano is a licensed landscape contractor with a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, emphasis on Agroecology. She also studied Landscape Design at Cabrillo College. Hannah is comfortable with all garden styles, and is particularly passionate about vegetable gardens, California native gardens, and water-wise gardens.

Like Hannah, Jeannie Mack is comfortable designing a wide range of gardens. She especially loves gardens that feature lush greenery, succulents, and ferns. Jeannie has an AS degree in Horticulture from Foothill College, with an emphasis on design.

Not limited to yards, Hannah and Jeannie also create resplendent container gardens. Their focus on plant-forward design sets them apart from others in their field. Both are continually delighted and inspired by Yamagami's extensive selection of unusual and difficult-to-obtain plants, and their enthusiasm shines through in each and every project.

Our talented designers are adept at bringing their clients' ideas to fruition. Let them help your garden stand apart from the rest!

Coming Events

February 10th at 11 AM:
Seed-Starting Class with Grace

March 23rd at 11 AM:
Veggie-Planting Class with Hannah

3 day forecast

3 day forecast


GBO Fruit Tree Fertilizer
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Since 1948, Yamagami's Garden Center 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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Rose Planting Mix
Especially formulated for all varieties of roses, flowers and blooming shrubs

Potting Soil
The perfect container mix. It drains well, yet retains just the right amount of moisture around tender roots.

Finally, the perfect soil for raised beds!

Vegetable fertilizer
Helps produce more abundant, better tasting and more nutritious vegetables.

Harvest Supreme
Improves a variety of soils for vegetable gardens or flower beds.

Planting Mix
Great for in-ground projects including planting, amending, mulching or seed cover.

Eden Vally
G&B Organics Eden Valley Blend Potting Soil with BiocharMax™. BiocharMax™ is a soft-wood biochar that provides soil, plant and environmental benefits.

Acid Planting Mix
Made especially for acid-loving, shade-dwelling plants.