Archives for February 2017

Steve Gerisher

Pacific Horticulture Society

Steve Gerischer, an award winning landscape designer, teacher, and former president of the Southern California Horticulture Society, has been gardening locally since childhood. He has appeared on HGTV’s ‘Landscaper’s Challenge (where his was the design chosen and installed) and formerly worked and lectured at Smith & Hawken in Beverly Hills, and Hortus, in Pasadena. He now divides his time between creating landscapes with his company, Larkspur Garden Design, and lecturing on a wide variety of topics relating to gardening in Southern California. Current motto: “Get rid of the lawn”

Current teaching assignments: Beginning Gardening and Landscaping for the Homeowner (Tri-Community Classes-Covina Valley Adult Education) The Seasonal Gardener at The Arboretum and Botanic Garden of Los Angeles

Past Lecture Topics: Containers for the Mediterranean Garden (Gardening under Med. Skies Symposium, 2004) Hypertufa Pots and Troughs (Arboretum/Descanso/SOKA) Rose Pruning and Care (Various) Designing with Foliage-Form and Texture (Greystone LA Garden Show/Arboretum etc.) Orchid Care, Topiary, Bulbs (Spring and Summer), Bareroot Plants, Pest Control (Organic Methods), Organic Gardening, Getting Rid of Your Lawn- All for Smith & Hawken (1994-1997), Hortus (1997-2000), Arboretum, Covina Valley Adult, Descanso etc. (2000 to present)

Nate Magnusson

Nate Magnusson has over a decade of experience in landscape architecture. His work includes residential facilities, parks, commercial/industrial projects, and urban landscape design.

Mr. Magnusson has extensive experience in project management, production, graphics, drafting, site design, layout design, grading, cost estimation, and construction details. He has managed numerous private and public projects in Southern California, including the ongoing Civita Park project which includes nearly 17 acres of parks and over 40 acres of open space, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Ariva Apartments, and the Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza in Escondido.

Mr. Magnusson is President of the San Diego Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects and an active member of the American Public Works Association. He is a Licensed Landscape Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, providing sustainable design guidance on a variety of project types.

Nan Sterman

A Growing Passion

Nan-StermanCalifornia native Nan Sterman is host and co-producer of the award winning public TV show, A Growing Passion, which celebrates all the ways that San Diego “grows,” from farms and nurseries to backyards ands schoolyards, to native habitats and more.  Nan is author of California Gardener’s Guide vII and Waterwise Plants for the Southwest.  She leads international garden tours (this fall to the south of France) and designs gardens for San Diegans who desire beautiful edible, low water, and sustainable gardens. For information, visit  and

Stacey Sturnot

Terra Pacific Landscape

CLCA San Diego Chapter President

Stacey is a self-confessed “Plant Nerd” with over 23 years’ experience in the Green Industry, beginning her journey installing yards for her father’s home building business in high school. She furthered her passion in high school with Horticulture classes that included Garden Design and Plant Production. This turned into a career path as she attended Milwaukee Area Technical College, earning the Associate of Applied Science degree in Landscape Horticulture. She became certified in all tracks of this degree including Design/Build, Maintenance Arboriculture, and Garden Center/Production. The skills learned at MATC and in various positions with Garden Center Sales, Production, Landscape Maintenance and Interiorscaping, led her to ValleyCrest Companies as a college recruit in 2000. She began working in the San Diego Branch supporting and managing the design, enhancement and account management teams. Stacey has spent her 16 years in San Diego working in various roles of landscape management; maintenance, construction, sales & marketing, and operation departments, including production and inventory planning at Miramar Nurseries. Stacey has been in the Branch Manager role for over 5 years and currently is managing maintenance, construction and tree care for the San Diego region at Terra Pacific Landscape.  She holds a California Qualified Applicators License, is a Certified Water Manager, member of the San Diego Horticultural Society, SD Native Plant Society and is currently the President of the CLCA – San Diego Chapter.

Stacey has won various Landscape Design awards as a student and through her work in San Diego.  She is honored to be a part of the esteemed panel of judges.

Kimberly Alexander

Allée Landscape Design

President, San Diego District of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers APLD

Kimberly Alexander is the owner and principle designer for Allée Landscape Design-an award-winning residential design business serving San Diego County. Her passion is not only for great design, but also how to create those designs in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner using the watershed approach to landscaping. It is her belief that we are all stewards of the earth and in that regard, uses her talents to enlighten and empower her clients. Kimberly is trained in both ornamental horticulture and aboriculture and earned her Certificate in Landscape Architecture graduating Phi Theta Kappa from Mira Costa College.  She is a G3 Qualified Trainer and watershed-wise landscape professional helping to educate homeowners on how to transform their landscapes. Kimberly is President of the San Diego District of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and a past board member at large for the San Diego Horticultural Society.  She is currently serving on the advisory board for the Horticulture Department at Mira Costa College.  She participated in Balboa Park’s Adopt a Plot and designed the south facing landscape at the San Diego Natural History Museum. As a previous exhibitor in the Garden Masters, Kimberly is excited and gratified to be asked to judge this year’s competition.

Speaker Biographies Below

The speakers listed below are from the Fall Home/Garden Show 2017.

Tiger Palafox

Exciting Succulents

Tiger Palafox has grown up with a trowel in one hand and a hose in the other. From the age of 5 he has been running around his family’s nursery, Mission Hills Nursery, in San Diego. He has always had a passion for outdoors: hiking, swimming, surfing, snowboarding and of course gardening. Tiger has been on gardening shows for HGTV, TLC and other networks. He host and produces a local television segment named ECO Revolution that focuses on “Green” products, seminars, people or businesses. Tiger specializes in irrigation systems and creating edible landscapes. Growing up in San Diego he developed a passion for fruit trees and edible plants. He enjoys passing his knowledge to his daughter and son, hoping one day they will have the same love for being outside and enjoying their yard. Tiger is always looking for the fun new plants and products that drive our industry and keep gardening fresh.

Jim Mumford

Look up! Gardening on walls and roofs

Jim Mumford, CLP, GRP, beginning in 1977 with Good Earth Plant & Flower Company, a flower “bucket stand” in downtown San Diego, four decades later, Mumford is a thought leader in expanding the potential for bringing the living world of plants into our everyday lives to experience their positive environmental, aesthetic, and health benefits. Mumford is an award winning plantscaper, green roof and living wall designer, a sought after speaker and a recipient of numerous local and national awards. He is a Certified Landscape Professional, Accredited Green Roof Professional, licensed contractor and a nationally recognized plantscaper. In March 2008, Mumford launched GreenScaped Buildings, specializing in green roofs, living walls, bio-filtration and rainwater harvesting systems. Award-winning client projects include green roofs for many prestigious Southern California buildings.

Frequently featured in local and national print and broadcast media including CNN and FOX Business, he was named a California “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; one of San Diego’s “Top Influentials” by the San Diego Daily Transcript; and was a featured speaker at the TEDx Youth Conference in San Diego in November 2012. He is a past president and current board member of the Plantscape Industry Alliance (PIA); board member for People for Livable Places (PLP) and Green Plants for Green Buildings; and is an active member of the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), American Institute of Architects San Diego (AIASD) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Mumford serves on the Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Sustainability Committee. He was named an “Eco-Warrior” by San Diego Magazine.

Francie Murphy and Maria Mata

Roses: How to Grow America’s Favorite Flower

Francie Murphy

Francie has been growing roses for more than 20 years and became a University of California-certified Master Gardener in 2014. She follows a no-fuss policy for her mix of antique and modern roses. Before retiring from her public relations business, she managed national and global public relations programs for more than 30 years. Ms. Murphy frequently lectures on how to work with the news media. She also helps to publicize many seminars sponsored by Master Gardeners.

Francie has served on several boards and remains very active as a grant writer and publicist for the Greyhound Adoption Center in El Cajon and also volunteers in countless ways at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe. In her spare time, Ms. Murphy enjoys tending her Del Mar garden of succulents, edibles and antique roses. Trying to perfect her golf swing is another never-ending pursuit.

Maria Mata is a Master Gardener with a history of volunteering at the award winning Balboa Park rose garden for over 12 years.  She was mentored by the late Dick Streeper, also known as the “Rose Man”.  She continues to volunteer at the rose garden along with Sue Streeper and a group of 40 volunteers.


Roxanne Kim-Perez

Beautiful Gardens in Small Spaces

Roxanne Kim-Perez, a principal of Singing Gardens, is an award-winning residential landscape designer who specializes in Zen gardens, succulent gardens and container design. Her strength lies in creating high-style garden designs for real-life budgets—custom landscape design plans with exceptional plants. She creates unique, distinct designs to fit the lifestyle of her clients, and particularly enjoys designing and creating small space gardens which enhance their outdoor living. Her designs have won awards at the Spring Home/Garden Show Garden Masters. Her work has been published internationally.

Cindy Sparks

Earth Friendly Gardening

After retiring from a career in the Aerospace industry, Cindy and her husband moved to San Diego and fell in love with a fifty year old house in Point Loma. Cindy joined the San Diego Horticultural Society and served on their Board of Directors, first as a Member-at-Large, and then as the Publicity director for 5 years. She became a Master Gardener in 2006, and just two years ago trained in a statewide campaign to build a staff of trainers who could teach other Master Gardeners, and the public, in the new program for Sustainable Landscapes. Because the fifty-year old house had a fifty-year-old garden, Cindy found ample challenge in turning it around, plus she has used that as a lab for experimenting with Sustainability practices and learning how to use them effectively. Her garden will be featured this autumn when the San Diego Master Gardeners hold their first ever Fall Garden Tour and Marketplace on 1 October.