General Audience

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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Beauty & Inspiration: Legacy Gardens of Provence and the French Riviera

A tour of gardens in the south of France is every gardener’s dream. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity (or if you have and would like to relive that experience), you’ll love Nan’s illustrated tour of the legacy gardens of Provence and the French Riviera. This tour takes you to a dozen gardens, starting…

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Plant a Jewish Garden

Planting, growing, and harvesting are fundamental to Judaism. Agriculture ties Jews to the seasons and to the land, through holidays and life cycle events. In this presentation, you’ll learn about connections between Judaism and fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, trees, shrubs, and more. Nan will talk about traditions and practices that easily translate to home gardens.…

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From Sustainability to Stewardship: New Insights from Old English Gardens

New garden trends still originate in old England! Even in that historic region, resources are becoming more precious. Private gardens and public gardens like Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, RSH Wisley, and Hidcote are among those refocusing on stewardship, far beyond sustainability. They integrate wildflowers and grasses into formal gardens as an acknowledgment that attracting beneficials is…

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