Takao Catalog 2013-2014

Takao Nursery Catalog 2013-2014

The catalog is out! Click on the catalog to view a digital version or contact us to request a copy today!



Kids Equals Play

On the occasional instance when my daugthers Gwen and Emma come to work with me, nothing seems to get done around here!

Grandpa Danny and Grandmama (this is the name Gwen has come up with for my mom) and Baby Emma (also Gwen’s nicknaming talent at work)


A special lot of plants were going out to Fresno State for their plant sale and Gwen insisted she needed her own “stickers” to put on her plants – good thing we have extras!


…trying to work and send emails…


…ya, I don’t think that’s going to happen!…


Happy Valentine’s Day Y’all!

Aaaah February 14th, Valentine’s Day, and also my anniversary ūüėČ

We’re celebrating the day of love with cupcakes from my favvvvvvorite bakery, The Frosted Cakery! So good – frosting a mile high and sweet as heck, just the way I like it! And more delicious frosting – with cookies that Monique made!


And we’ve had a few fun deliveries as well!…

Flowers for Monique from her kids – is that not so sweet! And there’s little Emma to make it an even sweeter pic!


And just after I texted Darren to “elbow” him that Monique got flowers – these came for me!


Dad had better step it up! Maybe he’ll come back from the Norcal Show with something for mom haha ūüôā

Hey You Guuuuys!

I just wanted to shout out and say “Hello!” and let you all know that I’m back! …Back and with a new baby at home ūüôā

Let me catch you up a little…

Baby Emma came into the world on October 9th! Here’s Grandma Takao welcoming¬†our little Miss.¬†I actually had the¬†easiest labor ever, no pain…I didn’t believe such a thing even existed…Easy¬†labor? Yes Virginia it does exist.


Gwen surprisingly adapted well to life with a new baby sister, which was really nice.


…But then there was a lot waking up every hour to two hours for days and days and days…oh and a lot of¬†this:


Throw into the mix my birthday…which was 3 days after I gave birth…which means my birthday wish was to not have to do anything for my birthday.

Then Gwen’s 3rd birthday party – a reptile party! Which she had fun at, but probably not as much fun as all the dads!


Followed by my brother’s birthday. Is my mom the crochet queen or what!?!


Then life became even more of a blur with all the holidays! Halloween, Thanksgiving…

and Merry Christmas! (Christmases actually…Takao Christmas, McCall Christmas and extended family¬†McCall Christmas! Christmas is officially the longest holiday.)


And now¬†Emma is sleeping through the night for¬†the most part (oh thank GOD!), and I’m back at work!

Oh and “Go Niners!” ūüôā
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Another Catalog Sneak Peek!

Take a lookie here and see what I’ve been up to lately…

…and yes, I am a little further behind schedule than I’d like to be. I blame it on this little girl…

…in combination with this little girl…

2012-2013 Catalog Sneak Peek!

Look what just came in for¬†the upcoming¬†Takao catalog theme…sooo excited! Stay tuned ūüôā

Mrs. Lilien Does it Right!

Just thought I’d share a great little blog post from Mrs. Lilien with y’all! I love how it showcases plants in a simple, but visually appealing way! The layout is different, the plants stand out, there’s a dash of humor sprinkled in, and I’m intrigued enough to want to read on…

“Recently, I’ve been filling my house with plants! It’s beginning to look like a jungle sans the monster ants! I’m loving all the life a little green can bring – why, a potted plant can really make a room sing! I’m particularly fascinated with flamboyant varieties – some of these species are known to increase oxygen and reduce anxieties!! I’ve highlighted a few of my faves – these particula indoor + outdoor plants are known to behave. I hope you look into adding some green – thus turning your casa into a living dream!”

Mrs. Lilien completes the lovely imagery with a catchy short summary and soon the reader is turned into a plant fan too!

It’s a great example of how to showcase plants in a different yet interesting way! Kudos to the Mrs! ūüôā

Pinterest Etiquette

With Pinterest blowing up, I thought I’d share with you an awesome article on Pinterest Etiquette! Go over and check it out – good things to know before you start getting crazy pinning away!

The New Social Media

The Cultivate Project  ::  Social Media  ::  Currently Obsessed

When you think of the term “Social Media” often¬†the first thing that comes to mind is Facebook, am I right? But actually social media is so much more than that! It refers to a ever widening range of all sorts of internet goodness that allow users to easily exchange information and interact with each other.

I know I’ve¬†mentioned Pinterest to you before,¬†which is gaining lots of organic momentum. I can’t tell you how many times in the last several months that my friends have asked me “Have you heard of Pinterest?!” and my response is “Psssh, old news! haha”.

Well, my latest finding is along the same lines and it has me equally infatuated! It’s a new website called Currently Obsessed! It’s a place where you can choose to¬†“stalk” your favorite fashion bloggers and see what they’re loving and buying! The Cultivate Project :: Social Media :: Currently ObsessedIn your account you make a list of those you want to follow and in a layout display similar to Pinterest, you will see a line up of cascading images of all the products that those on your list desire. When (not if) something catches your eye, just click on it and a small pop-up box will appear with a quick summary of what you’re looking at. If you’re still feeling it (translation:¬†the price is right), click on the Buy button to be redirected to the original site to make your purchase!¬†Or if you love it and want to save it for later just add it to your list of favorites by clicking on the heart in the bottom corner.

And you can bet that this site is tracking all¬†sorts of data¬†on what’s being looked at and what is being clicked on. Information that can provide insight on trends and consumer wants. Information that can help the individual¬†brands and the industry in general. Information that can even be used to direct and influence future sales.

I know¬†a lot of you out there are thinking “Okay, great! I don’t care about shoes and purses,¬†how does this apply to plants?” Look at the big picture. Yes, this is a website about fashion. But, what I’m trying to show you is¬†that the way we¬†think¬†and share information is rapidly¬†changing. Loads of information is¬†created and shared daily on the web. Exchanging ideas and information is¬†instant and often¬†spreads at an exponential rate. Overnight, these sort of sites can take an obscure, unknown artist or product¬†and make¬†it the next hot thing, and the information that they gather and can provide alone would be very insightful.

Now,¬†let’s put our minds together and figure out how we can¬†apply this sort of organized¬†frenzy to our industry!

Kick Off Your New Year’s Resolutions!

It’s a new year and a great time to set all your lofty aspirations and resolutions for a better you in 2012! And to help you kick your butt into gear, why not a little motivation?!

Over the holiday break I stumbled upon some marketing insight from Jay Abraham and I’ve been absorbing it and making notes as to how I can apply this into our marketing plan – and I use the word “plan” very loosely here! ūüôā (Hey, I’m a creative – we create, not plan well!)

Take a peek at it for yourself! I know there’s got to be a few things you can take from it too! Let me know how it goes!

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