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Jason Kubrock

State: California
Business: Senior Horticulturalist - Mira Costa College

Biographical Information

Please tell us briefly about your favorite cause/business/product in which you are involved that you would like to share with the general public and why.
My favorite causes are promoting horticultural education, practical gardening and environmental awareness.

Where can members get more of your advice?
MiraCosta College Horticulture Department in Oceanside, CA. I can be reached at (760) 757-2121 x6482 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Background Information

Briefly describe the climate where you garden now (climate zone, state, area) and any other areas where you have gardened in the past.
Sub-tropical Southern California and temperate Northern Arizona.

How long have you been gardening?
About 10 years.

What triggered your interest?
Gardening with my best friend and his mother helped spark my horticultural interests.

What is your specialty, expertise or claim to fame?
I have a fairly broad interest in many types of plants, but much of my experience and strong interests are with Bamboo, Cycads, and Palms.

What formal education do you have?
I am a graduate of the Mira Costa Horticulture program and have gained many skills from nursery and botanical garden work experience.

What formal horticultural training do you have?
I hold two certificates in Horticulture.

What is your favorite garden or plant-related topic? Tell us a little about them.
I enjoy many types of gardens and plants, from desert to tropical. I really enjoy plant propagation and garden design.

What is your biggest gardening pet peeve? Tell us about it.
Misplantings, poorly designed irrigation systems, and improper watering times! To quote a friend there is way too much "Hotel Horticulture".

How much time per week do you spend gardening?
A little more than full time: 50 hours a week. I garden for a living and then for therapy and relaxation I garden some more at home.

How much time per week do you spend working at the business of gardening, such as consulting, reading, writing or talking about your gardening subject?
40 hours a week.

What gardening or horticultural clubs, societies, or organizations (or any other interest) do you belong to?
The San Diego Horticultural Society and Quail Botanical Gardens.

What other biographical information would you like to share?

Gardening Questions

What do you like most about gardening?
Creating new plants and enjoying the beauty of a well grown plant and garden.

What do you dislike most about gardening?
Weeds and soil that is hard to dig in.

What individual has influenced your gardening interest the most? How?
There are many people who have influenced my gardening interest. Past and present co-workers as well as other horticultural experts with similar interests.

What is your favorite place or activity in the garden?
I love planting. It's not only my favorite gardening activity, but also my favorite cardiovascular activity.

What is your favorite time in the garden?
I enjoy gardening with so many types of plants and with our mild climate here in Southern California I would have to say anytime is my favorite time.

What is your favorite public or private garden in the world? Why?
Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, CA. I have been to several gardens and some that are much more grand, but I have never been to any other garden with the plant diversity, uniqueness, and quality of displays as QBG.

What is your favorite color in the garden?
I enjoy foliage color more than flower color. I tend to use more of the pinks and lavenders for floral color.

If you could grow only one plant, what would it be?
Wow, tough question for a gardener who has plant collector tendency problems?

What plant have you tried to grow that has given you the most trouble? Or, what plant would you like to grow and can't, and why?
Encephalartos horridus. I have a tendency to kill blue cycads with kindness.

What is your favorite gardening outfit or costume?
Boots, jeans, a hat, and good pair of clippers.

Do you have a gardening philosophy you would like to share with other gardeners? What is it?
Choosing the right plant for the right spot is key to a healthy garden. Generally when a plant is unhealthy in a landscape and has pest problems it is often the result of a misplanting. It is easier said than done, but by simply keeping plants with similar needs together you can grow a healthier garden.

Who is your own favorite gardening personality on TV, radio or in print? Why?

What is the one question about gardening you would really like people to ask you?

And what's the answer?

What is a garden myth you hear frequently which you know is untrue?
"Native plants are too unthrifty for gardens"

And, what is the reality?
There are several natives that look great and perform well in gardens. Natives have been given a bad wrap. Not all are flammable and not all are rangy looking.

What group or kind of person do you think would benefit most from the advice you can give on gardening?
I think I have advice to offer both the amateur and the professional gardener. From specific plant questions, such as Bamboo, Cycads, or Palms to plant propagation and overall landscape care.

Would you like to participate, or can you recommend someone who you think should? We're always looking for more expert gardeners to tell about their philosophies and give their plant recommendations contact us and we'll get started.

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