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Nuccio's Nurseries known far and wide as king of the camellias
Nuccio's Nurseries known far and wide as king of the camellias

In the nether regions of the Altadena foothills, up an easily missed trail, it's not quite opening time at Nuccio's Nurseries. The metal gates are closed, but the parking lot is full of customers, members of a hobbyist group who were allowed to start their shopping early. They buzz about the grounds as deliberately as the bees, stopping, gazing, touching, murmuring. Whenever thoughts turn to camellias — for professional landscapers, public garden curators, hobbyists and knowledgeable amateur gardeners — the next thought is often Nuccio's. Since 1935, this Italian family has taken over a horticultural niche and made it their own on a bare hilltop purchased in 1946...

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