Green Thumb Community

Written by Marge Bitetti

How would you like to connect with others who share your love of gardening? The Green Thumb Nursery Facebook Community has 25,000 active members. The Green Thumb Online Community is a space where garden enthusiast can share garden tips, post beautiful photos of flowers and plants, and ask and get answers to specific garden questions.

The Green Thumb Nursery Family is an incredibly special group of neighbors and friends who love gardening and appreciate advice from top quality garden experts and fellow garden enthusiasts. Anyone can join the Green Thumb Nursery Gardener Share and discuss gardening topics with and share recent gardening projects you have completed, ask for plant suggestions, get gardening advice.

  1. The Green Thumb Nursery Gardener Share has a few easy-to-follow rules for the enjoyment of all participants in the online community.
  2. Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind is not allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender, or identity will not be tolerated.
  3. Please Ask Questions to Your Local Green Thumb’s Facebook Page (No Direct Store
    Questions in the group).
  4. The Garden Community asks that all question related to Green Thumb Nursery regarding plant availability, pricing, plant recommendations should be sent directly to local Green Thumb Nursery’s Facebook Page or phone the local Green Thumb Nursey with these specific questions. This group is for all five store locations’ customers so asking here is confusing.
  5. No Promotions or Spam
  6. Give more than you take to this group. Self-promotion, spam, and irrelevant links are not allowed.
  7. Keep it Gardener and Gardening Related
  8. Please keep content on-topic and relevant to our group members. Photos/Videos should be from your garden, if you find something creative that you would like to share, please specify that it is not from your garden.

The free to use online Green Thumb Garden Community is a place where garden lovers can share questions and answers, post photos and videos of their favorite flowers and plants and gardens and insects. The Green Thumb Nursery Facebook Community brings together garden lovers from various regions of Southern California who otherwise would not be able to communicate about their love of plants.

On one of the recent posts was a question posted for members of the Green Thumb Community to respond to, the question was, “What is one gardening tip or piece of advice that you have gotten that has helped you in the garden?”

Here are some of the random replies to this question:

  1. Be nice to your plants. Thank them for their beauty and benefits.
  2. Your garden is never finished. Enjoy its many changes, its abundance and do not worry about the
    little losses.
  3. Sit in different spots at different times of the day and evening. You will get a new perspective each time to see what is working or not and what is missing or needs to be moved. And most importantly, sit and enjoy it! Have lots of different seating options!
  4. Patrick is an amazing plant specialist at Green Thumb Nursery in Lake Forest, California. He recommends and uses Grow Power. I buy it in its granular form, and it is as amazing as he is. Go

One online contributor shared this post with the Green Thumb Garden Community.

Gardner /gar-de-ner/noun A person who tried to keep plants alive in and around their homes.

Gardeners are divided the following categories based on their level of expertise:
Novice Gardner: Someone who has not gardened long enough to kill one hundred plants.
Experienced Gardener: Someone who’s gardened long enough to kill one thousand plants.
Master Gardener: Someone who’s qualified to tell others how to kill ten thousand plants.

Members of the online Green Thumb Garden Community can also post photos of strange or unusual plants insects and animals and ask other members of the online community to share their knowledge and information regarding the name of the plants or insects.

One contributor recently posted a photo of a bush and asked for input from community members on what the bush might be called. Members of Green Thumb Community discussed the plant in the online community and decided that it was Madagascan Ocotillo through photos and online discussion in the Green Thumb online community the plant was able to be correctly identified. The Madagascan Ocotillo is a striking shrub; vertically upright gray stems are woody and thorny, with bright green oval leaves in lines along the stems; blooms infrequently with clusters of white flowers; it really stands out in the garden or borders; also great for rock gardens.

Madagascan Ocotillo is primarily valued in the landscape tall upright columns. It features subtle clusters of buttery yellow flowers held atop the branches from early summer to late fall. It has attractive light green deciduous foliage. The small succulent oval leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. The spiny bark and gray branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest. Madagascan Ocotillo is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its strikingly bold and coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced landscape composition. This is a relatively low maintenance shrub and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed.

A contributor recently posted a photo of a purple Adenium Red Skirt Desert Rose It is also known as Mock Azalea, Impala Lily or Sabi Star. The shrub is a striking succulent with interesting swollen stems and highly attractive red blooms with dark purple edges. The sap from this plant is highly toxic.

Red Skirt Desert Rose features showy clusters of red trumpet-shaped flowers with deep purple edges at the ends of the branches from early spring to early summer. It has green evergreen foliage. The glossy narrow leaves remain green throughout the winter.

This is a minimal maintenance shrub and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season’s flowers. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special Red Skirt Desert Rose will grow to be about five feet tall at maturity, with a spread of three feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of one foot from the ground, it grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions the plant will live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil and will often die in standing water. This variety is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, use caution when planting the Red Skirt Desert Rose around children and pets. Red Skirt Desert Rose makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers.

Green Thumb Nursery Facebook Community also get advanced notices about special events at all the Green Thumb locations such as a prior class where Randy Ritchie from Malibu Compost shared his 40 years of gardening, farming and landscaping experience using organic methods to create healthy soils and handle pests and plant disease. The online community was the first to learn about the recent Christmas Open House that was held at the Green Thumb Nursery – Canoga Park. Attendees were able to receive exclusive coupons to redeem at the event. At the nursery there was winter wonderland featuring over 10 decorated Christmas Trees, with Christmas photo opportunities for families.

There are many benefits to the Green Thumb Garden Community for the users. The power of a strong, supportive online gardening community, where people can discuss topics of interest, ask for advice, or share success stories and plant photos. The online discussions help the community members with practical tips and advice. It also provides a form of companionship in a safe online space where people who love gardening can openly discuss garden problems and share success stories with other like-minded people with the focus totally on plants, gardening, and nature.

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