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A Wisconsin Garden Designed for All Seasons (15 photos)

With its range of colors and varied textures, this Wisconsin garden delights in all seasons. Landscape designer Michael Patek made sure the landscape would provide year-round interest through blooms, grasses, silhouettes and bark. He also provided privacy from the neighbors, made the most of vistas...

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Shop Houzz: Laundry Room Overhaul (106 photos)

Stylish fixtures and clever organizers can help create a laundry room that’s both beautiful and efficient. Whether your laundry space is in a garage, basement, closet or kitchen — or it has a room all its own — you can jazz it up with a few key pieces in fresh colors and patterns. Browse this collection...

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4 Reasons Not to Rush the Spring Garden Cleanup (5 photos)

For some of us, especially those in the eastern U.S., spring can’t come soon enough. But no matter where we are, the spring itch is fully upon us — and I’m here to urge you to think twice about scratching. Why shouldn’t you clean up the garden just yet?

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12 Stunning Spring Container Gardens (12 photos)

Spring into the new season with potted vignettes that exclaim “out with winter” and “in with buds and blooms.” Here are 12 container combinations — with pastel-petaled tulips, sunny daffodils, bright green foliage and sweet strawberries — that capture spring in all its glory.

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Cherry Tomato Plant Does Double Duty as a Design Element (9 photos)

Cherry tomatoes have been loved by vegetable gardeners since the beginning of the 20th century. This year, why not make the most of their fast-growing foliage and brilliantly colored fruits outside of the vegetable garden, and let them take center stage? They can brighten your garden from spring through...

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Houzz Tour: Modern Farmhouse Look for a New Suburban Home (16 photos)

“Modern farmhouse” is a look that many homeowners are going for these days, and it’s a term we throw around a lot. But what exactly does it mean? In this home outside Boston, it’s a mix of old and new, primitive and refined, with a few winks toward traditional farmhouse architecture. The farmhouse touches...

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Houzz Tour: Views Abound in a New Zealand Beach House (22 photos)

The problem with living at a popular beach resort year-round is balancing everyday needs with the barefoot beach informality of summer vacations. Add in a couple of generations of family visitors and a lively social life, and it takes some smart planning to pull off a home that works for every need....

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6 Steps to Creating Your Butterfly Garden (14 photos)

Butterflies are among the most beloved insects. Someone once called them flying flowers. They float, they flutter and they dazzle us with their colors. We relish their dance of spring. Then there’s the bad news: Because of pesticides and habitat loss, the populations of our cherished butterflies is in...

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Ideas for Refreshing Your Kitchen Without Remodeling (9 photos)

If you’d like to update your kitchen but a full renovation isn’t in your budget, a little DIY might be just the thing. Think flea market shopping, a can of paint or two, even a little sewing if you’re up for it. Below are eight cost-effective ideas for improving your kitchen from our My...

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10 Tips for Leaving a Garden Behind (11 photos)

Moving is a fact of life for most Americans. About 12 percent of us, or 1 in 9 — will move in any given year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Leaving the gardens we have lovingly designed and tended is a difficult part...

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Shop Houzz: 5-Star-Rated Chandeliers (109 photos)

Flattering, soft lighting floods the room as guests chat and laugh and mingle. You keep a keen eye on the party, but you know that half the battle is won because you’ve set the perfect mood with a shining chandelier that makes your space feel dressed to impress everyone who steps into the...

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Little by Little: Why Growing a Bonsai Could Change Your Life (18 photos)

A bonsai is more than a tiny tree in a pot. The Japanese adapted the skill of bonsai, which means “tree in a tray,” centuries ago from Chinese penjing, scaled-down potted landscapes often with figurines. Bonsai focuses on growing a single tree and is more formal and minimalist. The leisurely craft...

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Houzz Tour: Weekend Fishing Cabin Rises in New Zealand (13 photos)

Waipahi village, a dot on the map with a community hall, is five minutes’ drive from New Zealand’s country-western music capital of Gore. It’s so tiny that it doesn’t rate its own population count. But it is famous in New Zealand’s deep south as the home of the Waipahi Gold Cup, the oldest fishing competition...

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Pet of the Week: Meet Steve, 90 Pounds of Furry Fun (6 photos)

The American Kennel Society says Great Pyrenees dogs are calm, patient and smart. That may describe Steve now, but when he was a 35-pound puppy, the Great Pyrenees was the energetic life of the party when accompanying owner and interior designer Pangaea on photo shoots. These days, he’s a hefty 90-pound...

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Great Home Project: Pass-Through Kitchen Window (13 photos)

As spring approaches, it’s time to think about home projects that will help us enjoy the warm weather that’s coming. If you’ve been wondering how to make your home more conducive to indoor-outdoor living, consider a pass-through window. It will cut out those precarious trips in and out the door with...

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Shop Houzz: Up to 75% Off Vanity Lighting and Vanities (133 photos)

Ready for a bathroom makeover? Updating your vanity area can enhance your daily routine with more counter space and better lighting — not to mention enhance the design of your room. Organized by hue, this collection features discounted vanities and lights that will help you stick to your...

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A Minimalist’s Guide to Maximalism (8 photos)

For those of us who have truly embraced minimalism — with its ever-present clean lines, bright spaces and an impressive lack of things to dust — the rapidly developing trend of maximalism might feel completely demoralizing.
It’s true that hashtags like #maximalism and #maximalistdesign are making...

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Room of the Day: Ohio Family Room Gets a Bold Costume Change (5 photos)

Designer Sebastian Herald was part of this project before it even existed: He joined his client on his real estate hunt for the ideal retirement retreat in a town and state radically different from the big cities where his client had spent his career as a movie costume designer. Once the house was selected,...

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My Houzz: Eclectic Studio in the Heart of New York City (21 photos)

Interior designer Molly Torres and her fiancé, Harry Portnof, a record label owner and certified public accountant, found the perfect apartment in the heart of New York City. It’s located near the Fashion Institute of Technology, her former school, as well as Portnof’s office, and friends live in the...

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High-Impact Houseplants for First-Timers (15 photos)

If you’re a beginning gardener or haven’t had much luck keeping houseplants alive in the past, bookmark this list. These 10 foolproof plants will boost your indoor-gardening confidence with their forgiving growing habits and stylish forms and foliage. We have the usual easy-care suspects — looking at...

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The Joyful, Clutter-Free Home: Office (8 photos)

Whether you work from home part time (or full time), or use your home office for keeping track of household accounts, this space is likely to be a magnet for paper clutter. In this series, we’re approaching each room in the house from the perspective of identifying what sparks...

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Shop Houzz: 5-Star-Rated Area Rugs (97 photos)

Area rugs are the unsung heroes of home decor. Carrying the weight of tables and shoes and being a big style element, they’re practically put through boot camp every day. The rugs here have already moved up high in the ranks, so you can be at ease while choosing. Star ratings...

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Spectacular Blooms Distinguish the Common Lilac Bush (8 photos)

Cold-winter gardeners who look longingly at the wide array of flowering plants available to gardeners in warmer climes, don’t despair. You can lay claim to what is arguably one of the loveliest and most fragrant plants of all time, a plant that loves a good cold winter: the common lilac (Syringa...

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Before and After: 5 Striking Exterior Makeovers (17 photos)

So you love the schools, the neighborhood and the yard, but when you pull up to your house, you don’t like the way it looks. But there are aspects of it that you do like, and you can’t bear the thought of tearing it down. Often a better solution is a major makeover. It’s hard to believe that some of...

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Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. In gardens, ornamental plants are often grown for their flowers, foliage, or overall appearance; useful plants, such as root vegetables, leaf vegetables, fruits, and herbs, are grown for consumption, for use as dyes, or for medicinal or cosmetic use. Gardening is considered to be a relaxing activity for many people.

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San Diego Spring Home/Garden Show

  • Garden Masters Judges
    Each year the San Diego Horticultural Society invites a panel of judges for the garden displays who are experts in their fields of design and horticulture. This year the panel includes:
  • Steve Gerisher
    Pacific Horticulture Society Steve Gerischer, an award winning landscape designer, teacher, and former president of the Southern California Horticulture Society, has been gardening locally since childhood. He has appeared on HGTV’s ‘Landscaper’s Challenge (where his was the design chosen and installed) and formerly worked and lectured at Smith & Hawken in Beverly Hills, and Hortus, in […]
  • Nate Magnusson
    Nate Magnusson has over a decade of experience in landscape architecture. His work includes residential facilities, parks, commercial/industrial projects, and urban landscape design. Mr. Magnusson has extensive experience in project management, production, graphics, drafting, site design, layout design, grading, cost estimation, and construction details. He has managed numerous private and public projects in Southern California, […]
  • Nan Sterman
    A Growing Passion California native Nan Sterman is host and co-producer of the award winning public TV show, A Growing Passion, which celebrates all the ways that San Diego “grows,” from farms and nurseries to backyards ands schoolyards, to native habitats and more.  Nan is author of California Gardener’s Guide vII and Waterwise Plants for […]
  • Stacey Sturnot
    Terra Pacific Landscape CLCA San Diego Chapter President Stacey is a self-confessed “Plant Nerd” with over 23 years’ experience in the Green Industry, beginning her journey installing yards for her father’s home building business in high school. She furthered her passion in high school with Horticulture classes that included Garden Design and Plant Production. This […]