Presentations - Home Gardeners

Expand Your Palette: Garden Gems from the World’s Mediterranean Climates

The world’s five Mediterranean climates (including California) cover only 2% of the earth’s surface, yet are home to 205 of the world’s plant species. For gardeners, that translates to an enormous palette of low water, low maintenance, and beautiful plants. This talk presents the best of the best of those…

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Expand Your Palette: Native Plants for California Native Gardens

Native plants began falling out of fashion in the early 1900’s when new and exciting exotics from around the world became available to California gardeners. That trend continued pretty much until today. Now, California gardeners are rediscovering the beauty and diversity of our native flora. And it’s about time. Native…

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Expand Your Palette: Mediterranean and Desert Plants For Low Water Landscapes

So many communities, property owners, even landscape maintenance companies want to swap out existing landscapes for something new, something more waterwise, easier to care for, and simply more up to date. The problem is, they don’t know where to start or what to ask for. In this talk, Nan covers…

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Expand Your Palette: Low Water Australian Plants for California Gardens

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…

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Expand Your Palette: Garden Treasures from Arid Mexico and the Southwest

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…

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Expand Your Palette: California Gardening with South African Plants

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…

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Five Minute Garden Design

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…

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Don’t Plant This! Avoid the Plants You’ll Later Regret

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…

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Sprout! Start your Vegetable Garden from Seeds

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…

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Raise Your Vegetables in Bed

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…

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From Sticks to Stems: Propagate Plants from Cuttings

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…

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Container Gardening How-To

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The Path to Sustainability Starts at Home

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?…

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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…

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Spotlight on the Gardens of the Netherlands and Belgium: Much More than Tulips!

Join Nan Sterman on a virtual journey to the gardens and landscapes of the Netherlands. You might think of Dutch landscapes as being all about tulips, and there are tulips for sure, but there is much, much more. We visit fantastic garden vignettes at Appletern, designed by 200 of the…

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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…

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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.

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