Talks & Presentations

Let’s Plant! Seed Starting Workshops

— Join Nan for a hands-on workshop near you — Tickets must be purchased in advance to reserve your spot and supplies. March 16, 2019, 9:30 am to noon, Community Roots Farm, Oceanside, CA, Purchase tickets March 17, 2019 , 12 pm to 2:30 pm, Bancroft Center For Sustainability, Spring Valley, CA, Purchase tickets March 24,…

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Low-Water Landscapes – Commercial and HOA

As our resources dwindle and people become more aware of how little time, money, and resources low-water landscapes require, more and more commercial property owners, agencies, and HOAs are interested in making that conversion. Ready to respond? This talk presents three beautiful, well done, low-water landscapes – two commercial and one large scale residential. Participants…

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Waterwise Plants for Pros

The public’s demand for beautiful, easy care, low water plants is absolutely exploding. For professionals, keeping up with the demand can be challenging. This talk presents a large, but not overwhelming plant palette customized to meet these criteria. Nan covers how to use these plants in the landscape, what to combine them with, their culture,…

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Edible Landscapes for Pros

Edibles are on everyone’s radar but they can be a challenge for professional landscape designers and landscape contractors to include in landscapes. Which are attractive enough to use as landscape elements? What is the best way to use them? How do we factor in our clients’ needs and preferences? These issues come up in terms…

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Plant a Pot of Tea Workshop

If your image of making tea starts with a white paper mesh bags filled with mysterious dried leaves, this workshop will blow your mind. Green, black, and white teas are all versions of dried and cured leaves of Camellia sinensis, which are a little too thirsty for San Diego gardens. But that’s not the case…

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Plant it Hot or Plant it Spicy Workshop

Do you like hot or do you like spicy? Either way, it’s easy to grow the herbs you like to use in your favorite recipes. Homegrown herbs taste totally different from the dry herbs sold in the market. In this hands-on workshop, Nan Sterman introduces you to a host of fresh familiar and specialty herbs,…

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Container Gardening How-To Workshop

Not everyone has room for an entire garden but everyone has room for a container garden. Container gardens are just like gardens in the ground, just smaller. They have exactly the same requirements – light, water, and soil. In this demonstration, Nan discusses the best uses for different types of containers and how to match…

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From Sticks to Stems: Propagate Plants from Cuttings Workshop

Starting new plants from cuttings is truly amazing. Lop off a branch, stick it into some potting soil and soon its an entire plant! And truthfully, it is almost that easy after participants know some of the tricks that propagators use. Once they see and understand the process, they can propagate almost anything, from the…

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Sprout! Start your Vegetable Garden from Seeds Workshop

Seeds are magical little things – pieces of dried out “wood” that, when watered, suddenly come alive to make tall redwoods, bright red poppies, even delicious tomatoes and eggplant. Starting from seed allows gardeners to try varieties of plants seldom seen in the nursery – especially herbs and vegetables. This presentation covers everything a hoping-for-green-thumb…

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