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.

Linda Bresler

Lush Low-Water Gardens

Linda Bresler ResizeSucculents are all the craze but there are many beautiful plants that can be combined with succulents for a gorgeous garden.

Linda is the owner of Living Designs by Linda, a landscape design and consulting firm that specializes in colorful, water-wise gardens that look lovely year-round. One of Linda’s landscape designs was chosen as the Grand Prize Winner, 2012 Garden of the Year, by San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine.

Nan Sterman

Dig, Plant, Water (a little), Eat


California 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 www.PlantSoup.com  and www.AGrowingPassion.com

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.

Greg Rubin

Landscaping Secrets with California Natives


Greg Rubin, CEO of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc. started working with native plants back in 1985, while renovating his parent’s home in Chatsworth, CA. Soon, he was landscaping for friends and family on weekends and holidays. Demand continued to rise, and by 1993, Greg was able to start his successful and unusual landscaping business. Since that time, his company has designed over 400 native landscapes in San Diego County. Greg has been featured in a number of periodicals including the North County Times, Union Tribune, and magazines such as Sunset, San Diego Home and Garden, San Diego Reader, and California Gardener. Media coverage includes appearances on KGTV, KUSI, and KFMB. He has also been a repeat guest on KPBS radio’s These Days with Tom Fudge. Greg regularly gives presentations on native plants to garden clubs and other organizations throughout San Diego County.

Greg is author of two books with Lucy Warren, The California Native Landscape: Homeowners’ Design Guide to Retstoring its Beauty and Balance, and The Drought-Defying California Garden: 230 Native Plants for a Lush, Low-Water Landscape, both published by Timber Press.


Shellene Mueller

How to Hire a Landscape Professional

Shellene MuellerAward winning landscape designer, Shellene Mueller, grew up in the landscaping business and has seen it all—from landscaping disasters to award-winning home paradises that are easy to look at and to maintain. She will help you to understand just what type of professional you need for your own landscaping project. Learn why and when to hire professionals and what each type of professional can do for you. Understand how trying to save money in the wrong places can end up being more expensive.

Shellene Mueller is the principal Landscape Designer of Designs by Shellene, she also is a California State Licensed Contractor and runs a successful specialty landscape company, Rustica Garden Works, with her husband Carl. Shellene provides residential landscape design services to clients in the greater San Diego area. They specialize in drought tolerant design/low water use landscapes with a timeless appeal. Shellene has won numerous awards for her drought tolerant landscapes, and always strives to educate on the functionality, beauty and low maintenance aspects of this style of garden design. Shellene and her husband work closely in the creation and installation of custom garden structures and garden installations. This hands on approach aides her greatly in the design process. Having construction knowledge is key in designing not only a beautiful garden but a realistic and functional garden. www.designsbyshellene.com

Roy Wilburn

Organic Tomatoes and Spring Veggies


Roy Wilburn, aka Farmer Roy, was a commercial grower of row crops in Baja CA for 20 years and an herb grower in Oceanside CA for three years. For the past 5 years, he has been the Horticulture Manager for Sunshine Care, A Community of Assisted Living Homes in Poway, CA (www.sunshinecare.com)

When he is not in the greenhouse and gardens of Sunshine Care, producing organic fruits and vegetables for the residents and families in need in the Poway/Rancho Bernardo area, he is spreading his knowledge to groups and clubs throughout San Diego County ,so that members may be successful in growing their own produce. Helping school gardens, community gardens and food bank gardens are his passion.
Roy is currently a member of the Farm Bureau and on the Executive Boards of the San Diego Horticultural Society and the San Diego Community Garden Network. He is also Co-President of the Poway Valley Garden Club, Horticulture Chairperson for the Bernardo Gardeners Club and a Master Composter.

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.


Ari Tenenbaum

Getting Your Garden to Grow

Ari Tenenbaum

Ari Tenenbaum is a San Diego native who earned his B. S. in Plant Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has been a licensed landscape contractor since 2009 when he helped found Revolution Landscape, a full service landscaping company that specializes in the design, installation, and maintenance of edible and eco-friendly landscapes. Since its inception, Revolution Landscape has been featured in numerous publications including the SD Union Tribune, Edible San Diego, the La Jolla Light, and many more. Ari frequently gives educational seminars about organic gardening and is also a regular volunteer at local schools where he helps promote and facilitate garden-based learning opportunities for kids. Gardens designed and installed by Revolution Landscape may be visited on the 2014 California Native Plant Society’s Garden Tour and the 2014 Horticulture Society’s Spring Garden Tour. For more information please visit

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.

Marcia Van Loy

Attracting Birds and Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Marcia Van Loy ResizeMarcia Van Loy has been a volunteer with the Master Gardener Association for 13 years. She has gardened for over 30 years in the Clairemont area of San Diego and in the past coordinated their Town Council’s annual garden tour for nine years. After many years of collecting rustic bird houses, she now teaches Master Gardeners how to build them as a way to raise funds for their educational programs.

Marcia is a sought-after speaker and has shared her depth of knowledge with many regional gardening organizations. Her insights and techniques are verified and easy to understand and will give you a head start in attracting hummingbirds and butterflies into your garden. Her garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat and was featured in the San Diego Home and Garden Magazine’s April 2013 edition. Growing plants for hummingbirds and butterflies in her hillside garden is one of Marcia’s favorite subjects to share with others.