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Jacqueline McGee

Sub-Region: Southern California Coastal, Inland
State: California

Biographical Information

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Background Information

Briefly describe the climate where you garden now (climate zone, state, area) and any other areas where you have gardened in the past.
Zone 23, California, North San Diego County. Micro climate: Garden has a bit of a coastal influence.

How long have you been gardening?
30 years.

What triggered your interest?
A friend who specialized in bromeliads.

What is your specialty, expertise or claim to fame?

What formal education do you have?
BA Political Science, Masters Degree Urban Planning.

What formal horticultural training do you have?
Master Gardening training, Docent training Quail Botanical Gardens.

What is your favorite garden or plant-related topic? Tell us a little about them.
Drought tolerant plants and there use in the garden.

What is your biggest gardening pet peeve? Tell us about it.
Snails and rabbits.

How much time per week do you spend gardening?
Few hours, more if my back is well.

How much time per week do you spend working at the business of gardening, such as consulting, reading, writing or talking about your gardening subject?
8 hours a week working for Master Gardeners and for the San Diego Horticultural Society.

What gardening or horticultural clubs, societies, or organizations (or any other interest) do you belong to?
Lake San Marcos Garden Club, Master Gardeners Association of San Diego and the San Diego Horticultural Society.

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Gardening Questions

What do you like most about gardening?
Peaceful, clears the mind.

What do you dislike most about gardening?
Having a beautiful plant destroyed by snails or eaten by rabbits.

What individual has influenced your gardening interest the most? How?
A dear friend who is an avid gardener. We go on tours together and talk constantly about plants.

What is your favorite place or activity in the garden?
My patio, pruning shrubs.

What is your favorite time in the garden?

What is your favorite public or private garden in the world? Why?
Quail Botanical Gardens for it's diversity, Buena Creek Gardens for the unusual plants.

What is your favorite color in the garden?
Yellow and lavender.

If you could grow only one plant, what would it be?
Any euphorbia.

What plant have you tried to grow that has given you the most trouble? Or, what plant would you like to grow and can't, and why?
Salvias have not done well in my garden. Would love to grow peonies but they don't grow here.

What is your favorite gardening outfit or costume?
An old pair of leotards, a very old sweatshirt.

Do you have a gardening philosophy you would like to share with other gardeners? What is it?
I like to have something of interest in my garden in every season. Don't be afraid to use plants that go dormant or deciduous.

Who is your own favorite gardening personality on TV, radio or in print? Why?
Steve Brigham of Buena Creek Gardens and Felder Rushing.

What is the one question about gardening you would really like people to ask you?

And what's the answer?

What is a garden myth you hear frequently which you know is untrue?

And, what is the reality?

What group or kind of person do you think would benefit most from the advice you can give on gardening?
Anyone with a small garden.

Would you like to participate, or can you recommend someone who you think should? We're always looking for more expert gardeners to tell about their philosophies and give their plant recommendations contact us and we'll get started (it's easy and a great way to promote yourself).

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