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Sub-Region: Southern California Coastal, Inland

Bill Teague

State: California
Business: Horticulturalist - San Diego Botanical Gardens

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.

Where can members get more of your advice?
You can see my work at Quail Botanical Gardens and the San Diego Horticultural Society.

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.
Southern California

How long have you been gardening?
50 years.

What triggered your interest?
My dad, who raised orchids for a hobby.

What is your specialty, expertise or claim to fame?
Designing gardens that work in Southern California.

What formal education do you have?
Cal Poly Pomona Bachelor Degree in Ornamental Horticulture

What formal horticultural training do you have?
Cal Poly Pomona Bachelor Degree in Ornamental Horticulture

What is your favorite garden or plant-related topic? Tell us a little about them.
That is a problem because I love all types of gardens as long as they are beautiful. Although I do like to use plants that are more drought tolerant I like to be very open minded and use a broad pallet of plants. I like to experiment with many plants.

What is your biggest gardening pet peeve? Tell us about it.
Over watering of plants particularly in a commercial place. I hate to see plants sitting in a pool of water. People not changing the auto irrigation systems when the season changes

How much time per week do you spend gardening?
At home depending on the season it would be about 4-12 hours per week.

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?
70 hours per week.

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

What other biographical information would you like to share?
You can see some of my garden designs at Quail Gardens, the Del Mar Fair, Del Mar street plantings.

Bill's Book Recommendations



Sunset Western Garden Book

  Bill's Favorite Websites

Gardening Questions

What do you like most about gardening?
Being out in nature.

What do you dislike most about gardening?

What individual has influenced your gardening interest the most? How?
My father, he grew orchids in a greenhouse and was extremely into cultivating plants and caring for them. The love of plants comes almost automatically. I helped my dad in the garden most of my life.

What is your favorite place or activity in the garden?
Just visiting the garden often to see all the daily changes.

What is your favorite time in the garden?
Evening when I get home from work. I can take a few minutes to visit my garden.

What is your favorite public or private garden in the world? Why?
UC Santa Cruz, I have a strong interest in Australian plants.

What is your favorite color in the garden?

If you could grow only one plant, what would it be?
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' because of it's beautiful heartshaped purple leaves.

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?
Peonis. I've tried many time with only very limited success.

What is your favorite gardening outfit or costume?
Whatever I am wearing when I get to the garden.

Do you have a gardening philosophy you would like to share with other gardeners? What is it?
Be out in the garden as often as possible so that you do not miss all that is happening, the good and the problems.

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

What is the one question about gardening you would really like people to ask you?
How to prune "this" plant. Or how to maintain this specific plant.

And what's the answer?
It depends on the plant. The problem is that once people have great plants in the garden they really do not know how to take care of them so they either get butchered or not pruned or maintained at all.

What is a garden myth you hear frequently which you know is untrue?

And, what is the reality?

What group or kind of person do you think would benefit most from the advice you can give on gardening?
The average home gardener.

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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