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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 2014

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Water-Wise Plants for the Southwest

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California Gardener's Guide Volume II

by Nan Sterman

Retail: $24.99
Introductory offer: $22.49

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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. Click to find one near you. Or 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

From Santa Barbara to Ojai, A Spring Fling Garden Tour

April 20 - 24, 2015: Join Nan Sterman and a select group of travelers as we explore the amazing horticultural offerings of Santa Barbara and the Ojai Valley.

This region is a garden and plant lover's Eden. We visit public and private gardens, nurseries and more: Lotusland, Casa del Herrero, Rose Story Farm, Taft Garden, San Marcos Growers, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and others are on this tour's itinerary. To download a tour announcement, click here.

Please email for a reservation form.

Nan's tours are designed for people who love gardens and love to garden: professional designers, garden writers and communicators, Master Gardeners, and those for whom gardening is a way of life.

A Growing Passion TV

Season three of A Growing Passion with host Nan Sterman returns on Thursday nights, starting March, 2015 and on KPBS television in San Diego. and on line at

Discover the history of the gardens in Balboa Park, our incredible citrus industry, be inspired by beautiful gardens on tour throughout our communities, learn about "good bugs" and more...

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