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What's Happening in the Community

Mitch has added Allium sativum 'Inchelium Red' to his plants list. 8 hours 41 minutes ago
Mitch has added Pisum sativum 'Oregon Giant' to his plants list. 13 hours 35 minutes ago
Mitch has added Beta vulgaris 'Bright Lights' to his plants list. 13 hours 40 minutes ago
Mitch Shirts commented on Allium x proliferum yesterday

Great article here wimastergardener.org/article/egyptian-walking-onions/ about these...

Mitch Shirts commented on Averrhoa carambola yesterday

I tried, but I bought a little tiny seedling and forgot to water it and it didn't make it (sorry...

Mitch has added Averrhoa carambola to his cemetery list. yesterday
Mitch Shirts commented on Asclepias speciosa yesterday

I couldn't get this to grow in my coastal southern California garden. I tried and tried but no luck.

Mitch has added Asclepias speciosa to his cemetery list. yesterday
Mitch has uploaded a new photo to Armoracia rusticana yesterday

Horseradish

Mitch Shirts commented on Arctotis spp. yesterday

I killed these, well technically my chickens killed these. I see them all over the place, so I'll...

Mitch has added Arctotis spp. to his cemetery list. yesterday
Mitch Shirts commented on Ananas comosus yesterday

I killed another pineapple this season. I put them in a pot and didn't pay enough attention and...

Evergreen Nursery has uploaded a new photo to Loropetalum chinense 2 days ago

Loropetalum chinense 'Razzleberri'

Evergreen Nursery has uploaded a new photo to Loropetalum chinense 'Razzleberri' 2 days ago

Loropetalum chinense 'Razzleberri'

giamanco has added Calliandra californica to his plants list. 1 week ago
giamanco has added Caesalpinia spp to his plants list. 1 week ago
giamanco has added Arctostaphylos hookeri x pajaroensis 'Sunset' to his plants list. 1 week ago
giamanco has added Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Dr. Hurd' to his plants list. 1 week ago
giamanco has added Arctostaphylos manzanita to his plants list. 1 week ago
giamanco has added Abutilon palmeri to his plants list. 1 week ago
  • Gardening Background

  • Biographical Information
    I'm a gardener. I just love plants, gardens and the people who like plants and gardens.

    I have been involved in plants and gardens my whole life. From native plants to collectable plants and all of those in between, I enjoy sharing what I have learned and learning what I don't know. I am a professional horticulturist, managing one of the nation's busiest and best known garden centers, Roger's Gardens in coastal Orange County, CA.

    I hope to help people discover the virtues of gardening as well as the value of plants to the planet and to our lives. In addition to being a garden center manager, I am a speaker and writer. My gardening passions continue to evolve but currently reside in the genus Oxalis, especially the South African species (no kidding), Ipheion, Eucomis, etc.

    Issues I am interested in include the introduction and appreciation of more climate appropriate plants, reduced green waste, groundwater concerns, the new botanical garden at the Great Park in Orange County and the ever changing "California" garden from a style perspective.
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  • Website
    www.rogersgardens.com
  • Occupation
    Nursery General Manager
  • Gardening Ability
    6 - Gardening Professional
  • My 5 favorite plants are
    This week: Oxalis, Ipheion, Lachenalia, Euphorbia, Paramongia. Succulents, especially dwarf Agave and Aloe.
  • If you could grow only one plant, what would it be?
    Oxalis - seriously.
  • What is your favorite time in the garden?
    The fall (aboput October and November). In southern California this is the beginning of the prime season. It is when Mediterranean plants are waking up again and preparing for their season of growth, flowering and reproduction.
    It is the time when the temperatures are perfect for so many plants, as well as the gardener.
  • What is your favorite color in the garden?
    Green and all of its derivations.
  • What is your favorite place or activity in the garden?
    At my collection tables of unusual or rare plants; especially when I notice something unexpected about a plant that I had overlooked previously.
  • What is your favorite public or private garden in the world? Why?
    RHS Wisley, outside of London is hard to beat.
  • Gardening Dilemmas
    How to afford all the plants that I want, and how to find the space and time to grow them.
  • What do you dislike most about gardening?
    Gardeners who do not follow responsible practices to protect and conserve our resources, including water, runoff, green waste, watershed pollution, and so on. As gardeners in our own gardens, we have a responsibility to the larger "garden" that we all share.
  • What do you like most about gardening?
    Finding new plants that I have not grown or experienced before and then sharing my experiences with others.
  • Company/Organization
    Roger's Gardens
  • Favorite Nursery
    Of course Roger's Gardens. Otherwise, my personal likes are usually mail-order suppliers. Of the fairly mainstrean suppliers I especially like Yucca Do Nursery, Plant Delights, Telos Rare Bulbs and Asiatica Nursery.
  • Education

  • Favorite Quote
    When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
    John Muir
  • Interests
    Gardening, horticultural education, writing, new plants - especially those that are climate appropriate.
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  • I would like to promote my gardening expertise
    Yes

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