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February VGCLJ Meeting - Open to Guests

  • Congregation Beth Israel 9001 Towne Center Drive San Diego, CA 92122 (map)

“Principles for Drought Tolerant Planting”

David Salman
Horticulture / New Plant Varieties


David Salman has been identified with xeric plants since he opened Santa FeGreenhouses in 1984.  Realizing that his clientele was coming from neighboring states to get his beautiful plants that were acclimated to a wide range growing conditions, David began the High Country Gardens catalogue business.  Plants in this catalogue are developed for western gardens i.e. those west of the Mississippi River.   After years of finding and introducing new species to the western garden, he closed the greenhouses and catalogue in 2012.  The recession coupled with drought, fire, and big box stores made business impossible.

The good news is that the High Country catalogue has been reborn under the umbrella of American Meadows.  This Vermont based company known as wildflower propagators has a greenhouse in Denver, Colorado.  They now grow the xeric plants for garden centers and the catalogue business.   Salman is the chief horticulturist, responsible for the catalogue and its contents.  It also means he has more time to focus on finding, breeding and improving water-wise, ornamental plants for the Western US.  His haunts include American native species as well as xeric species in western Asia and South Africa.

David Salman writes frequently for Fine Gardening, American Gardener, and Horticulture magazines.  He was a recipient of the American Horticultural Society Great American Gardeners Award in 2008.   Mr Salman will be discussing the principles of water-wise planting with plant recommendations for our area.


Later Event: March 1
The Carlsbad Flower Fields