Janet Sluis is a Berkeley-based horticulturalist specializing in low water, regionally appropriate, easy care plants. Focused on replacing thirsty, labor-intensive varieties with colorful, resilient alternatives, she works with plant breeders all over the world. Her plant collection test garden is featured in The Sunset Western Garden Book of Easy-Care Plantings and can be visited in person as part of the Sunset test gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma. As a sixth-generation member of a Dutch seed family, Janet suspects that plants are in her DNA. After studying marketing, horticulture, and agricultural business, she spent twenty years in production and product development for wholesale plant nurseries in California. When Janet is not traveling in search of new plants, you can find her pulling weeds and battling slugs in her organic Berkeley test garden. Find Janet at https://bit.ly/33bnWYH
Coming Attractions: Sunset’s Must-Have Plants for 2022
Janet Sluis has just about any garden lover’s dream job – as the horticulturist and director of the Sunset Western Garden Collection. Janet spends her time with test trials of all kinds of plants for low water gardens, so you don’t have to. Discover many plants that have had proven success in the Sunset Western Garden Collection test gardens. These are plants with many positive virtues; low water landscapes can still be lush and full of color, providing a haven for you, as well as local pollinators. Plant breeders worldwide have been working overtime to develop varieties for summer dry climates like ours. See which ones are at the top of the list in the Sunset trials and selected especially for your Southern California garden.