When Maury and Heather Callaghan moved to their newly built Olivenhain home in 2001, they carpeted the two-thirds-acre lot in sod. The New Zealand natives had lived all over the world, most recently in Kentucky where they had a large, woodland garden. Both had gardened with their parents as children. As adults, however, Maury’s business…

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People constantly ask me how much and how often to water their plants.  There is no definitive answer.  It depends on your microclimate, the type of soil in your garden, the type of irrigation you use (drip, overhead, etc.) and more. That said, figuring out how to water your plants isn’t all that difficult if…

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Hidden Pleasures Plants are so amazing…. Last night, my husband and I took an evening stroll and as we stepped out the front door, I was struck by a sweet fragrance.   I couldn’t quite pinpoint its source, and since my husband was already half way up the street, I scrambled after him rather than…

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I turned my irrigation system off in late October and here it is the end of March. How did I manage to avoid watering for nearly six months? Easy! My garden is planted in low water plants.

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I finally made front page news today!  The San Diego Union Tribune’s front page story was about people removing their lawns as a water-saving measure.  Reporter Mike Lee quoted me as a local expert: “It’s the beginning of the end of lawn at home,” said Nan Sterman, who teaches a class called “Bye Bye Grass”…

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Yesterday, I visited Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in anticipation of the program I am doing there next Sunday, March 15.  For the Ides of March, I am leading a stroll through the brewery’s wonderful gardens. I remember the first time I visited Stone.  It was September of 2005 when CEO Greg Koch toured…

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