#GatherWithRG: Spring 2017

Building a community and partnering with local creatives is something our whole team is super passionate about, so we couldn't have been more excited to join everyone together for a beautiful brunch over the weekend!

We first began with setting up our Beverly location by transforming our arrangement bar into an intimate space. Our friends at Sweetgreen catered a sustainably curated brunch as we kicked off the morning with a mimosa bar and sweets by Whisk & Whittle!

Obviously, a Spring event wouldn't be complete without fresh florals! As our friends arrived, we each created our own unique bouquet and began to mingle with everyone. It was great seeing familiar faces and meeting new amazing creatives.

We had such a wonderful morning celebrating with creativity and are already planning the next event! Thanks to all of our friends and partners for celebrating with us. To see more from our gatherings check out our hashtag #gatherwithrg on Instagram!

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Take Root: Farm to Table

If you haven’t heard, we've officially launched a new creative seminar series called #TakeRoot led by Rolling Greens co-owner, Greg Salmeri and our team! We kicked off our series with our first seminar being a Farm to Table: Urban Veggie + Herb Gardens class with brunch catered by Sweetgreen. Guests were able to learn all the aspects of how and when to grow + harvest their edible goods - especially with the perfect California weather!

Herb Harvesting Ideas:

  • Herb Salts
  • Herb Butter
  • Body Scrubs
  • Dried Herbs
  • Infused Oil
  • Pressed Artwork
  • Infused Vodka
  • Infused Ice Cubes
  • Home Decor

Fun Fact | Greg's favorites are mint, lavender and parsley, all of which are currently flourishing in his backyard.

Our next Take Root seminar will be held July 15th at our Culver City location. This seminar is all about learning how to choose the correct plants for your aesthetic and environment as well as the key components to selecting containers that work. You’ll learn all about desert-based plants that flourish in SoCal + even get to take home your own smaller version! Reserve your spot here!

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Getting Social with Rolling Greens
Photo by:  @erinnvstyle

Photo by:  @erinnvstyle

It may not be a secret but one of our favorite parts about social media is seeing Rolling Greens from your perspective. Today we're sharing a few of our favorite recent posts, and we hope they'll inspire you as much as they did us!

Photo by: @whitneyblucas

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Photo by: @drdeanie

Photo by: @drdeanie

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Photo by: @wmn_space

Thanks to all who have joined us and shared the RG love this month. Don't forget to share your photos @rollinggreens & tag them with #RGatHome!

Perfectly Cooked Poultry with Anya Fernald of Belcampo

Grilling season is almost here and we're excited to have been able to learn about all things chicken from the one and only Anya Fernald, CEO/Co-Founder of Belcampo

We had the pleasure of hosting an event with the Belcampo team at our nursery where we learned the difference between a Belcampo chicken and an ordinary market chicken. Can you tell the difference? Belcampo takes an old-fashioned approach to meat. They raise it on their own land, process it in their own facility, cut it by hand in their own butcher shops, and make sure every bite of meat you have is the best you've ever had! 

The perfect topping: Salsa Verde

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bunch Italian parsely
  • 1 small bunch of fresh basil
  • 4 anchovy sillets
  • 3/4 cups of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cups of capers
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

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Take Root
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It is with excitement that we bring you our new seminar series - Take Root! Lead by Co-Owner Greg Salmeri, this design-based series allows you to learn the tips and tools to managing and crafting your own garden and home Rolling Greens-style.

With Greg's guidance and the help of our specialists, you can have an intimate look into what inspires us every day. This weekend, Greg lead us in an Instagram takeover in which he introduced the series, discussed his plant favorites, his garden abode in Laguna, and how finding beauty in unexpected places shapes the lifestyle + brand of Rolling Greens.

This year we will be offering four seminars with brunch catered by our friends SWEETGREEN - a wonderful destination for seasonal, simple and healthy food. Each seminar will be uniquely different and will reflect upon the seasons, holidays and culture in which we live. The seminars will not only be informational, with demos by Greg and exclusive Q&As with our plant specialists, but they will also allow you to take a piece of what you have learned with you, whether that be your own mini potted plant, arrangement, or tools.

Our first seminar - Farm to Table: Urban Veggie Gardens - will be on March 12 at our Los Angeles location and will feature how to grow an herb + veggie garden in your own home and will cover topics such as what to plant and where to plant your garden!

For those of you interested in participating in multiple seminars, we will be offering a special bundle package to help you save - 4 seminars for $300! We can't wait to have you share in our new exciting developments and we hope to see you there!

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Learn + Grow Darling Duo Workshop

On Sunday, February 12, we brought Valentine's Day to Rolling Greens with our learn + grow Darling Duo Workshop. Mothers and their daughters, friends, couples and plant-lovers arrived at our LA location, ready to take on the day. Our special guests and hosts included Jaclyn Johnson, founder of online entrepreneurial platform Create & Cultivate, and her fiancé David. 

Our wonderful amenities from our event included refreshing drinks from our sponsor, Caliwater, originators of the prickly pear cactus-based beverage, sweet, colorful treats from bakeshop Sweet & Divine by Emmaline and a mini mani bar provided by Can Can Parleur, an organic boutique spa.

Our mission was to bring our participants together while educating them on the basics of planting their own succulent arrangements. Lead by our crafty Arrangement Bar Baristas, the workshop included one container, two 4" and 3" succulents, tools, soil, gravel and a topper. Those that arrived individually received one container while couples were able to take home a matching duo of arrangements to display side-by-side.

Participants were first instructed to place soil at the bottom of their containers in preparation for adding in the succulents. Each succulent was to be removed from its original pot, and roots cleaned of excess soil. The succulents were then planted into the soil, one by one, and topped with gravel and moss. The gravel and moss both held the succulents in place and doubled as unique, modern decorative elements. When necessary, miniature wire clippings were used to hold the moss in place, and tools such as metal clippers were used to remove any dead leaves or excess root material from the arrangements. Lastly, any leftover debris on the arrangements was carefully removed with compressed air and brushes.

Our guests left with their hearts, bellies and arrangements full. Brimming with fresh succulents, no arrangement was entirely alike with so many different varieties to choose from. It was a pleasure inviting our participants to our space, where they could celebrate their love and creativity, make new friends, and explore their passion for crafting and gardening. We look forward to having you join our next workshop - stay tuned for our March announcement!

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Valentine's Day Gifting

This year at our Los Angeles location we are offering a plethora of Valentine's Day gifting options including fresh flower bouquets, grab-n-go arrangements from the Arrangement Bar and more! Whether you are searching for the perfect way to share your love with your special someone or simply treating yourself, our unique selection will bring convenience, brightness and taste to your memorable holiday experience.

FRESH FLOWERS

Our gorgeous, hand-crafted fresh flower bouquets come in a variety of sizes and styles - from small-large - in hand-tied bundles or fitted within our signature vases. The components of these bouquets include a base, made with decorative plants such as Tree Ferns or Achacea Tree Blossoms, and the focal flower elements, of which you would find Proteas, Spray Roses, Ranunculus Flowers and Anemones. These eye-catching, bright and aromatic flowers are interspersed among the base layer until a full bouquet is completed. The base elements really allow each bouquet to develop its fullness, as they are layered delicately upon one another by our expert Baristas. Because each bouquet is handmade, no two fresh flower arrangements at Rolling Greens are alike. It is with this personal touch that we are able to share our own love for plants and crafting in the garden and home with you and the people you love.

SIMPLE PLEASURES

Our Valentine's Day themed cards from stationary and lifestyle brand Rifle Paper Co. add a particularly sweet and handwritten touch to any gifting selection. These die-cut flat notes include a colorful, calligraphic illustration on the front of the card, with plenty of room to write on the back. Additionally, these cards can be repurposed as stand-alone art pieces to be placed decoratively throughout your home, even after the holiday is over!

GRAB-N-GO ARRANGEMENTS

Our readymade cacti and succulent arrangements provide a long-lasting and stylish alternative to fresh flowers. Paired with our bright, pastel containers, they highlight the essence and colors of spring and present beautifully as a collection when staged together. Our featured Hoya Kerri plant, also known as the Sweetheart or Valentine plant, is distinguished by its thick, succulent-like leaves that are shaped like hearts. The Hoya speaks where words fail - it is beautiful in its simplicity and a unique find that is guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings!

Ask any of our Baristas at our Los Angeles location about our fresh flowers and arrangements and find your perfect match today. It is with great excitement that we bring you our Valentine's Day gifting options and we look forward to spreading the love from our Rolling Greens family to yours! 

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Roses: The Edible Gift

Roses are red, violets are blue…you can have your bouquet, and eat it too! This Valentine’s Day surprise your loved one with an aromatic treat prepared with roses, because nothing is more romantic than a dinner cooked from the heart, or perhaps.. from their repurposed gift!

Here at Rolling Greens we have been recently very inspired by the ways in which we could use greens, flowers and spices in cooking, baking and mixology! We believe that our gorgeous blooms don’t just help make your garden a home - they make your kitchen a home too! And so, today we are featuring one of our current favorite cookbooks, Dandelion & Quince, to share all the ways in which you can use roses for your culinary needs!

ABOUT DANDELION & QUINCE

As described so eloquently by author Michelle McKenzie, this book pays homage to the things not so commonly found in your fridge or spice rack:

"Strolling through your local farmers' market or grocery store, you're familiar with the standard produce--the autumn kale and heirloom apples, the eagerly awaited peaches and tomatoes of high summer--and you know how to make the most of them. But what about the nettles, kumquats, green garlic, and quince? For those of you with a curious palate there is a world of beautifully simple yet overlooked ingredients to be discovered and enjoyed. Think Farro with Persimmons, Arugula, and Pancetta-Fried Hazelnuts; Chicken Thighs Braised with Fig Leaves. Dandelion & Quince is a lavishly illustrated cookbook and field guide for bringing the diversity of edible plant life into your kitchen and onto your plate."

This brings us to... our wonderful rose recipes!

THE ROSES YOU NEED

- Seasons: Spring and summer are the seasons to seek fresh roses.

- Year-Round Buys: Dried petals can be purchased year-round from specialty markets, tea shops, and online.

- Types: Choose unsprayed and fragrant blooms.

- Care: Keep the flowers in a vase of water, and pull the petals as needed.

HOW TO USE THEM

- Teas: Add fresh or dried petals to herbal tea or combine them with black tea leaves.

- Dip: Make a classic Middle Eastern dip - Combine plain sheep's milk yogurt with minced garlic, a pinch of dried mint, finely chopped Persian cucumber, soaked currants, and salt; garnish with olive oil, more currants, dried mint, and dried rose petals.

- Spice: Make Almond Picada, but add soaked, dried rose petals and chile; serve with grilled lamb and/or vegetables.

- Dough: Finely crush the petals and add to pastry or shortbread dough; the addition is especially welcome in maamoul, a Middle Eastern cookie stuffed with pureed dates.

- Sweets: Steep petals in warm heavy cream, then strain. The rose cream can be used for ganache, truffles, anna cotta, and creme brûlée. 

- Syrup: Steep petals in simple syrup, then strain. The rose syrup can be used to make sorbets (especially good with strawberry, rhubarb, or raspberry), lemonade, and poached fruit.

FEATURED RECIPE: BLACKBERRY, RYE + ROSE CAKE

Ingredients (Makes 8 Servings)

- 7 ounces unsalted butter at room temperature, plus more for greasing the pan
- 2 tablespoons dried rose petals
- About one cup (8 ounces) granulated sugar
- About 1 1/2 cups (10 ounces) blackberries
-  6 large eggs
- 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) almond flour
- 3/4 cup (4 ounces) rye flour
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 batch Whipped Creme Fraiche

Steps

1) Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper; butter it liberally. For cakes that have thick batters, the easiest way to line a springform pan is take a square of parchment and lay it across the base of the separated pan. Simply clasp the springform round on top (there will be an overhang, and that's fine). This method ensures that you can spread the batter evenly across the base of the pan without a circle of parchment moving around.

2) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Crush the rose petals with 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar using a mortar and pestle. Toss the blackberries with 2 tablespoons of the rose sugar in a small bowl, then crush into a coarse puree using the tines of a fork (pieces of fruit should still be discernible).

3) Combine the butter and remaining sugar in a food processor, and pulse until combined. Whisk together the eggs and add them to the processor; pulse to combine.

4) Whisk together the almond flour, rye flour, sea salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the food processor, and pulse until the batter is thoroughly mixed, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.

5) Spread one third of the batter into the prepared pan, then gently spoon the crushed blackberries on top. Carefully spread the remaining batter over the blackberries. Scatter the rest of the rose sugar on top (you may not use it all). Bake until the cake has set and turned a deep golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely before unfolding and slicing. Serve with whipped creme fraiche. Store the leftover cake covered at room temperature for up to three days.

That's all it takes! Rye flour is dark, earthy, and a little funky, but the blackberries and rose petals really life and balance those qualities. The result is a cake that is as unique as it is harmonious!

If you enjoyed this recipe, Dandelion & Quince has a plethora of unique and fun-to-make culinary experiments that you're bound to dig into - sweet, savory, and everything in between! Our vast cookbook collection in our pantry department continues to blossom, along with all else in our store! Stop by our Los Angeles location today to take your pick from our selection!

We hope your Valentine's Day is nice and rosy!

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Southern CA Winter Blooms

April showers have come early this year and have left our Culver City location ripe with flowers and greenery of all colors, shapes and sizes! Our eight greenhouses are now brimming with exterior plants, cacti, succulents, and exotic plants that are ready to find a home.

We also carry a wide selection of desert plants, flowering shrubs, grasses and trees ideal for landscape use. In addition, our colorful and thoughtfully-selected outdoor arrangements perfectly compliment any outdoor garden!

Today we are featuring our favorite picks from this expansive collection! See below for an inventory:

CACTI + SUCCULENTS

The Pilosocereus Pachycladus

The Pilosocereus Pachycladus

- The Pilosocereus Pachycladus is a bright, wooly blue cactus with spires. This spectacular cactus originates from Brazil and is particularly unique for its hue! It grows in a columnar-like fashion and can grow up to 10 meters tall!  

Agave Attenuata

Agave Attenuata

Agave Attenuate are slow-growing succulents that can reach a height of up to 5 feet! Their green leaves clump together at the base and they bloom a gorgeous yellow flower stalk during the summer. At Rolling Greens we carry lots of different kinds of agave that range in color, shape and size!

The spikes of orange-yellow flowers are from the Aloe Cameronii (Starfish Aloe). They sit in front of a bed of Kalanchoe Beharensis (Zig-Zag Felt Plants), and in background is an arrangement of Agave Attenuata (Fox Tail Agave) + Echeveria 'Perle Von Nürnberg' blossoms.

The spikes of orange-yellow flowers are from the Aloe Cameronii (Starfish Aloe). They sit in front of a bed of Kalanchoe Beharensis (Zig-Zag Felt Plants), and in background is an arrangement of Agave Attenuata (Fox Tail Agave) + Echeveria 'Perle Von Nürnberg' blossoms.

- The Aloe Cameronii (Starfish Aloe) get its name from its spiky texture. If you were to look down at a group of these aloes from above, it would appear as though you were looking down into the water at a giant starfish! Their leaves can turn completely red during the winter, or when they are especially dry. As you can see, they really pop when contrasted against lush greenery.

- Kalanchoe Beharensis (Zig-Zag Felt Plants) are a type of succulent and they are particularly unique as so, for their huge, scalloped leaves. These leaves can grow up to a foot in length and are covered in a soft layer of felt. They thrive best outdoors where they can achieve the most sunlight, but can be grown indoors in a large container where they can receive the greatest exposure to light.

Notice how we have incorporated the stunning Agave Attentua + Echeveria blossom arrangement in the background into a vintage birdbath!

OUR OUTDOOR ARRANGEMENTS

Succulent Arrangement: Clockwise from the top: Cotyledon Orbiculata v. Oblonga (Long Fingers), Echeveria 'Blue Curls', Kalanchoe Tomentosa (Panda Plant), Crassula Ovata ‘Hobbit’ (Hobbit Jade)

Succulent Arrangement: Clockwise from the top: Cotyledon Orbiculata v. Oblonga (Long Fingers), Echeveria 'Blue Curls', Kalanchoe Tomentosa (Panda Plant), Crassula Ovata ‘Hobbit’ (Hobbit Jade)

- Cotyledon Orbiculata v. Oblonga (Long Fingers), otherwise known as Grey Sticks or 'Purple' Chalk Fingers are eye-catching due to their peculiar shape, but are also distinguished by their blue-grey silvery leaves that typically clump together. They are easy, low maintenance and drought resistant. We love using them in our outdoor arrangements for an added touch of texture and personality!

- Echeveria 'Blue Curls' are native to the desert areas of Central America. They boast a stunning variety of colors, but primarily appear as a rosette with frilly evergreen leaves that have pink-hued edges. 

- Kalanchoe Tomentosa (Panda Plant) is part of the succulent plant species. It grows thick leaves for water-storage purposes - which means less watering for you! The velvety leaves grow in a rosette shape and are covered in bristle-like hairs. A unique and handsome plant, they appear primarily silvery-blue with the exception of their edges which are a burnt orange/chocolatey brown color. 

- Crassula Ovata 'Hobbit' (Hobbit Jade) are shrubby, small succulents with leaves that curl back into a spoon-like shape and have reddish tips! They look great in rock gardens and outdoor arrangements! 

Succulent Arrangement: An Echeveria 'Perle Von Nürnberg' blossom nestled in between Portulacaria Afra 'Variegata' (Rainbow Bush) on the right and Senecio Radicans (Sting of Fishhooks) to the left.

Succulent Arrangement: An Echeveria 'Perle Von Nürnberg' blossom nestled in between Portulacaria Afra 'Variegata' (Rainbow Bush) on the right and Senecio Radicans (Sting of Fishhooks) to the left.

- Echeveria 'Perle Von Nürnberg' is a beautiful rosette-forming succulent that has powdery-grey leaves with central pink highlights. Make sure to give your Echeveria lots of light and prune any dead leaves from the bottom as it grows, as their dead leaves can make a wonderful home for lots of mean bugs!

- Portulacaria Afra 'Variegata' (Rainbow Bush) has short, shrubby leaves that grow on a thick, reddish-brown, almost tree-like stem. Fun fact: They are also known as "Elephant Bushes" because they are a popular native food for elephants in Africa! These are easily manageable for those who don't have much of a green thumb as well. All they really need is some light and a bit of weekly watering.  

- Senecio Radicans (Sting of Fishhooks) can grow a trail up to four feet in length! There's no stopping these babies - they'll grow and grow! They look great indoors, but as you can see, they work perfectly in an outdoor arrangement as well! How do you care for these in California weather? Bright shade is the way to go.

VINES + MORE 

Bougainvillea vines

Bougainvillea vines

Bougainvilleas are flowering vines and they are a versatile plant. They can be trained on a trellis or made so that they spread vertically up a wall or off the roofing of your home! They make a wonderful accent to any landscape with their purplish-pink flowers. Keep them in lots of light and sun for at least six hours a day and watch them as they spread! They are guaranteed to grab lots of "Oohs" and "Ahhs" from any visitor.

Euphorbia (Not pictured) are flowering plants that are part of the Spurge genus. They range from tiny succulents to evergreen shrubs. Ask us about the variety of colors and sizes that we carry!

A FINAL SHOUTOUT

The products in our exterior gardens are thoughtfully selected, and very rich in their colors and textures! As you can see, our outdoor arrangements range in size and selection and come uniquely planted in our array of pots. Our freestanding greenery, cacti, succulents, vines and even our arrangements work best cohesively in an outdoor landscape environment!

Our exterior team maintains these selections very well and with lots of care! They are also very knowledgeable and very helpful in selecting plants, so don't hesitate to ask a member of our Rolling Greens team how we can help make your outdoor garden fantasies a reality.

Stop by our Culver City location Monday-Friday from 7:30am-4pm to make your selection today!

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La Poterie De La Madeleine

This week we are featuring our gorgeous French Anduze pottery by La Poterie De La Madeline. The design of this pottery dates back to the early 1700's and originated in the Cevennes region of France. We have brought these illustrious symbols of French tradition and design to both of our locations and we couldn't be more excited!

Created by potters inspired by the Medicis, this pottery is iconic to French garden decor. Vincent and Guillaume Bimar started manufacturing their famous La Poterie De La Madeleine pottery back in the '80's. Their family is passionately involved in this ancestral trade that encompasses both tradition and modernity. It is a process that is true to history!

And as they have for hundreds of years, these beautiful pots are embellished by handcrafted garlands and medallions emblematizing the towns from which they originated. This year, along with the staple designs and colors, we have a beautiful selection of new natural finishes and modern silhouettes!

Our managing parters Greg + Laurie and our Creative Director Angela Hicks have been traveling to France for years shopping and buying pottery pieces. It is through their travels that Rolling Greens' relationship with La Poterie was formed, and so, each year we bring you the best that they have to offer, imported directly from their factory in Anduze, France.

The grandeur, craftsmanship and size of these elegant pots is truly something to behold. They make a stunning accent to any garden or home, and are guaranteed to become a part of your family tradition to pass on to the next generation. Stop by our Culver and Beverly locations to experience them for yourself!

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