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Sub-Region: Southern California Coastal, Inland
State: California
Business: Co-Owner - Tom Piergrossi Landscape & Vintage Green Farms

Andy Maycen

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.
To get people to see that gardening is an enjoyable pastime. Help people be successful with their plants. Match the right plant with the right person in the right spot.

Where can members get more of your advice?
At our nursery and our TV show Down to Earth which airs daily in San Diego and Orange County.

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.
Vista, California - Climactic and gang banger wonderland.

How long have you been gardening?
25 years.

What triggered your interest?
Don't know, but it's always been there.

What is your specialty, expertise or claim to fame?
Salvias and Perennials.

What formal education do you have?
I have a BA in public administration.

What formal horticultural training do you have?
None other than working 25 years in the industry.

What is your favorite garden or plant-related topic? Tell us a little about them.
Pesticide free; reality based gardening.

Andy's Book Recommendations

Random House Book of Perennials, Volume 1

Random House Book of Perennials, Volume 2

The New Book of Salvias

  Andy's Favorite Websites

Robin's Salvias
Salvia pictures, Salvia information by Robin Middleton

Spectre's Jungle
A website devoted to sharing the world of tropical and subtropical gardening and travel.

What is your biggest gardening pet peeve? Tell us about it.
I HATE McMANSION-SCAPES and charm removed neighborhoods.

How much time per week do you spend gardening?
20 hours.

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?
60 hours.

What gardening or horticultural clubs, societies, or organizations (or any other interest) do you belong to?
'The Group'

What other biographical information would you like to share?
I propagate it, water it, ship it, sell it, pinch it and pot it.

Gardening Questions

What do you like most about gardening?
Being outside and active. Giving back to the earth. Providing a place for wildlife.

What do you dislike most about gardening?
Dealing with gophers and voles. Home Owners Associations.

What individual has influenced your gardening interest the most? How?
Tom Piergrossi, Brian Fink, Scott Spencer, Betsy Clebsch, Ginny Hunt and Kathe Navarez.

What is your favorite place or activity in the garden?
Pulling weeds, mulching and seeing new things bloom. Watching my garden and myself grow and change.

What is your favorite time in the garden?
Late afternoon.

What is your favorite public or private garden in the world? Why?
Lila Yee, Lila has one of the best senses for color, pruning etc.

What is your favorite color in the garden?

If you could grow only one plant, what would it be?
Echium wildpretii or Michaela champaca

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?
Salvia dombeyii, Echium wildpretii, Echium boissieri, Salvia interrupta

What is your favorite gardening outfit or costume?
shorts, commando

Do you have a gardening philosophy you would like to share with other gardeners? What is it?
Paint outside the box. Stop being so cheap, you get how many hours of enjoyment from a $100 dollar plant vs. a $100 bottle of wine?

Who is your own favorite gardening personality on TV, radio or in print? Why?
I like most of them.

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?
Gardening is hard. Landscape architects are great horticulturalists and know plants

And, what is the reality?
Gardening is/can be a challenge, but it isn't hard. Landscape architects know shapes and about 10 plants.

What group or kind of person do you think would benefit most from the advice you can give on gardening?
I guess if I am growing something a person has never worked with before...that person I could advise....in other words...nurserymen, landscapers, beginner to hardcore gardeners.

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 (it's easy and a great way to promote yourself).

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