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Hen House, 20 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925) 962-1776.
Hank & Frank Bicycles, 3377 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette,
(925) 283-2453, www.hankandfrankbicycles.com.
Lafayette Car Wash and Detail, 3319 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 283-1190.
Barbara Llewellyn Catering and Event Planning, 434 25th St., Oakland, (510) 832-1967, www.barbarallewellyn.com.
Elegant Clutter, 702 Sycamore Valley Rd. W., Danville, (925) 837-1001, www.elegantclutter.com.
Independent Auto Repair
Shampooches, 3151-1 Crow Canyon Pl., San Ramon, (925) 806-0647, www.shampooches.us.
Most Enthusiastic Garden Advisor
→ When Garth Jacober met the interviewer for this article, his first words were, “What’s your name? Michaela? Ah, like the Michelia tree. Smells like bananas.” Luckily, it’s pretty well known that Jacober is obsessed with plants and plant information, so no offense was taken.
Jacober’s family moved from Oakland in 1965 to a house in Lafayette with a bigger yard, and Jacober says he thought he’d died and gone to heaven. His love of the outdoors only grew until the day he took a job at Harry Ide’s nursery in Lafayette.
Thirty-two years later, after stints at Magic Gardens in Berkeley and East Bay Regional Parks, to name a couple of his influences, Jacober, 54, owns the narrow strip of nursery that was once Harry’s. He renamed it Mt. Diablo Nursery & Garden, with the beautiful gift shop in the back called Harry’s House.
One thing’s for sure, Jacober is a single-minded guy.
Is offering advice a big part of your work?
I think that this whole nursery is about information. I don’t have the answer to everything, but I’ll sure try to find it for you.
How many questions do you answer each day?
I’d say it’s about 30 to 40.
Does your wife have any problem with the gaggle of garden ladies that surrounds you to ask your advice?
I don’t think we’ve had any issues so far.
So, what’s this about the Michelia tree smelling like bananas?
You got a minute? I’ll go look it up.
Mt. Diablo Nursery & Garden, 3295 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 283-3830, www.mtdiablonursery.com. —Michaela Jarvis