1. How you know where to begin your projects?
and the other one with a plant with soft, arching stems that blow in the breeze. Getting all these combinations right on paper is not as simple as it may seem. After I have drawn my initial concept, I like to do an imaginary walk-through of the garden through each path and walkway to observe the views from specific vantage points, or look out windows of the house.
Tucked into the pines off of Highway 1, Cambria Nursery is a welcome and unexpected surprise. Rooted on four beautiful coastal acres, Cambria Nursery’s inviting aisles and unexpected nooks encourage visitors to explore the plant selection, attend a class in their outdoor amphitheater, or simply enjoy a picnic amidst the beautiful surroundings. Becki Smith, the nursery’s manager, says, “It’s not your average nursery; it’s more of a destination.”
Becki is a gardener not by accident, but more like by reluctance. “I made it as a nurse up to the point of interning at a hospital, but I couldn’t go through with it. I didn’t have a passion for it.” Passion is an essential ingredient to working with plants, she says, and it’s a love she inherited–grudgingly–from her folks. “My parents used to make us identify plants by their botanical names as we drove around town,” Becki says. Now she puts this knowledge and motivation to good use, maintaining the nursery’s appearance and eclectic selection.
Not only does Cambria Nursery boast an extensive number and variety of plants (plus a handful of charming outbuildings full of products and gifts from local artisans), but they also illustrate how the plants will grow in their naturally elegant demonstration gardens. When you visit, make sure you give yourself enough time to enjoy all the nursery has to offer. Pack a snack and enjoy a visit with the koi, or walk the meandering paths through established native trees and shrubs. Explore their website at www.cambrianursery.com or chat with them on Facebook at Cambria Nursery & Florist.Tags: cambria nursery, drought tolerant, ecological, Gardens by Gabriel, Landscape, landscaping, Organic, San Luis Obispo, succulent design, succulent garden
Why the switch? What’s different about Continuing Cultivation (and why the capital letters?)?
Over the past 6 years of Gardens by Gabriel’s leafy existence, the range and depth of our services has grown and improved. While we aimed in the beginning to offer a simple, qualified maintenance service for gardens we have installed and those already in existence, it’s come to our attention that what we now offer is a little different from many maintenance outfits.
What we have developed is a skilled approach to keeping the appearance and health of your landscape at its best, from the inside out. We focus our efforts on plant vitality, fine pruning, and irrigation tuning to keep your garden tidy, healthy, and robust. We are proactive about looking for pests, irrigation problems, and soil health issues that lead to poor plant performance. Our work is focused on meeting your preferences for how you like your garden kept. It is not our intention to compete with everyday maintenance services because we offer a style of garden care that, while it is in its own class, is for landscapes with a strong horticultural flair, or that are in the first two years of their lives. Our goal, as always, is to continue to earn your business with the outstanding work we do.
Our Continuing Cultivation program was launched in March of 2012. Our 4-person crew provides the following services for the landscape:
- Evaluate irrigation systems
- Prune and shape perennials, shrubs and grasses
- Weed and groom beds
- Control and prevent pests
- Maintain a general tidiness throughout the garden and walkways
- Manage water usage throughout the seasons
- Monitor and support plant health and vigor
- Fertilize annually with organic fertilizer
- Monitor mulch layer, soil health, etc to make suggestions for larger annual tune-ups
- Schedule larger, seasonal pruning projects
As Gardens by Gabriel is growing as a company, we are always looking to improve the quality of our work, our commitment to our customers, and the strength of our team. By differentiating ourselves from mow-blow-and-go maintenance services (services which we respect and rely on!), we hope to hone our skills as cultivators of the finest that gardening has to offer.