Sustainability is a path, rather than an endpoint. And, if it follows the pattern of other cultural shifts, sustainability starts at home. From there, it spreads to workplaces, businesses, and our communities at large. So, how do we make our homes – our home landscapes in particular — more sustainable? This presentation inspires participants with…

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Starting new plants from cuttings is truly amazing. Lop off a branch, stick it into some potting soil and soon it’s 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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Grow more per square foot, with less water, less back stress, fewer pest problems and an extended growing season, even in the worst soil in the world! How? By growing vegetables in a raised bed. Nan presents different examples of raised beds, including a time-proven method for easy-on-the-back (and easy for small children) wooden raised…

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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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Ever ask a gardener about the plants they wish they’d never planted? Nan talks about a bunch of them that reproduce too freely, swallow up a house in a season, are prone to disease, attract unwanted “visitors” to the garden, invade nearby native habitats, are impossible to train, or will be in the garden forever,…

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On a beautiful Saturday you are ready to replace your thirsty, high maintenance garden. Drive to the nursery, park the car and as step through the entry, you stop. Overwhelmed. Not sure what to look at or what to choose…. In this class, Nan demonstrates how to make beautiful combinations of water-wise plants in five…

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If you were to visit California from the southern tip of South Africa you may not feel a little out of place, but if you were a plant, you would feel right at home. The two region’s climates and terrains are surprisingly similar. South African plants are a major component of the Mediterranean plant palette;…

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Expand your garden’s palette with colorful and hardy plants from arid Mexico and the southwest deserts. If you think those plants are all cacti, think again. You’ll be amazed at the vast options of plants that don’t resemble cacti in the least! These plants are graceful, have fantastic textures, and add year-round interest to low…

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Imagine a garden filled with colorful flowers, fantastic foliage and hummingbirds. You are imagining a garden with plants from our sister climate down-under. From kangaroo paws to acacias, plants from Australia include some of the most unusual and fascinating low water, low maintenance plants for our gardens. Optional demonstration with live plants.

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