Seminar Speaker Biographies

2019 Seminar Schedule at a glance

FRIDAY, March 1

12:00 Debra Lee BaldwinSuccess with Succulents
Author Debra Lee Baldwin shares insights on selection, using and caring for succulents. She will have her popular books on succulents available for sale and signing both before and after her presentation
1:00 Steve HarbourHire the RIGHT Landscape Professional and Save Money
Are you embarking new landscape project but don’t know where to start?  Join us as Landscape Consultant Designer Steve Harbour discusses the necessary steps homeowners need to take to ensure their projects turn out successfully.  Steve will discuss hiring the right design and installation professionals, what to expect as the process unfolds, what materials and services cost, and the best way to keep your project within budget. Steve will have his books available for sale and signing after his presentation.
2:00 Tony GurnoeGarden Up with Low Water Hanging Plants
Tony will be describing and demonstrating how gardeners can take advantage of the natural growing habits of epiphytic plants to add interest and dimension to their landscapes without a lot of additional water or work. This presentation will include a brief description of orchids, bromeliads, aroids and other plants that can grow without soil. I’ll also touch on substrates suitable for this type of mounting, and include a demonstration of how to setup and care for hanging planters.
3:00 Candace VanderhoffCreate a Pollinator Sanctuary with Solitary Native Bees
There are 20,000 species of native bees in the world, 97% of these are solitary, do not sting or make honey, but are super pollinators. Come learn how you can invite these gentle bees to your garden with flowers, water and a native bee shelter. Candace Vanderhoff the founder of SoloBee, a local bee shelter manufacturing company will share how she began inviting bees to her San Diego garden and how you can too.
4:00 Greg RubinCalifornia Native Landscapes
The perfect solution for local landscapes and drought conditions has been determined by Mother Nature, but we need to learn how to listen to her lessons to create beautiful spaces. Greg and his co-author, Lucy Warren, will have their popular books on California native landscaping available for sale and signing after his presentation.
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SATURDAY, March 2

11:00 Debra Lee BaldwinSuccess with Succulents
Author Debra Lee Baldwin shares insights on selection, using and caring for succulents. She will have her popular books on succulents available for sale and signing both before and after her presentation.
12:00 Nan StermanSpice Up Your Life with Herbs
Fresh herbs are a great addition to your garden and kitchen. Learn how to grow great herbs in our San Diego gardens and pot some up to take home. Nan will have copies of her popular gardening books available for sale and signing after her presentation.
1:00 Linda BreslerCarefree, Colorful California Gardens
Succulents are all the craze but there are many beautiful plants that can be combined with succulents for a gorgeous easy-care garden. Linda will share and talk about many colorful low water plants that are perfect for San Diego gardens.
2:00 Jeff MooreSoft Succulents
There are many types of succulents, but many garden and collector favorites are the non-spiny ones, including aeoniums, echeverias, kalanchoes, sedums, crassulas, etc .  Jeff will show them in containers and combinations, talk about care and feeding and answer questions. Jeff will have his book available for sale and signing after his presentation. He will likely bring a few plants to sell, as well.
3:00 Tom Del HotalSpring and Summer Fruit Tree Care
Tom will be giving recommendations for what is needed to bring the most juicy and delicious fruit from your garden to your table for the upcoming season.  Tips on watering, fertilizing, fruit thinning, pest control and harvesting will be discussed.
4:00 Greg RubinCalifornia Native Landscapes
The perfect solution for local landscapes and drought conditions has been determined by Mother Nature, but we need to learn how to listen to her lessons to create beautiful spaces. Greg and his co-author, Lucy Warren, will have their popular books on California native landscaping available for sale and signing after his presentation.
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SUNDAY, March 3

11:00 Gregg OpgenorthPalms for San Diego
Everyone loves palms. Gregg will talk about the best palms for your landscape, both familiar ones and exciting new ones just coming into the trade. He will also touch on ones to avoid as new pests invade our area.
12:00 Nan StermanSpice Up Your Garden with Herbs
Fresh herbs are a great addition to your garden and kitchen. Learn how to grow great herbs in our San Diego gardens and pot some up to take home. Nan will have copies of her popular gardening books available for sale and signing after her presentation.
1:00 Linda BreslerCarefree, Colorful California Gardens
Succulents are all the craze but there are many beautiful plants that can be combined with succulents for a gorgeous easy-care garden. Linda will share and talk about many colorful low water plants that are perfect for San Diego gardens.
2:00 Tony GurnoeGarden Up with Low Water Hanging Plants
Tony will be describing and demonstrating how gardeners can take advantage of the natural growing habits of epiphytic plants to add interest and dimension to their landscapes without a lot of additional water or work. This presentation will include a brief description of orchids, bromeliads, aroids and other plants that can grow without soil. I’ll also touch on substrates suitable for this type of mounting, and include a demonstration of how to setup and care for hanging planters.
3:00 Roy WilburnTomatoes – The King of the Spring!
Learn as Farmer Roy discusses the different types and varieties of tomatoes to plant in your spring garden. Get tips on how to seed, plant, prep your soil, water, fertilize, control pests and perform cultural practices to grow the tastiest treats from your organic garden.

Seminar Speaker Biographies

Debra Lee Baldwin

Success with Succulents

Whether your garden occupies an acre or a patio, succulents can serve as easy-care, low water problem-solvers. As Debra introduces these textural, intriguing plants–which come in every size and color–you’ll find inspiration and ideas to express your creativity and beautifully enhance your outdoor living spaces.

Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens and Succulents Simplified, idea-rich bestsellers that have significantly impacted garden design in Southern California and beyond. Debra’s books are the first to show how to use these easy-care “plants that drink responsibly” as a living palette, rich in color, variety and texture.

Debra developed her appealing-yet-practical aesthetic during years of scouting and writing for and Sunset magazine and other publications. An in-demand speaker, she continually updates her presentations based on new and intriguing designs by top landscapers and creative homeowners.

Debra has presented at the Huntington, Denver, Berkeley and San Diego botanical gardens; garden clubs and horticultural societies nationwide; and major flower shows in Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco. Her own garden in Escondido, CA has been in Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset and San Diego Home/Garden, among other publications.   www.debraleebaldwin.com 

Steve Harbour

Hire the RIGHT Landscape Professional and Save Money

Steven Harbouris a California native with nearly forty years of professional experience as a landscape designer and horticultural expert. He is an APLD Certified Landscape Designer, and has also served as an ISA Certified Arborist and CAN California Certified Nurseryman. His designs have garnered accolades and awards, including two 1stPlaces in Design/Build with the San Diego Contractors Association (CLCA) and a 1stPlace – Best of Show at the San Diego Home and Garden Show.  Steve has authored two books on landscaping, and most recently, 15 of his landscapes were featured in Water-Smart Gardening by Diana Maranhao, published by Cool Springs Press.

www.steveharbourlandscapes.com

Steve will have his books available for sale and signing after his presentation.

Tony Gurnoe

Garden Up with Low Water Hanging Plants

Tony Gurnoe, Director of Horticulture at the San Diego Botanic Garden, oversees and coordinates all collection development, horticultural management, and conservation projects at the garden. Tony’s background is in sustainable horticultural crop production, ecological restorative planting, and ex-situ conservation of California natives, cycads, and threatened subtropical species. His recent experience creating the floating tropical displays for the botanic garden’s new conservatory encouraged a passion to share what he has learned about gardening with epiphytes.

www.sdbgarden.org

Candace Vanderhoff

Create a Pollinator Sanctuary with Solitary Native Bees

Candace Vanderhoff, the founder of SoloBee, a local bee shelter manufacturing company.

www.solobee.com

Greg Rubin

California Native Landscaping

Greg-Rubin

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

Nan Sterman

Spice Up Your Life with Home Grown Herbs

California native Nan Sterman is host and co-producer of the award winning public TV show, A Growing Passion, which connects plants, people, and the planet.  Nan is author of the brand new Hot Color, Dry Garden, California Gardener’s Guide vII and Waterwise Plants for the Southwest.  She leads international garden tours (this year to Philadelphia and the Brandywine Valley) and designs gardens for San Diegans who desire beautiful edible, low water, and sustainable gardens. For more information, visit www.WaterwiseGardener.com  and www.AGrowingPassion.com

Linda Bresler

Carefree, Colorful California Gardens

Linda Bresler

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. She is a certified Landscape Contractor.

www.livingdesignsbylinda.com

Jeff Moore

Soft Succulents

Jeff Moore has operated Solana Succulents in Solana Beach since 1992. He gained a bit of notoriety for his undersea succulent gardens at the Del Mar Fair and Spring Home/Garden shows. A well-recognized expert, for the past 5 years he has been publishing beautiful and informative books on succulents. He is currently working on the fourth in the series. Jeff is married with two grown sons.

www.solanasucculents.com

Jeff is the author of three books: Soft Succulents: Aeoniums, Echeverias, Crassulas, Sedums, Kalanchoes, and Related PlantsUnder the Spell of Succulents: A Sampler of the Diversity of Succulents in CultivationAloes and Agaves in Cultivation.

Tom Del Hotal

Spring and Summer Fruit Tree Care

A horticulturist and nurseryman for over 45 years, Tom is a Certified Arborist, a Certified Pesticide Applicator, holds four advanced certifications from the California Association of Nursery and Garden Centers and has been a member of the California Rare Fruit Growers for over 40 years. His specialty is in fruiting plants for warm winter climates such as Southern California. Tom has owned and operated his part-time business, Fantasia Gardens, from his home in Lemon Grove, CA. for more than 40 years.  His services include fruit tree pruning, consulting, and home and small scale orchard design and management. Tom was a part-time horticulture instructor in the Landscape and Nursery Department at Southwestern College for over 20 years, and currently works full-time in the garden department at the Lemon Grove Home Depot.

Gregg Opgenorth

Palms for San Diego

Gregg lives and gardens in Fallbrook California with his wife, Linda, and 2 golden retrievers. They have been building their garden for 17 years. Their focus has been on palms, succulents, and bamboo–not just having a collection but also incorporating good design. Gregg grew up in Colorado but has lived in California for 30 years.  He has worked in commercial nurseries of all kinds for 47 years. He is currently the Head Grower at East West Trees in Rainbow where they grow 600 varieties from 2” pots up to 48” box specimen trees on 36 acres. Their main products are succulents, cacti, palms, cordylines, varieties from the protea family, and birds of paradise.

www.eastwesttrees.com

Roy Wilburn

Tomatoes –The King of the Spring!

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 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.

www.sunshinecare.com

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Garden Masters Judges

Each year the San Diego Horticultural Society invites a panel of judges for the garden displays, who are experts in their fields of design and horticulture. This year the panel includes:

Steve Gerisher

Larkspur Landscape
Past President Pacific Horticulture Society and Los Angeles 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)

David Clarke

David Clarke Designs
President, Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), 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.

Rick Mandel

Ewing Irrigation
President, California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), San Diego Chapter

Philip Armstrong

The Lightfoot Planning Group
President, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), San Diego Chapter

With nearly 30 years of professional experience as a licensed landscape architect, Phil’s approach to project design applies creative and sustainable strategies that endeavor to realize a project’s full potential. As Senior Landscape Architect at The Lightfoot Planning Group in Carlsbad, Phil oversees staff resources that support a variety of project markets in both private and public sectors. He is an advocate for Low Impact Design and High-Performance Landscapes and has a proven track record of project success and client satisfaction. As a key member of a multi-disciplinary landscape and land use planning firm, he excels in coordinating project team professionals, owners and stakeholders in leveraging a collaborative design process for improved project outcomes.

Phil is the current President of The American Society of Landscape Architects – ASLA San Diego chapter. His executive board provides member support to over 200 fellow San Diego landscape architects and is preparing to host ASLA’s annual Conference on Landscape Architecture in November with over 7000 landscape architects from around the county and the globe in attendance.

Phil’s varied experience of shepherding projects from concept through construction includes; development support of residential communities, design of K-12 and community college campuses, sports field design, municipal facilities, streetscapes, and habitat restoration projects. He also provides assistance to Lightfoot’s planning staff on a variety of master and specific planning projects. He is a Carlsbad resident and enjoys camping, fly fishing and chasing a little white ball around the golf courses of North County.

Magen Shaw

Balboa Park Horticulturist
City of San Diego

Megan Shaw joined the City of San Diego as the Horticulturist for Balboa Park in 2017 bringing with her a broad background of experience in project management and environmental expertise.

She has already accomplished numerous updates to the gardens in the park and intends to diversify the urban forest to thrive in changing climactic conditions.

Magen Shaw double majored in Natural Resource Management and Restoration and Botany at San Jose State University specializing in plant communities of California. While there she ran the Environmental Resource Center for two years leading numerous significant seminars and projects.

Prior to joining the City of San Diego she worked for Davey Tree Service consulting with their forestry and biology departments throughout Southern California. She was Davey’s representative on a multidisciplinary/multi-industry working group for tree care for birds and wildlife. After working on the canopy study for Disneyland, she helped develop protocol for the tree inventory for Balboa Park.

Horticulture Judges

Each year the San Diego Horticultural Society invites a panel of judges for the garden displays, who are experts in their fields of design and horticulture. This year the panel includes:

John and Serena Noble

Coastal Sage Gardens

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