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Learn more about the birds and bees at the educated Gardener 


Owner said she has ‘always been a plant maniac’

The Educated Gardener in Santa Margarita is a unique destination for every gardener. Owner Simone Smith has created a magical growing space full of locally created yard art, water gardens, unusual perennials, native California plants and herbs along with bedding plants, vegetables and fruit trees and shrubs. Smith, who said she has always been a “plant maniac,” offers visitors a hands on garden experience.

Smith works as much as possible with the natural environment, using no pesticides or herbicides. “I like to help people learn what is appropriate to their area, how to work with micro-climates and to plant for the birds and bees,” said Smith.

The Educated Gardener carries everything for the water garden enthusiast, including pond kits, mosquito fish and different varieties of water snails for eating algae. From March – October, the garden offers one of the largest selections of water plants in San Luis Obispo County, including water lilies, water iris, water clovers, floating plants and more.

To view this complete story, visit the San Luis Obispo County Visitor’s Guide. 


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About the author: Reporter Jackie Iddings

Jackie Iddings is a contributing reporter and photographer for the Paso Robles Daily News.