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The following members have extensive experience in the areas indicated below. From fruits and vegetables to tropical plants. One of them should be able to answer any question you might have about a certain plant or gardening problem.

Fruits and Vegetables

fruitsLearn a lot about fruit vegetables and what is needed to keep our fruit trees healthy and strong.



Lynn Paine

geramiums specialistPelargoniums are evergreen perennials indigenous to Southern Africa, and are drought tolerant, but can tolerate only minor frosts. Geraniums, on the other hand, are one of many annual or perennial plants, most from the Northern Hemisphere, having symmetrical flowers borne singly or in clusters. They are extremely popular garden plants, grown as bedding plants in temperate regions. Lynn is the Vista Garden Club specialist on the many available varieties. .


Tropical/Subtripical Fruit

Expert on growing the many tropical/subtropical fruits that can be grown, harvested, and enjoyed in our area. Not many regions of our great country can grow these interesting, delicious, exotic fruits, but North Tropical GardensCounty San Diego is blessed with fabulous weather able and willing to nourish and flourish these nutritious fruit trees.


bird and butterflysBirds, Butterflies and Backyard Habita
Paula White

If you love attracting birds, there’s a good chance you’re already planting, growing and gardening with them in mind. But a backyard habitat can benefit so many other species, with a little time and effort. So what’s the best way to maximize your backyard space for local wildlife? And how do you get more bang for your buck? Paula has the answers!  Birds and butterflies will flock to your yard when their three main needs - food, water, and shelter - are available, no matter how urban the setting. Learn how to satisfy the needs of nature's creatures.


Master Gardener Hot Line
UCSD 858 694-2960

Carol Zukowski

FlowersThere are over 100 species of Roses. They form a group of erect shrubs, and climbing or trailing plants, with stems that are often armed with sharp.


Trees/Shrubs and Perennials
Dan Cannou

yellow treeHave you ever wondered what tree would be the best selection for your yard. Dan is our expert on trees and shrubs. He can tell you how big the trees or shrubs will become over the years. Dan also knows and can tell you all about perennials. Click here for further information.


Floral Design and Consultant
Suzy Long

veggiesSuzy brings a variety of creative ideas using your everday containers and flowers from your garden into beautiful table arrangements. Suzy attends our monthly meetings showing new creations each month with clever, innovative designs that we can all use in our own homes. Everyone looks forward to her unique, usable flower arrangements.


Jane Schecter

Do you have a fascination of orchids and an interest in their cultivation?  Are you confused about medium, fertilizer, water, light, etc.?  Do you want to grow Cattleya, Cymbidiums, Dendrobium, Epidendrum in your own backyard?  You're not alone, and you can get help from Jane with suggestions, exchanging information and experiences to help improve your plant's culture and care.


California Native Plants
Marsha Bode

native plantsAre California Native plants in your future with benefits like extreme drought tolerance, fire resistance, low maintenance, and habitat value?  It’s proven that a native southern California garden can be both beautiful and successful, and create not only wildlife habitat for birds, hummingbirds, butterflies and beneficial insects but are also interesting, colorful and functional, while at the same time creating beautiful gardens that are the pride of the neighborhood.  Contact Marsha with questions, concerns and plant recommendations.  



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