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The Backyard Orchard Issue Yamagami's Garden Center February 26, 2020
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM
Featured Quote

Featured Quote:

"And still the earth is cold and white,
And mead and forest yet are bare;
But there's a something in the light
That says the germ of life is there"

~ Mrs. Jane [Goodwin] Austin, "February," c.1886

Our Picks This Month

Does the warming weather have you dreaming of fresh fruit? Us, too! We just received several exciting new fruit trees we think deserve a forever home in your yard. From a true dwarf Sour Cherry to the oldest known Apple on record, these spectacular varieties will take your home orchard to the next level!

'White Winter Pearmain' Apple -

This isn't your grandmother's Apple tree - it's more like your great-great-great-grandmother's Apple tree! First recorded in gardens as early as 1200 A.D., this tree has been thrilling gardeners for centuries.

The vigorous, heavy-bearing tree is an excellent pollinizer for other Apples. Its medium to large fruit has pale yellow skin with an ethereal red blush, and the cream colored flesh is fine grained, crisp, and aromatic with a rich sprightly flavor.

'Golden Amber' Apricot -

We love a good 'Blenheim' as much as the next nursery, but the 'Golden Amber' has been tugging at our heartstrings. Its prolonged flowering period means consistent fruit harvests, regardless of sudden changes in finicky spring weather. The pale orange fruit has excellent flavor, and is suitable to either canning or fresh eating.

'North Star' Cherry -

This fantastic sour cherry has so much to recommend it, we hardly know where to start. Its bright white flowers perk up the garden in early spring, and the tart fruit that follows is spectacular in pies or jellies. A true dwarf, it fits easily into most sunny spots in the yard, and the sturdy, vase-shaped tree is a beautiful focal point in any landscape.

Lots of Pots

Whether you're gardening indoors, on a patio, or scattering a few container specimens throughout your yard, pots are the cornerstone of a garden's style. Come browse our stunning selection of indoor and outdoor pots, and find something to add your own flair to your landscape!

Coming Events

Mar. 7, 11AM | All About Citrus Talk | FREE

Sit down and talk about all things Citrus with Nursery Pro Rose. Learn about soil, Citrus Planting 101, and how to select varieties to ensure year-round harvests.

Mar. 15, 11AM - 1PM | Citrus Tasting Event | FREE

Join our friends from Generation Growers for the Citrus tasting event of the year! Sample a wide variety of citrus, and let the experts help you decide which citrus tree will work best in your yard, and your life.

Mar. 21, 11AM | Veggie Class | FREE

Join Yamagami's Landscape Designer and Nursery Pro Hannah for tips & tricks on getting the most out of your summer vegetable garden.

Mar. 22, 11AM | Veggie Class | FREE

Sit down with Nursery Pro Grace for tips & tricks on getting the most out of your summer vegetable garden.

Mar. 28, 11AM | Veggie Class | FREE

Sit down with Nursery Pro Grace for tips & tricks on getting the most out of your summer vegetable garden.

Mar. 29, 11AM | Veggie Class | FREE

Sit down with Nursery Pro Grace for tips & tricks on getting the most out of your summer vegetable garden.

Apr. 12, 9AM - 2PM | Easter Sunday SALE

Celebrate spring with our annual Easter Sunday Sale! Pick an egg at checkout to receive 20% to 50% off your entire purchase.

Garden Center Scrapbook

Come and take a stroll around Yamagami's. We've got unique houseplants, cute pots, garden statuary, and lots of blooming plants. Have a quick online look then come in and see it all!

Featured Recipe:
Hungarian Braised Beef with Paprika (Pörkölt)

The coming spring means "stew season" is on its way out, but winter still has a few kicks left. Here's one epic, surprisingly simple recipe suitable for those random chilly evenings that take us by surprise this time of year.

Serves 6-8


  • 1/2 cup rendered pork lard or vegetable oil
  • 12 oz. oxtail, cut into 1-inch-rounds (have your butcher do this)
  • 2 1/2 lb. beef shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 large yellow onions, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1/4 cup Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 4 Hungarian wax peppers, stemmed, seeded, and thinly sliced crosswise*
  • 2 tomatoes, cored and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Sour cream and gherkins, for serving
*There is a hot pepper also labeled Hungarian wax pepper in many supermarkets; make sure you get the mild variety!

Large saucepan

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the lard over medium-high.
  2. Add the oxtails and cook, turning, until golden brown, about 6 minutes.
  3. Transfer the oxtails to a bowl and return the pan to the heat.
  4. Add the beef and cook, stirring, until brown and caramelized in spots, about 12 minutes.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to the bowl with the oxtails and return the pan to the heat.
  6. Add the onions to the pan and cook, stirring, until lightly caramelized, about 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in the garlic, cook for 2 minutes, then return the oxtails and beef to the pan along with the wine, paprika, peppers, and tomatoes.
  8. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and cook, covered, until the beef is tender and the sauce is reduced, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  9. Remove the pan from the heat and season with salt and pepper.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve with a dollop of sour cream and gherkins on the side.
Perfect Pairing: a light, warm red like Côtes du Rhône (French) or Zweigelt (Austrian)

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Ideal for CA natives and other water-wise plants.

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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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.

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

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

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

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

Finally, the perfect soil for raised beds!

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