Archives for February 2017

Seminar Speaker Biographies

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.

Nan Sterman

Hot Colors Dry Gardens

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

Steve Gerischer

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”

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)

Stacey Sturnot

Stacey SturnotTerra Pacific Landscape, CLCA San Diego Chapter President

Stacey is a self-confessed “Plant Nerd” with over 24 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 Gothic 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 a Past 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.