Without trees to generate oxygen, humans would have to retrieve it from scuba tanks and the minty breath of local supermen. Keep the air alive with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of plants at Yerba Buena Nursery in Woodside.
Growing more than 600 species of California plants on-site, the five-acre Yerba Buena Nursery is a recreational haven for home gardeners. Available green things span the verdant spectrum, with a selection that includes shrubs, trees, and perennials. Splash frondy flair into a backyard with native 1-gallon ferns such as the fall sprouting western sword fern ($15) or add color with a monkeyflower ($15), known for its salmon-red flowers and insatiable taste for bananas. One-gallon perennials, including the crimson hummingbird sage ($15) proffer reliable transyear beauty, while 1-gallon trees, such as the california buckeye ($15), leave a leafy legacy upon any landscape.
Yerba Buena's sprawling grounds contain redwood trees, a historic barn, and monthly tea service served in a circa-1905 farmhouse. To showcase the ornamental capabilities of native botany, a 2.5-acre demonstration garden swells horticultural hearts with a wildflower meadow, winsome woodlands, and ample labeling of plants along the paths. The nursery also displays a series of helpful gardening articles, instructing plant huggers how to cultivate more authentic native gardens, or woo a handsome pharmacist with a listing of native medicinal plants. For driving directions to the nursery, patrons should refer to directions online instead of conventional mapping services, which may be confused by rural roadways.
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