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Theodore Payne Native Garden Tour 2015

Potted is very excited to be one of the few locations selling tickets for the 2015 Annual Native Garden Tour organized by the Theodore Payne Foundation. And if you purchase the tickets through us or directly from the Theodore Payne store in person, you will also not incur any additional handling fees.

Born in England, Theodore Payne immigrated to the US just before the turn of the last century. A self described “seed man,” he found his way to the fertile valleys of Southern California where he began his life-long love affair with California native plants.

 

Old nursery on Los Feliz

Old nursery on Los Feliz Blvd. in Atwater

In fact, Theodore Payne and his wife, Alice, lived right here in Atwater Village and bought 10 acres next to the Franciscan Pottery factory on Los Feliz Blvd…the same street Potted is located on now. Alas, in 1941, Mr. Payne lost his property to the City of Los Angeles and was forced to rent from the Gladding McBean Company, who owned Franciscan. In 1960 the Theodore Payne Foundation was established to:

To promote, preserve and restore California landscapes, and habitats
To propagate and make available California native plants and wildflowers
To educate and acquire knowledge about California flora and natural history

But in 1963 they were evicted from the Los Feliz nursery and had to move. Today the foundation thrives in their Sun Valley location where they continue to propagate and showcase the beautiful native plants that Theodore Payne so loved.

 

Native Garden

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

To that end, each year the Foundation has an extensive garden tour to honor these beautiful plants and show Angelenos how they too can have a gorgeous garden using mainly native plants.

 

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

Here are some of the homes that will be featured on this year’s tour to wet your appetite for more (all photos curtesy of Theodore Payne Foundation).

 

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

The two day, self-guided tour takes you to 47 gardens over the March 20th and 21st weekend.

 

Native Garden on 2015 tour

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

And while it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get to that many gardens in the two days allotted…

 

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

You will definitely want to try to see as many as you can.

 

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

Here is one of my all-time favorite native plants, the California Flannel Bush (Fremontodendron californicum).

 

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

And I love these old springs used as garden art in this lovely garden.

 

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

And who says California Natives don’t have flowers?

 

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

 

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

 

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

Native Garden on 2015 Tour

Theodore Payne 2015 Annual Garden Tour

March 20-21st

Purchase by 2/28/15 for early bird discount ($25/member, $30/non)

Otherwise $30/member and $35/non. We have plenty of tickets at Potted for no additional surcharge or you can order them online from Theodore Payne Here for a nominal fee.

 

Making Macrame & Terrariums with Lux/Eros & Bollare Friends

Lux/Eros, the brainchild of artist and designer Desanka Fasiska, is a fully immersive experience in California Living, with a focus on creating beautiful spaces. Last month we were honored to be invited to the Lux/Lodge to help create an “experience” for some pretty fantastic fashion and design tastemakers through a co-sponsorship with the style firm, Bollare.

 

Lux Lodge

Lux Lodge

Participants of the afternoon event made a Macrame Hanger taught by Jo Abellera of Kkibo and a Sand Terrarium taught by yours truly!

 

All the goodies to make Macrame Hangers

All the goodies to make Macrame Hangers

We were excited to make the connection with Jo. Besides being a fellow Eastsider (she even lives in Atwater Village!), it turns out she’s the one who makes this amazing knit vest I’ve coveted ever since a customer wore it into the store. And she teaches people how to make Macrame Hangers. Plus she’s super nice. It was love at first meeting.

 

Terrarium Class Outside

Terrarium Class Outside the Lux Lodge

While Jo was inside teaching macrame, I was outside teaching people how to make terrariums. It was a gorgeous January day in Los Angeles and we were all feeling guilty that everyone else in the country was freezing (not really).

 

Sand Terrarium by Potted

Sand Terrarium by Potted

Normally we make our Sand Terrariums as dioramas like the one I brought to show everyone above, but since these hangers were meant to hang higher, I modified our normal Sand Terrarium Technique to make it more of a Sand Planter.  The difference is the planter has more plants and dirt and fills the pot up.

 

Doughnuts by Donut Snob

Doughnuts by Donut Snob

Of course there were also yummy treats. I didn’t know about Donut Snob before. Located in Echo Park (go Eastside!), they deliver the most amazing doughnuts I’ve ever had. You may regret knowing about this if you didn’t already.

 

Using succulents

Using succulents

People dove right in and started getting their hands dirty on the succulents we brought.  I loved seeing all those beautifully manicured hands with dirt under their nails.

 

Doing Macrame

Doing Macrame

Meanwhile Jo had part of the group getting started on their hangers. Macrame is not a quick process so people took breaks to come out and make their planters.

 

Alle Fister, CEO of Bollare

Alle Fister, CEO of Bollare

But everyone had fun. That is Jo on the right of Alle Fister who looks like she was having a blast as she began her hanger.

 

Desanka Making Her Terrarium

Desanka Making Her Terrarium

 

Tanya Brown of Bollare

Tanya Brown of Bollare

 

Natalie James, njinla.com

Natalie James, njinla.com

 

Jeanette Getrost, fashion illustrator

Jeanette Getrost, fashion illustrator

 

Kelsey Harper of Flower Girl Los Angeles

Kelsey Harper of Flower Girl Los Angeles

 

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And of course everyone was Instagramming like crazy. I love this brave new world.

 

Annette and Sydney of Potted

Annette and Sydney of Potted

 

In fact the day was so successful and we had so much fun that we decided we had to do it again. So, on Saturday March 14, 2015 we have invited Jo to Potted to teach her macrame technique to our wonderful customers.

 

Since it does take so long to make the hangers, we are not doing the terrarium part but we are including a 20% off coupon with your class so that you can come in either earlier that day or the next day and get whatever you want to make your planter…doesn’t have to be a terrarium. Could be a gorgeous planter. Or you could buy furniture. The 20% off applies to anything you want for the 14th & 15th…consider it your own private sale.

 

Macrame Hanger Class at Potted – March 14, 2015 – Sign up HERE

 

Sand Terrarium Class at Potted (in case you just want to try that) – February 28, 2015 – Sign up HERE

 

Sand Terrarium Instructions (in case you aren’t local and want to give it a try) – Find them HERE

 

We also sell a Sand Terrarium Kit – Find that HERE

 

Sunset’s “Small Space, Big Dreams” Includes Acapulco and Midge

In the October 2014 issue of Sunset Magazine, they showed their 5 different “Small Space, Big Dreams” gardens.  We were lucky enough to contribute a few of our Potted staples, the Acapulco Chair and the Midge Table, for the Desert Modern garden designed by Sunset editors, Johanna Silver and Lauren Hoang.  Here are the photos in case you missed the issue.

All photo credits Thomas J. Story.

Acapulco Chairs & Blue Midge Table

Acapulco Chairs & Blue Midge Table

The Palm Springs influenced garden was done to minimize water use.

Wider shot of garden.

Wider shot of garden.

Overhead view.

Overhead view.

The other side of the blue wall hosts a Heath Ceramic outdoor shower.

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The hanging chair in the background is from Anthropologie.

The Midge Table.

The Midge Table.

But of course we’re partial to our Midge.  Love the splash of blue in all that white…like a pool of water.

Let the Anniversary “Season” Begin!

Drum roll, please…it’s finished! The “gettin’ ready” part of our Anniversary Season is over (okay, maybe we haven’t quite finished the tile backsplash over the sink but we will, we promise.)  Mary did such an amazing job designing and managing this installation.  After 10 years, she was right; it was time.  Doesn’t it look pretty?

(note: all Photos by Bethany Nauert)

Loll furniture in new front corner.

Loll furniture in new front corner.

We started with opening up the wall between the front of the old store and the back storage/work area.  It almost doubled the size of the store.

 

Old Fermob Wall.

Old Fermob Wall.

This is what the wall looked like before we took it down.

 

Looking to the back of the store.

Looking to the back of the store.

And here’s what it looks like now!

 

Looking from the back to front.

Looking from the back to front.

Here’s the reverse angle.  It’s so bright now.

 

Hedge Planters and Heather Rosenman Birdhouses

Hedge Planters and Heather Rosenman Birdhouses

The pass we created is a great place to feature new hanging planters and birdhouses.

 

New Platform.

New Platform.

The raised platform is a perfect place to showcase new products.  Here we have a Fermob Sixties Set.

 

New Fermob Wall.

New Fermob Wall.

In fact a lot of the reason for doing the remodel was so we could finally become a Principal Partner with Fermob.  We so love this furniture line and now we finally have more room to show more product.

 

City Planters with Air Plants.

City Planters with Air Plants.

Another view on the platform of two City Planters.  This was a fun planting using woodland twigs and air plants.  Super easy.

 

Sign over register.

Sign over register.

We have a fancy new sign over the cash wrap (which has moved.)

 

Designer pots.

Designer pots.

The new grey wood walls are just beautiful to show off all our lovely designer planters.  Those Tentacle Planters are pretty crazy, aren’t they?

 

Glass Star Candle Holders.

Glass Star Candle Holders.

Having more space gives us room to showcase all sorts of new items.

 

Vintage Baby Bodies and Skull Planter.

Vintage Baby Bodies and Skull Planter.

In all the styles we love to show.  So excited the Skull Planters are now available in this gorgeous bronze.  And the Vintage Baby Bodies…not too many left!

 

Succulents in the yard.

Succulents in the yard.

We still have a wonderful selection of succulents and other drought tolerant, container-friendly plants.

 

Modern jewelry.

Modern jewelry.

Vintage trucks we often use for plantings featuring our ever growing selection of jewelry.

 

Personal accessories area.

Personal accessories area.

Butterfly Chairs in the new clothing and personal accessories area.

 

Woolly Pocket Wall.

Woolly Pocket Wall.

The only thing I added to the whole project was this Woolly Pocket installation.  I’ve been wanting to do one of these inside for a long time.  I love the light the new skylight adds to the room.

 

Being shot for the LA Times.

Being shot for the LA Times. Photo by Lisa Boone.

And here we are getting our pictures taken for the LA Times article that should be out this Saturday.  This was the coolest.  Our 15 minutes of fame.

So please come see the store for yourself.  We have lots of new things coming in for the holidays and we are excited and honored to be able to share them with you, our wonderful customers.

 

 

Hedge Outdoor-Wall & Hanging Planters with Style

It’s so nice to see something that is truly original.  When designer Cora Neil approached us with her new planter concept, we were blown away.  It had everything we love…hanging planters, wall planters and TONS OF COLOR!

 

 

Started as a project at Art Center College of Design, Cora always wanted to create a garden in any space.  And so began the Hedge Outdoor project and subsequent Kickstarter campaign.

 

Creating a Hedge Planter

Creating a Hedge Planter

 

Hedge planters are  shaped, welded, grinded, and powder-coated in the US (all in the Los Angeles-area, to be precise) by skilled craftspeople with decades of experience under their belts.

 

Mini Wall Pendants

Marion Wall Pendants

 

 

Hanging Gertrude and Beatrix Planters

Hanging Gertrude and Beatrix Planters in Fig

 

Cora’s designs spoke to so many people that she actually raised five times more money than she had projected on Kickstarter.  Way to go.

 

Matching Powder Coated Hardware come with every planter

Matching Powder Coated Hardware come with every planter

 

And it’s no wonder with her attention to detail. Each piece has all the necessary hardware provided…and it matches!

 

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The three colors she has chosen, Fig, Marigold and Tangelo work beautifully in unison.

 

Beatrix Planter in Marigold

Beatrix Planter in Marigold

 

Gertrude Planter in Tangelo

Gertrude Planter in Tangelo

 

And her sizing and graphics are compelling and wonderfully complimentary.

We are lucky at Potted to be the first retail store to carry these amazing planters.  We know that won’t last long so we’re going to enjoy it while it lasts.  Come on in to see them for yourself and if you can’t, you can also shop online here.  But hurry, we’re almost out.

(note: all photos shamelessly stolen from Hedge Outdoor’s Website)

 

 

Potted Is On The Move!

It’s hard to believe that at the end of this year, Potted will have been open for 10 years.  I guess the old saying, “Ignorance is bliss,” really does hold true.  Mary and I had absolutely no idea what we were doing or getting into when we purchased this old pottery store and might not have done it if we had.  But I guess it’s like having a kid, isn’t it?  If you really knew how much pain, sweat and tears raising a child takes, no sane person would ever do it…Boy am I glad I’ve never considered myself a sane person.

 

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Here is December 2004 (that’s my sister Susie waving in the background).  Then called Los Feliz Pottery & Statuary, the place was hardly a design destination.  Our landlord Andy Sliger (who finally passed at 96) and his wife Ruby ran the business for close to 60 years.   Andy was a very sweet and kind man, so much so that we didn’t even get upset when he made our husbands sign the lease too (because we were women) or when he made us redo our signatures because he said they were too messy.  Were we really going to explain to a then 92-year-old-man that we were capable women who could sign our own leases (messy or not)?  Learn to pick your battles, I say.

 

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Here we are looking from the front door to the back of the store.  It’s not even recognizable any more.  The door leading to the side yard wasn’t there and everything was just a big mess of inventory.  I think it took us almost a year to get rid of all the old things.

 

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This is the side yard.  I especially love the lions in the foreground.

 

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And here’s what it changed to circa 2006 (after we hand plastered & glazed the walls, put in a side door, ripped out the dropped ceiling, moved the cash register to the back and got rid of every plaster David we could find).  It was a lot of work, let me tell you.  And since that time the store has kept growing.  We came out of the recession stronger than ever and literally bulging at our seams.

 

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What our receiving area looks like when we get in our Spring pre-buy of Fermob.  You almost can’t move in the back.  And so…

 

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We have rented the medical building next door (and yes, that means we can use the parking lot now!)  But a medical building, you ask?

 

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Well the front room is really lovely and we are going to put our “offices” over here which means that marketing, website and landscape services will operate out of this very cool 60’s reception area (you can actually see through the marble wall on the right.)  We’re thinking of making those exam tables into desks but they are virtually impossible to move so perhaps we should rethink.  Anyone need three freakin’ heavy exam tables from the 40’s?

 

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Of course every Outdoor Living Store needs their own Laboratory (we really do, actually…how do you think we come up with our new designs?)

 

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And all the exam rooms will now be holding lots more inventory so maybe we will actually have the Fermob chair you want or the Loll table you’ve been coveting without having to wait for them to be ordered (but, you know, sometimes you will have to wait).

 

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What this means for the main store is we’re looking to open up this wall from the front to the back and add almost 400 sq. feet of showroom space.  And everything is going to get a facelift (except me and Mary.)

 

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Right now this is what the back looks like (though we’ve already started to take things out).  We’re adding a skylight and it’s going to be beautiful.  Hoping to be done by October and then we can really start the celebrating.  My daughter (because I was not sane and did have a child and Mary was even more insane and had two!) used to say she didn’t have a birthday, she had a “birthday season.”  And so we will enter the “birthday season” in December to celebrate 10 years of running this crazy, wonderful business we call Potted with different events and opportunities to celebrate and share our good fortune with you, our wonderful customers.

So stay tuned…