The pleasure of hanging out with plant people is what you learn from them. Such people, and the plants they grow, are typically full of wonderful surprises.

Just the other day, I met Ash Jahanbin, whose mission in life is to grow and to care for exotic fruit trees. To this end, he runs a nursery at 10943 DeSoto Avenue in Chatsworth. He also has a busy crew of ten employees whose sole task to is plant and maintain fruit and nut orchards throughout the Valley and beyond, with dozens of customers in places like Woodland Hills, West Hills, Northridge, Sherman Oaks, the Hollywood Hills, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Santa Monica, and Malibu.

Before I met Ash, if someone had told me that not far south of Mulholland Drive, close to Sepulveda Boulevard, there was an orchard of more that 100 macadamia nut trees that were annually producing hundreds of pounds of nuts, I would have had serious doubts about that person’s sanity. While I had heard of macadamia nut trees in Malibu, I had no idea that they could thrive so close to home.

Read Gardening: Tips for growing tropical and exotic fruit trees in Southern California via Orange County Register

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