Here's What Trending: Valuable New Plants for Changing California Gardens

Date:  Saturday, October 23
Time:  11:00am

Join Nicholas Staddon, an unabashed plant fanatic, as he navigates us through a cornucopia of regional appropriate plants for our southern California gardens, both in-ground and container plantings. He always has a firm eye on the environment and will suggest plants and habitat that support the wildlife struggling to live with us, as homeowners have the critical opportunity to create gardens that support wildlife as well as plants. Rarely by the book, there will be lots to inspire you to try in your own personal space. And speaking of books. Nicholas is an avid reader and will suggest several regional appropriate plant books to add to your collection.

Location: All Seminars are FREE with your admission and will be held in the Pat O’Brian Hall

Nicholas Staddon

Horticultural Consultant, spokesperson for TreeTown USA and former Director of New Plants, Monrovia

Nicholas Staddon has been working with plant breeders, hybridizers, and professional plant explorers for 25 years, scouring the globe for new creations and discoveries in the plant world. Born in England, Nicholas received credentials in Agricultural Science from Otley Agricultural College.

When he first arrived in the U.S. he managed garden centers in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, “where the vistas will move your heart and the gardening will break it,” he says. He went on to work for Monrovia Growers for 27 years, 15 of which as the leader of the New Plant program. Nicholas resides in Southern California and is working with TreeTown USA as their Spokesperson and Plantsman, supporting their marketing and new plant introduction programs. He is a sought-after speaker and guest for gardening television and radio shows across the country.

He works closely with professional garden writers, providing information on plants and sharing his views on garden trends and more. He has created a series of informative ‘Plant Savvy’ videos, available on YouTube, and recently partnered with Kellogg Garden Products for a video series on soil and soil amendments for the garden and landscape. Nicholas is affiliated with the Royal Horticulture Society, Plant California Alliance, and AmericanHort. He is on the Board of Advisors for the Mediterranean Garden Society of Southern California, Mount San Antonio College Agricultural Sciences program, Climate Ready Landscape Plants, a USDA SCMP Project, and Cal-HIP (California Horticultural Invasives Prevention), which is a voluntary partnership to help gardeners and the horticultural industry to proactively address the problem of invasive plants in the trade.

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