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A GROWING PASSION: Season Two: Green Roofs

Airs Monday, April 28, 2014 at 11:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: NOAA Sustainable Fisheries green roof garden. The design of the new building incorporates many sustainable strategies such as elaborate water retention systems, recycled materials, and vegetated roofs planted with California coastal plantings in an effort to restore the endangered native ecology on the building rooftops.

More and more San Diegan’s strive to make socially, environmentally, and economically responsible choices. From earth-friendly and water wise gardens to organic foods and habitat restoration, we demand options that protect our health, feed our communities, and protect our natural resources. A GROWING PASSION is a lifestyle program that explores San Diego County’s agriculture and horticulture activities as an expression of this growing earth-friendly movement.

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NOAA Sustainable Fisheries green roof.

Courtesy of AGP Productions, LLC

Host Nan Sterman explores the green roof garden at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif. This 1.5-acre green roof sits atop the second floor, lush with drought-resistant vegetation with a beautiful view for south-facing patients.

Courtesy of AGP Productions, LLC

Do Ho Suh’s Fallen Star is the 18th permanent sculpture commissioned by UCSD’s Stuart Collection. The roof garden is part of his design and the whole creates a space with panoramic views for small groups to gather and readjust.

From backyard food production to major horticultural growers, from low water landscapes to sustainable practices around the home and in the garden, we tell stories about the natural and man-made landscapes that shape the social, cultural, environmental and economic interests of our community. We celebrate how San Diego grows. The series is hosted by Nan Sterman.

"Green Roofs" - We take for granted that plants grow beneath our feet. But what about plants that grow over our heads? Green roofs were once a novelty.

Today, they are gaining popularity thanks to their ability to capture runoff and keep it from polluting beaches and bays, to moderate temperatures inside the buildings they top, reduce atmospheric heating, and offer a beautiful, interesting, even healing alternative to an expanse of glaring, bare rooftop.

In this episode, we visit green roofs large and small, across the county, in commercial settings, a hospital, private home and even a green roof that is part of an art installation on a university campus.

A GROWING PASSION is on Facebook, and you can follow @GrowingPassion on Twitter. Share photos and follow the series on Instagram and explore Nan's blog.

Episodes of A GROWING PASSION will be available for online viewing following the broadcast.

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A Growing Passion: Green Roofs

Above: In this episode, we visit green roofs large and small, across the county, in commercial settings, a hospital, private home and even a green roof that is part of an art installation on a university campus. (Video Expires: 06/30/2016)

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A Growing Passion: Season Two: Chaparral, The Elfin Forest

Above: Chaparral is the shrubland that blankets our hillsides and valleys, from desert to coast. We don't always recognize its beauty and its value, but that makes it ripe for exploration. In this episode, we start where desert vegetation gives way to chaparral near Anza Borrego Desert, then follow it to the coast at Torrey Pines State Reserve. (Video Expires: 06/30/2016)

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A Growing Passion: From Vine To Wine

Above: San Diego's vineyard and winery industry has a centuries-long tradition of growing grapes and making wine. In this episode of A GROWING PASSION, explore the current state of vineyards and wineries, from the county's largest operation to backyard growers and winemakers. Visit the next generation of wine makers and see how they are reinventing the process. (Video Expires: 06/30/2016)