4700 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 455-2601; 5410 Sunrise Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 961-9100; 8423 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove; (916) 684-2100; www.capitalnursery.com
Sacramentans are positively crazy about their gardens—and about this family-owned nursery, which has been in business since 1936. The largest independent garden center in the Sacramento region, it offers everything from common plants (drought-tolerant California natives are a big seller) to unique and unusual plants and new plant varieties. Capital Nursery also carries plants from top growers such as Monrovia and Monterey Bay Nursery. In addition to its huge inventory, Capital Nursery is known for its knowledgeable, trained sales staff. (Many are California Certified Nursery Professionals.) The company’s landscape division offers custom design, installation and maintenance services. The nursery also broadcasts a live gardening radio talk show, “The Capital Nursery Garden Show,” every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. on KTKZ 1380 AM.