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Hot Colors, Dry Garden

Watch for Hot Colors, Dry Garden, Nan's upcoming book on beautiful, colorful, low water gardens to be published by Timber Press in 2018

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Water-Wise Plants for the Southwest


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California Gardener's Guide Volume II


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The ONLY book about low water plants and Mediterranean climate gardening written specifically for California home gardeners

"Smart plants for today's gardener" (Sunset Magazine)
...a California gardening expert who embraces sustainable practices such as designing with drought-tolerant plants...(Pacific Horticulture)

Bye Bye Grass Class

Wondering how to get rid of your lawn and what to put in its place? Bye Bye Grass is the class for you.

Classes are scheduled throughout San Diego. Contact to set a class up in your area.

Great Garden Speakers

Nan Sterman is one of California's leading voices on how to:

  • Create beautiful, low water gardens
  • Create sustainable gardens
  • Grow organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs
  • Remove and replace lawn with beautiful, low water plants

Discover the many ways that Nan helps people create the gardens of their dreams. Click here to read about the sustainable garden Nan created for her own family

Vegetable Garden Seed Starting Workshops, March/April 2017

In this workshop, Nan Sterman teaches you how to plant and grow vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs from seed. You'll plant and take home your entire vegetable garden in just two hours!

Nan shares her secrets, tips, and techniques developed over the years for her own garden and while testing seeds for Organic Gardening magazine.

You'll learn:
-- How to start different kinds of seeds
-- The best time of year for starting seeds
-- How to interpret seed packets
-- Nan's favorite seed starting tools and supplies (you'll be surprised!)
-- How to avoid common mistakes and failures

If you've dreamed of growing vegetables from seed or struggled with seeds in the past, this workshop is for you!

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A Growing Passion TV

Season Five of A Growing Passion with host Nan Sterman debuts on KPBS Public Television in San Diego, Thursday, April 20, 2017 nights at 8:30 pm and on-line all the time at Join Nan as she takes you adventuring through the wide and amazing world of plants. Watch past season shows at

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