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Edition 19.30 Yamagami's Garden Center The Endless Summer Issue
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
Featured Quote

Featured Quote:

"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world."

~ Ada Louise

Our Picks This Month

We've reached that time of summer when cold drinks are in hot demand, and regular pool days are mandatory. Here at the nursery, we're beating the heat with tropical trees, water plants, and a sunshine state of mind!

Stop by and say hi, and let us help you weather the heat in style...



Miss out on your first dose of aloha? Not to worry; we have another shipment of Plumeria on the way! Choose from an assortment of colors, and bring a touch of the islands to your own backyard.


Cousin to the Agave and native to Central America, the fragrance of Tuberose has been compared to both Gardenia and Jasmine, but possesses a unique magic all its own. Come smell for yourself, and prepare to fall in love!


The wait is over, and your fruit salads will never be the same! Below are a few varieties we're going "bananas" over:

'Musa Double Mahoi' - A dwarf plant that grows 5' - 7' tall; makes a great house or patio plant; can produce 2 large heads of fruit, sometimes 3; fruit is tasty and sweet.

'Dwarf Cavendish' - Fast-growing up to 6' to 8'; wonderful container plant; can produce as many as 90 medium-sized, thin-skinned yellow fruits.

'Little Prince' - Stout, short plant grows to about 3' tall; miniature ornamental banana, perfect for containers in bright interiors, patios, and gardens.

Water Plants:

Does your water garden need some freshening up? We have a new shipment of water plants arriving this week! Come browse our selection, and take your water garden game back to wow!

New Clearance Sections:

Check out our new Clearance sections for both plants and pottery, and snag outgoing stock at 50% off!

We have two Plant Clearance sections. The first is across from Natives, near the Grasses table and Annie's. The second is between Citrus and Fruit Trees. The Pottery Clearance section is to the right of Roses. Sale items are identified with a yellow mark.

O Christmas Tree!

Starting this August, pre-order your best Christmas tree ever from Yamagami's Garden Center! Pre-order by mid November, and we'll give you 10% off your tree. Noble and Douglas firs will both be available, so you can deck your halls in style!

Coming Events

Sunday, August 25th | One-Day SALE

This August, we're celebrating 71 years of serving the Bay Area with our annual birthday sale! Spin the wheel for a discount between 20% and 71% off your purchase!

Garden Center Scrapbook

Drop in and enjoy the Serpentine garden, say hi to our shop dog and check out the peaches, tomatoes and raspberries. We've got blooming jasmine, succulent flowers, canna, hibiscus and more!

Featured Recipe
Spanish Salmorejo

Give gazpacho a rest, and try its richer, creamier cousin instead! Salmorejo is super easy, super elegant, and super delicious, and is the perfect way to use up those ripening garden tomatoes. After all, there's only so much salsa you can eat...

Serves 4.


  • 8 Medium Tomatoes (the quality of the tomatoes is one of the most important factors in the taste)
  • 1 Medium Baguette
  • 1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (again, quality is important)
  • 1 Clove of Garlic (not too big)
  • A Splash of Sherry Vinegar (red wine vinegar can be substituted)
  • A Pinch of Salt
  • 2 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Sliced Serrano Ham (or Prosciutto)
  • Blender


  1. Put a large pot of salted water on the stove and bring to a boil.
  2. Cut a small cross in the bottom of each tomato.
  3. When the water is boiling add the tomatoes for 30-60 seconds.
  4. Remove immediately and place in a cold water bath (a bowl filled with ice and cold water). The skin will peel right off of the tomatoes.
  5. Cut out the cores of the tomatoes and add all the rest to your blender. Blend at high-speed for about 30 seconds until the tomatoes are broken down.
  6. Take all of the "guts" out of your baguette and add them to the blended tomatoes. The baguette should have given about 2-3 cups of guts and you can experiment with how much you add, as this is how you change the texture. I use about 2 cups of the bread guts.
  7. Let the bread soak in the tomato juice for about 5 minutes.
  8. Add the splash of vinegar, salt, and garlic and blend until the soup is an even texture and the bread is completely broken down.
  9. If your blender has it, open the small hole in the top. Slowly add the olive oil as you are blending at a moderate speed. If it doesn't have the hole, stop and go adding little by little.
  10. Add 1 hardboiled egg and blend until incorporated. Taste and adjust levels of salt, vinegar, garlic, and bread.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve cold, with diced hardboiled egg and sliced ham or prosciutto.
Perfect Pairing: Chilled Manzanilla Sherry.
Buen provecho!

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Rose Planting Mix
Especially formulated for all varieties of roses, flowers and blooming shrubs

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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Cupertino, CA 95014

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

Rose & Flower fert
Use for roses and flowers for the best blooms possible.

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.

Soil Building Compost
Great for breaking up hard clay soils to improve drainage.

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

Native Planting Mix
Ideal for CA natives and other water-wise plants.

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

Finally, the perfect soil for raised beds!

GBO Fruit Tree Fertilizer
Grow better tasting, more nutritious fruit, with more abundant crops.

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