If a curiously spotted dome of tangerine orange and golden yellow rising over the wall of the nursery has recently arrested your eye as you approached East Avenue on Mariposa, then let us put your mind at rest. No, the Mothership hasn’t landed. The giant metal mushroom that has arrived on our grounds is a piece of California history. Read More
To our customers: Effective March 1, 2011, Magnolia Gift & Garden will no longer carry Bayer yard care products. Over the past decade, international research has accumulated extensive data to suggest that neonicotinoid pesticides are harmful to honeybees. Read More
If you ever visit Magnolia, and find co-owner Chris Hunter in a somewhat petulant mood, don’t take it personally. It just means the north wind has been blowing. Sited as we are on the outskirts of Chico, the nursery frequently takes the brunt of the incoming weather, and in particular, the monotonous weeks of driving wind that often attend Spring and Summer in the Northstate. Read More
- Do not plant in the heat of the day. Early morning or late evenings are best. If you do buy plants when its hot, put them in the shade for a day and drench the entire plant with water.
- Make sure the plant is acclimated to the climate and amount of sun you will give it. This is not the time of year to be testing the sun tolerance of plants grown in the shade.
- Do mulch. Using composted mulch around your new plantings to ensure that your plants will maintain moisture even during the hottest days.
- Plant in small groups. By planting in mass, plants can help each other out by shading each others roots, and protecting from dry winds.
- Water, water, water. Even drought tolerant plants are used to being watered everyday (sometimes twice) in the nursery. We encourage you to continue this practice through summer.