Shop Talk | November 25, 2011 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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Eating Out - November 25, 2011

Shop Talk

NEW OPTIONS FOR GARDENS ... Tucked away in a narrow alley next to Ivy Tutor Center on California Avenue in Palo Alto, Toscano Garden, which opened in August, offers a variety of innovative garden ornaments for decorating and landscaping. They include fountains, planters, tables, benches, statues and bird baths. According to owner Hanna Kim, Toscano Garden filled a landscaping-business gap in town. "I found there's a need for such things here," she said. "I try to find a good selection and differentiate my products from those in Home Depot." Customers choose their favorite ornaments based on the styles of their houses and landscaping. Kim gave one example of how her business is different: She promised that if customers don't have time to go to a nursery to find the ideal plant for a planter, Toscano Garden would go to the nursery and bring back samples for the customer to choose from. Kim said she is also running gardening classes on weekends, with details on Craigslist. Toscano Garden is at 444 S. California Ave. For more information, call 650-322-2400 or email

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