Getting into the plant profession was not by design at all, some would say a fluke. I was offered a job in a retail/re-wholesale garden center in Albuquerque, New Mexico where I promise you the vistas will move your heart and the gardening will break it. I became totally consumed with the plants and the people. Today, that passion has not changed in the slightest. It is such a cool place to be, with the plants I mean. So join me at the Anaheim Landscape Show for an hour or so, on some of the coolest plants that are already for sale or coming soon to a nursery near you. Not only will we talk about the plants, we will discover how to use them in the landscape as well. We will take time to chat about container gardening, all the shapes, sizes, and colors of containers that are available today to showcase individual plants and combinations. It is nearly too much. You will get to see some cool videos, as breeders talk about their plants and the main attributes to make your landscape come alive. Never to be missed on my menu are trends, books, and my favorite websites. So bring a pen, note pad and your sense of humor and lets blast off to Crazy Plant Cool.
1. Learn about new plants and recent introductions for Southern California Landscapes.
2. Learn how to use these new plants and recent introductions in the commercial and residential landscape.
3. Learn what plant trends are in the United States and overseas.
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.