Visit Livermore's Alden Lane Nursery
4. Wander around
The nursery’s displays are laid out in wide circular arcs perfect for browsing. Native plants, fruit trees (including multivariety trees, popular this year), and roses each have dedicated sections. Here, three kinds of petunias make a pretty display.
Momiji Nursery More than 200 varieties are grown at this family-owned nursery in Sonoma wine country. 2765 Stony Point Rd., Santa Rosa; momijinursery.com
Yerba Buena California Native Plant Nursery Find California native ferns, grapes, perennials, shrubs, trees, and more; demo garden. Closed Sun; 19500 Skyline Blvd., Woodside; yerbabuenanursery.com
Magic Gardens Nursery Go for the hard-to-find varieties, which include spiral aloes, mite-resistant fuchsias, and lots of salvias. Open Thu–Sat and by appointment; 729 Heinz Ave., Berkeley; magicgardens.com