Archives for February 2018

Greg Alder

Fruit Trees: Selection, Irrigation, and Care


Greg Alder started gardening in Africa while living there as a Peace Corps teacher. Greg and his wife now raise their children and much of their food on an acre just outside of San Diego. Greg volunteers as a Master Gardener in addition to growing a lot of avocados and writing about food gardening at his website,

Lynlee Austell

Beautiful Landscapes with Far Less Water


Lynlee Austell-Slayter, MBA, UCCE Master Gardener, Sustainable Landscape Expert. Lynlee inherited her love of plants and nature from both her parents and grandparents. Her mother was a botanist and science teacher. Her grandfather and father collected state fair ribbons for their horticultural talents. Her father also worked as a florist. Lynlee described what she wanted to do in her life when she was in undergraduate microbiology and someone told her she was naive. Yet, she now lives that intention by helping to preserve our natural environment and helping others see the joy in nature. Lynlee has been a UCCE Master Gardener since 2008 and completed additional training in Sustainable Landscape Principals and Integrated Pest Management.

Tony Gurnoe

Tropical Looking Landscapes with Low Water Plants


Horticulture manager for San Diego Botanic Garden.


For Immediate Release

Contact: Lawrence Bame, 858-350-3738

Show Your Home Some Love!


Del Mar, California—Now in its 33rd year, the Spring Home/Garden Show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds for a three-day extravaganza of inspiring real “Garden Masters” landscapes (created exclusively for the Show), hands-on demonstrations, hundreds of home-improvement products and services exhibitors, educational seminars, plant sales, and face-to-face consultations with top experts—all with the convenience of one-stop shopping for everything pertaining to home and garden, inside and outside.

The Show focuses on San Diego-area experts, services, products, and businesses. Visitors find everything they need to save time and money improving, refreshing, or remodeling their home and outdoor surroundings—from the latest in appliances to garden lighting, from BBQ’s to security systems, from baths to sunrooms.

In addition to a huge main hall where hundreds of exhibitors showcase the newest products and hottest trends, all at special low show prices, the show offers several unique home and garden features (included in admission) that provide extraordinary added value. These truly set the Spring Home/Garden Show—now in its 33rd year—apart from all imitators:

“The Garden Masters”—Great landscapes (using local plants and products) designed by San Diegans FOR San Diegans—A JURIED COMPETITION. Tour the largest and best collection of display gardens created expressly for any weekend expo. Enjoy 11 theatrically lit, full-scale gardens installed for this year’s Show by professional landscape architects, designers, and contractors. These gardens are judged by a distinguished panel and honored in several categories. The competition is fierce! Meet the Designers throughout the show and discover San Diego County’s wealth of local talent and landscaping resources.

“Ask The Experts” features organizations such as the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), as well as representatives from city building departments, Master Gardeners, and many more. Each organization’s experts will be staffing consultation lounges and other areas at the show. Consultations are complimentary.

“All About Gardens” and “The Garden Marketplace”—Shop at a grand nursery of the freshest plants for sale direct from San Diego-area garden and non-profit plant societies, specialty growers and wholesalers–at low show prices. Enjoy free seminars and face-to-face meetings with some of San Diego’s top garden experts; gain priceless hands-on knowledge for your home projects, from landscaping to vegetable gardening and fruit trees.

Bargains! The Spring Home/Garden Show is a home and garden shopper’s paradise. Special pricing is a big attraction for any homeowner looking for deep one-time-only savings. The Marketplace is also an ideal opportunity to easily arrange for multiple bids on any home project, be it shutters, doors, windows, skylights, or hundreds of other essentials. Save TIME and money!

Succulent Potting Bar: New for this show is the Succulent Potting Bar. For $5, you will receive all the plants, soil and topping to create an 8” garden to take home with you. Take a picture and post it to be eligible to win a prize.

“30 for 30” – Landscape Designers from APLD offer 30-minute Personalized Design Consultations for a special show price of $30 per consultation. This is your opportunity to kick-start your garden remodel, or polish a space that’s almost there! Design consultations are available in the Designers’ Lounge located on Designer Lane, just inside the show’s main entrance.

More experts! Other professional, amateur and civic organizations participating in the Show include the City of San Diego Building Department; Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): National Kitchen Bath Association/San Diego.

Show hours: Friday, March 2, 10am-5pm; Saturday, March 3, 10am-6pm; and Sunday, March 4, 10am-5pm. For more information, visit:

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About Westward Expos ( Founded in 1985 in San Diego, Westward Expos produces both the Spring Home/Garden and Fall Home/Garden shows. San Diego’s leading show producer, Westward Expos, can be reached at 858-350-3738. For information on how to participate in the Spring Home/Garden Show, contact Lawrence Bame at this number or

David Clarke

Association of Professional Landscape Designers, San Diego Chapter

David Clarke, APLD, is a native Southern Californian and has been inspired by the climate, terrain, and lifestyles of this unique region since childhood. He founded David Clarke Design in 2009 to offer clients quality landscape design services that reflect this appreciation and understanding of our Mediterranean climate and our ever increasing need to conserve water.

He is a graduate of San Diego State University and holds an Associate of Science degree in Landscape Design from Cuyamaca College. He has designed custom residential landscapes throughout much of San Diego County, and has volunteered pro bono landscape design services for groups including Azalea Park Water Conservation Garden, Community Housing Works Facelift, and Earthlab Conservation Garden.

Professional qualifications include:

  • Certified Professional Member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers
  • Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) (an EPA Watersense-labeled program)
  • G3-certified Watershed Wise Landscape Professional (an EPA Watersense-labeled program)

He is President of the San Diego District of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, and is a member of the California Native Plant Society.

Michael Brennan

American Society of Landscape Architects, San Diego Chapter

Michael Brennan is co-owner of Carson Douglas Landscape Architecture with William Carson Joyce, his East Coast partner. Carson Douglas is a boutique design firm focusing on high-end residential and commercial clients in Southern California and New England. “Working on both coasts represents certain challenges in adapting to the regional aspect of projects, but more interestingly it is a vast opportunity to develop a fusion of styles.”

Some of Brennan’s notable work includes Orchid Award-winning Sofia Lofts, a LEED platinum development centered around a renovated historic residence that will become CDLA’s new office location; Alcazar Court, the historic bungalow court renovation in the heart of Hillcrest and SOHO preservation-award winner; and the Hillcrest Pride Flag and LGBT Monument, a cultural landmark at the intersection of University Avenue and Normal Street. Carson Douglas is also on the team developing Solana 101 in Solana Beach, a mixed-use development proposed by client Zephyr Partners.

With a degree from CalPoly San Luis Obispo, Brennan previously worked at Urban Green, Gillespie Moody Patterson, Inc., and Lightfoot Planning Group. He has received many awards including ASLA’s Student Design Award in 2002, Circulate San Diego’s Momentum Citizen Award in 2016, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition’s Advocate of the Year award in 2017, CLCA’s Trophy Award first place for the Alpine Special Event Site in 2011.

Brennan is also an elected representative serving on the Uptown Planners city planning group and former appointee on the City of San Diego’s Bicycle Advisory Committee.

Frank Mitzel

San Diego Horticultural Society

Frank Mitzel is the current President of the 1100 member San Diego Horticultural Society.  Frank received his Bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M in 1981 and has been designing both commercial and residential landscaping projects for over 35 years in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe through his landscape firm – Aesthetic Landscape Design.

Frank’s work has been published in many periodical’s including; The San Diego Union Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, San Diego Home/Garden Magazine, Sunset Magazine, Fine Gardening, Better Homes and Gardens, and several books about landscape design and gardening.