Transforming the Landscape of Water Wise California

By Wendy Proud, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery

Wednesday, September 28th ~ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
CEUs: 1.5 PGMS, APLD, NALP, 0.375 IA (Tier 3)

Wendy Proud, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery

Course Description:

The landscape of CA is changing with so many new plant choices and thoughts about water wise practices. Learn how desert adapted plants can be an exciting group of plants perfect for the toughest situations without sacrificing beauty or wasting resources. See how plant combinations are changing with a new acceptance to the overall aesthetic and the dynamic landscape now available.

Learn how desert adapted plants can be the perfect solution to some of the most difficult landscape situations and at the same time offer amazing beauty. Join Wendy Proud as she shares a unique mix of plants native to the southwest that adapt and perform while using far less resources and time to maintain. The presentation will discuss plant specifics, planting techniques, the importance of hydro-zoning and examples of plant combinations. Attendees will learn how easily this group of plants can be used in combination with California natives and many other drought tolerant selections from around the world.


Today, Wendy is a career horticulturist with a degree from Cal Poly, Pomona with twenty-five years of sales and production experience in the retail and wholesale nursery business. Her career began at Nurseryland, which eventually lead to a sales position with Colorama Nursery specializing in perennial and annual bedding plants. While working as a Grower, Wendy managed every aspect of production for approximately 125 acres, 100 employees and 300 plant varieties.

Throughout her career, Wendy has provided numerous plant presentations and interviews to a wide variety of groups and organizations including Sunset Magazine, DIY Home & Garden Network, San Diego Home & Garden Magazine, Monrovia Growers Retail Plant Council, gardening clubs and nurseries. In addition, Wendy is a past president of the Los Angeles chapter of the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers, which provides scholarships to students pursuing careers in the horticulture field.

In late 2009, Wendy joined Mountain States Wholesale Nursery based in Phoenix, Arizona. In her new role as California Sales Representative, she was instantly hooked on desert adapted plants and the desire to inspire others about the beauty and diversity of plants from the Southwest and other arid regions.

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