Lucy Warren


Lucy Warren, Co-author, The California Native Landscape and The Drought-Defying California Garden

Several decades ago Lucy Warren left her business career to follow her passion for plants and horticulture, becoming a UCCE certified Master Gardener in 1994. As a garden writer, she was editor of California Garden magazine, penned articles and a gardening column on edible plants for the San Diego Union Tribune, and many gardening publications. She collaborated on the University of California public information pamphlet on killer bees. She is co-author of two books on California native plants with Greg Rubin: The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner’s Guide to Restoring its Balance and Beauty (2013) and The Drought-Defying California Garden: 230 Native Plants for a Lush, Low-water Landscape (2016, both from Timber Press. Lucy worked for the flower and garden show at the San Diego County Fair for many years and continues work on the Spring Home/Garden Show. She has served on many boards, including San Diego Horticultural Society, Pacific Horticulture Society, and the California Garden & Landscape History Society. As board member and horticulture chair of Friends of Balboa Park, her ‘Adopt A Plot’ program has resulted in many upgrades in Balboa Park gardens. Lucy has appeared on numerous local television news segments and frequently makes presentations to garden clubs and other organizations.