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The Cactus Ranch feels secret, special even, because as far as nurseries go it’s relatively unknown. During the week, the property is a wholesale nursery business, closed to the public. But on weekends it’s open to anyone.

Most moms don’t want gifts for Mother’s Day. They want to spend time with you. Here’s how to celebrate the ultimate plant parent — by spending the day alongside her.

So you’re ready to go plant shopping in person. Here are some tips on being the kind of customer that everyone wants to see coming through the doors.

How a simple query on Buy Nothing, TikTok and Nextdoor fueled a DIY greenhouse during COVID-19 — and turned strangers across L.A. into friends.

May is a big month for activities outside. Here are 9 things plant lovers can actually go out and do this month, including moon bathing at the L.A. Arboretum.

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Meadow Carder-Vindel knows the healing effects of gardening firsthand. That’s why she opens her Mount Washington garden to others.

When Shawna Christian turned 50, she left her IT job and invested all her money in Tansy, a Burbank plant store. Then the pandemic hit.

Courtney Warwick amplifies people of color and fashion in the plant community. You may know her from her ‘I Rap to My Plants’ merch or photo series ‘Sneakers and Plants.’

Known as “Mallory With the Flowers’’ on Instagram, Mallory Browne has virtually documented her journey as a self-taught florist.

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Bird feeders are killing songbirds, due to a salmonella outbreak, but there are safer and better ways to attract birds to your garden space.

Native milkweed plants — the kind good for butterflies — are coming out of dormancy and starting to sprout, so be patient. Southern California gardeners should be able to buy narrow-leaf milkweed and perhaps a few other less-well-known native milkweeds starting in mid-April.

“El Pino,” a beloved East L.A. bunya tree, is generating controversy. Developer Art Gastelum says he won’t damage it. These organizers don’t trust him.

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