During the course of the year, Nicholas fastens his seatbelt, matter not if in a car or an aeroplane, and heads off to visit with Plantsmen and women near and far. He will share his latest discoveries that are worth a second look for California Landscapes. While we are all looking for plants that lean to be in the waterwise category. “There are always those that we can’t live without” says Nicholas. He has spent the last year attending many trade show as well. From Baltimore to Tampa, Columbus to Portland, Denver to San Antonio to San Francisco. Nicholas will share with us some of the delights he discovered at these events, and they might not be plants! As always this perky Brit will have a list as long as your arm of brilliant reading titles, so come prepared to “Discover More.”
1. Be introduced to a range of new, recent and older plant introductions with a focus on the South Western Region.
2. Learn how these plants function together as well as in the residential and commercial landscape.
3. Broaden your knowledge base pertaining to trends in the United States and overseas. Be introduced to authored books relevant to Landscape design and the use of plants in our region.
Nicholas Staddon has been working with plant breeders, hybridizers, and professional plant explorers for 25 years, scouring the globe for new creations and discoveries in the plant world. Born in England, Staddon received credentials in Agricultural Science from Otley Agricultural College. When he first arrived in the United States, he managed garden centers in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico “…where the vistas will move your heart and the gardening will break it,” he says. Staddon went on to work for Monrovia Nursery for 27 years, 15 of which as the leader of the New Plant program.
Staddon currently resides in California and is working with Everde Growers as their Spokesperson and Plantsman supporting their marketing and new plant introduction programs. He is a sought-after speaker and guest for gardening television and radio shows across the United States. He works closely with professional garden writers, providing information on plants and sharing his views on garden trends and more. He has created a series of informative ‘Plant Savvy’ videos available on YouTube, and recently partnered with Kellogg Garden Products for a video series on soil and soil amendments for the garden and landscape.
Nicholas is proud to be professionally affiliated with the Royal Horticultural Society, California Plant Alliance, and AmericanHort. He is on the Board of Advisors for the Mediterranean Garden Society of Southern California, Climate Ready Landscape Plants, a USDA SCMP Project, and Cal-HIP (California Horticultural Invasives Prevention), which is a voluntary partnership to help gardeners and the horticultural industry to proactively address the problem of invasive plants in the trade.