My favourite nurseries in L.A.. Mind you they’re on the Valleys side of the hills not on the beach or west side.

My criteria for a great nursery. Plants that aren’t available at a chain nursery or box store. The plants are high quality. The staff is friendly and knowlegeable and let’s you alone if you want it. Lots of variety and stuff you can’t get at another nursery.

1. Sperling’s
I love this nursery. They have a great gift shop too. They have “vast tracks of land” with the added excitement of rattlers on a hot day. Lots of variety and lots of fun pots, fountains and garden statuary.

2. Burkard’s
Loved this nursery when I lived in Pasadena. Also the best herb and old rose selection of anywhere around.

3. San Gabriel Nursery
Another nursery with “vast tracts of land”. Their specialty is bonsai and lots and lots of seeds.

4. Steven’s but it just closed so they could build condos. I’m still upset.

5. La Crescenta Nursery
A nursery up in the foothills. The only one I know that carries a variety of helebores and lots of unusual plants.

6. The Armstrong’s in Pasadena. It’s more like when it was still called Rosedale’s and is big enough to carry a good variety. Plus it feels nice.

7. Green Thumb in Canoga Park
I became a big fan when they sponsored Pierce’s Hort program. Really good bulb selection and lots of variety and fun things to put in the yard.