''So Much Beauty with
So Little Water''

Presented by: Wendy Proud
Wednesday, October 21st - 8:30 - 10:30 AM

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Course Description:

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. A selection of plants will be on hand, in addition to information regarding resources for additional selections suitable for the Bay area and surrounding areas. Desert adapted plants allow for incredible diversity in the landscape from strong structural forms to soft, ferny or leafy textures. 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.


Wendy Proud was born and raised in southern California where she developed her passion for plants and gardening. At a very early age, she enjoyed exploring the family garden of unusual cacti and succulents, in addition to a large stand of avocado trees. She was captivated by the outdoors and getting dirty, helping her mom plant flowers and her dad on special projects, which typically included driving a tractor.

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. Following graduation from college, she worked with Monrovia Growers as an inside sales representative and later became a Grower in the production department. 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.

After leaving Monrovia Growers, Wendy co-owned and operated Proud Murphy Inc., a landscape design and installation company in the Pasadena, CA area which included specialized maintenance programs and horticultural coaching. Her business promoted proper plant selection and organic gardening practices with bi-yearly and quarterly maintenance schedules.

Prior to relocating to San Diego, Wendy joined Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach. There she was involved in various aspects of the business but found the most rewarding aspect of her work in sharing her knowledge of plants through seminars and a weekly cable show, ''The Proud Gardener.''

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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