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SoCal Tropical Garden Tour and Plant Sale

Posted by sanda (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 24, 07 at 19:33

I have recieved this invitation, and have asked if I can post this publicly. John Mendoza said "the more the merrier", so here it goes:

"I am pleased to invite you to our first ever TROPICAL VIBE GARDEN TOUR!!
SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2007 9:00 A.M. Sharp

Call 714.784.3228 for more information. The TV Garden Tour is a great opportunity to see what other tropical gardening enthusiasts have done with their piece of earth.

After the tour, I will be hosting a delicious and free fresh seafood and traditional hamburger B.B.Q. at the nursery. Our BBQ chef extraordinaire, John Limbocker, will be working the grill again! You will have an opportunity to meet new people, view inspirational tropical gardens, have a great lunch and receive 10% off of everything in our nursery! I have organized garden tours for the Palm Society of Southern California in past years but I am really excited about our tour because we will have the opportunity to walkthrough a couple of gardens never toured before.

All four gardens present great ideas and layouts for you to consider and appreciate. The plant and palm selections are all rare and beautiful. Clear your schedule because you do not want to miss this tour!

Heres the drill All of the gardens are in Huntington Beach and within one mile from each other. We will view each garden for approximately 45 minutes and you will have the opportunity to speak with each of the featured gardeners. You are on your own for transportation or
carpooling with others to the subsequent gardens follow-the-leader style.

Directions will be provided for those that fall behind. After the final destination, we will head to the nursery for a tasty lunch and great deals.
Since we will be at each garden for 45 minutes, please be on-time.

Dont forget to ask for your 10% discount card during the tour!! Several experts will be available to help you. We have tons of large and small palms and tropical plants waiting for you. Landscape design, landscape consultation, delivery and installation is available, too!

SEE YOU ON SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2007 We will be meeting at the first garden at 9:00 AM sharp and will be leaving the next garden at 9:45 AM. NOTE: We are not meeting at the nursery go straight to the address below! The John and Barbara Limbockers Garden 9911 Mammoth Dr, Huntington
Beach, CA 92646 For more info about the featured gardens, read below.

Happy Gardening! John Mendoza Landscape Designer, APLD Tropical Vibe Nursery 714.784.3228

The Limbockers have re-created Hawaii in their front yard (front yard tour only). Three and a half years ago, John and Barbara visited our nursery and went nuts buying at least 100 palms. They got the Palm bug in big way! Whats
unique about their approach is that they started with mostly liner sized palms under 12"-18" tall. This garden is a great example of what can happen when you diligently care for your garden. When you see their garden you will be impressed with the growth they have achieved with their
tropical plants and palms in such a sort period of time. They also used concrete in a very creative and unique way. No forms were during the pour and the concrete was stained to emulate the look of a lava flow.

The Wilds have a great middle-aged to mature palm garden that they have been developing for several years. I have enjoyed driving by their garden for several years and occasionally stopping by to catch up on their latest additions. You will have a chance to view large Dypsis and
Pritchardia as well as several species of stout Roystoneas, large Caryotas, seeding Hyophorbes and Howeas among others. It has been exciting to watch this garden grow and see the additions over the years. Gary also
owns a seemless rain gutter company. Be sure to notice his whimsical copper rain gutter design during our visit. Our last stop will be a double dose of pure tropical ecstasy!

The Boyers and the Youngs are next door neighbors with a common passion rare palms and tropical plants. Both homes feature extensive hardscape and lush softscape that will make you feel like you have been transported to a distant
tropical resort Years ago I conducted a tour of these gardens during a construction phase which really picked everyones interest. We will have the opportunity to see the Boyer's new zen outdoor/study room with a waterfall. All of the stones used for their planters and walkways were
brought home from many, many trips that involved driving through the desert literally thousands of stones!! The Youngs have added a long creek that runs the length of their large backyard and finally drops off into a pond. They also added several planters and increased the plant
population in the yard. Both gardens have a unique feel and will inspire many new ideas for your garden. This is going to be a great tour!
Dont miss it! We will be meeting at the Limbocker's garden at 9:00 AM sharp and will be leaving at 9:45 A.M. Directions for the subsequent gardens will be provided at the first garden."

Sooooooo...great tour, free lunch, plant discount...can't get any better than this!

P.S. I am not affiliated with Tropical Vibe, I am just passing this invitation along.

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RE: SoCal Tropical Garden Tour and Plant Sale

  • Posted by mikey SoCA-Z10-22/23 (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 27, 07 at 0:13

We plan to attend Sanda. Always looking for new ideas by looking at what others have done. Thanks - Mike

RE: SoCal Tropical Garden Tour and Plant Sale

  • Posted by sanda Uz10/Sz23 SoCal (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 30, 07 at 12:56

Bummer I had to miss it, last minute emergency...My daughter's pet hamster passed away...big commotion at the house.
Mike, did you go? Tell us about it...Could you post some pics?

RE: SoCal Tropical Garden Tour and Plant Sale

I went. It was fun. I'm not really in to palms, but there were a number of interesting palms. My favorites, (probably pretty common but what do I know), were the triangle palms, traveller's palm and Bismarkia.

This is the first house we went to:
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and one of his triangle palms:
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The foliage of this palm is located just above the man in the red shirt in the first pic.

The link to the rest of my pics is below, but I have a lot more to upload. It was tough conditions to photograph with the really bright sunlight and tropical shade beneath, not to mention my inexperience in photographing these plants/landscape. I really wish I would have taken more pictures from far away to show how everything played together, rather than focusing so much on individual nooks. I'll let you know when I get to them and provide more pics and details. The last two houses were extraordinary.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tropical Vibe Tour

RE: SoCal Tropical Garden Tour and Plant Sale

  • Posted by sanda Uz10/Sz23 SoCal (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 30, 07 at 15:12

Ooooooooooooooh, these are beautiful!! I wish I would have been there. Kind of puts my yard to shame. I definitely need more variety, time to do it all...and shade!!
Which ones were from the last 2 houses?


RE: SoCal Tropical Garden Tour and Plant Sale

All the pictures uploaded so far are from the first house except for the very first picture which was taken from the second house. Houses 3 and 4 are the last two houses.

this is the first pic from the second house.
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Please feel free to post any of my pics for discussion.

RE: SoCal Tropical Garden Tour and Plant Sale

Sanda, that was thoughtful of you to post my invitation here. I am sorry about the hamster - my son just put down his Argentine Horned Frog about a week ago...

The tour was good fun and we saw over 400 species of palm trees alone!! Over 1000 species of tropical plants were in the ground between the four gardens. I was unable to photograph the gardens since I was "running" the tour. I was expecting 10-20 people and was pleasantly surprised when about 75 people showed up. I had a great time meeting everyone and seeing old faces.

I had a few people assigned to take pictures so we should have plenty to post along with Mike's pictures. Some have already been posted on other boards but I will see what we can do to add the pics here, too.

John Mendoza
Landscape Designer

RE: SoCal Tropical Garden Tour and Plant Sale

OK, I uploaded the rest of the pics. Here is a rare palm from the second house.
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Here is the Bismarkia (nobilis?) and the first pic from the last two houses
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A Traveler's Palm closeup
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And one of my favorite vining plants, Thunbergia mysoriensis
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RE: SoCal Tropical Garden Tour and Plant Sale

Fine job with the pics.

The rare palm pictured below is a Dypsis albofarinosa which was probably purchased from me as Dypsis scottiana affinis. Since these palms matured we discovered they are a very rare species which has just barely come into cultivation on a limited basis. Great tree that did pretty well in the January freeze.

Does anyone know where Thunbergia mysoriensis can be purchased?

Your estimation is correct of the Bismarckia nobilis. It was actually flowering, making it one of the very first ones to flower in SoCal.

RE: SoCal Tropical Garden Tour and Plant Sale

Here is the flower from Bismarckia
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I got my Thunbergia mysorensis from Kartuz Exotics in Vista. They are currently sold out, but it does strike from cuttings.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kartuz

RE: SoCal Tropical Garden Tour and Plant Sale

  • Posted by sanda Uz10/Sz23 SoCal (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 6, 07 at 23:37

Are you doing this every year? If so, I really need to go next year!!! Will you post on this forum?

RE: SoCal Tropical Garden Tour and Plant Sale

Hi Sanda,

Yes, we have 2 tours planned for next year - late spring and late summer. I like to give the hosts plenty of time to recover from winter and let whether warm up a bit. The actual homes/locations are still undetermined but there are quite a few we are considering.

We still have a couple of fun events planned for this year. Sometime in late September we are planning to have a tropical arrt show at the nursery. Artisans of various mediums will be showing their works of art including scultures, oils on canvass, waterpaintings, etc. We are still open to more artists so feel free to pass the word along.

The dates/details for all the events will be sent out to everyone on our mail list (sign up at I will try to post the events and details here but if I get to busy with our landscape design work and nursery operations I might forget. Once the email is sent out please feel free to post the information - "the more the merrier!"


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I'd like to add your photos to the gourden tour gallery on our website.


Tropical Vibe

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