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A New Season Of 'A Growing Passion' Debuts On KPBS

April 24
By Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera

Garden expert Nan Sterman kicks off the show's seventh season Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on KPBS Television.

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‘A Growing Passion’ Highlights The Power Of Plants

April 26, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

In season 6 of “A Growing Passion,” host Nan Sterman takes viewers to a fruit farm in the Central Valley, a plumeria festival at Balboa Park and the gardens of several local artists. The new season debuts Thursday on KPBS Television.

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City Heights Youth Garden Helps Grow Job Skills

April 6, 2018
By Kris Arciaga

Students are growing more than vegetables and fruits at Second Chance Youth Garden in City Heights, which offers them a chance to explore careers and develop job skills.

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Succulents, Popular Water-Wise Plants, Also Act As Wildfire Barrier

Oct. 9, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diegans redoing their landscaping to make it water-wise have probably learned a lot about succulents. The thick, fleshy plants that store water in their leaves are now ubiquitous in neighborhoods across the region. But what might not be as well known is that succulents, including cactus, are big business in San Diego County.

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Volunteers Bring 'Free Food Park' To City Heights

Aug. 2, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The volunteer group Eat San Diego launched the city's largest free food park in City Heights on Saturday, planting a peach tree, strawberries, kale and other fruits and vegetables. Once the food is ready this fall and winter, it will be available for anyone to pick and eat.

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Roundup Ingredient Lands On State's Dangerous Chemical List

July 6, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

California regulators on Friday will add the active ingredient in the weed-killer Roundup to a list of chemicals that may cause cancer, meaning Roundup and other herbicides with the chemical will have to display warning labels by next year.

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'A Growing Passion' Takes On San Diego Hops

April 20, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

After an unusually rainy winter In Southern California, it seems nearly every patch of earth is in bloom. It is not something San Diego gardeners are used to, but it is a fitting time to catch the new season of KPBS' "A Growing Passion."

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With All This Rain, Can We Go Back To Gardening The Way We Used To?

Feb. 27, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The answer is no, but what does the abundance of rain mean for the health of plant life? How can gardeners make the most of the wet weather?

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Chef Takes Food Prep To New Level With 'The Portable Feast'

April 28, 2016
By Anna Conkey, Maureen Cavanaugh

An edible garden expert shares an easy recipe for roasted spiced carrots with quinoa, green ribbons and turmeric vinaigrette that you can take wherever you go.

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'A Growing Passion' Springs Into 4th Season On KPBS

April 7, 2016
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

From water-wise gardening to beneficial insects and California's citrus industry, the new season of KPBS' television series "A Growing Passion" brings a lot of variety.

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San Diego Orchid Growers Harvest Passion And Memories

March 23, 2016
By Tom Fudge

Orchid enthusiasts tell their stories as their society looks back on 70 years of cultivating a magnificent plant.

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San Diego's North County Is 'Epicenter' Of Succulent Boom

Sept. 1, 2015
By Alison St John

As the market for water thirsty plants dries up, sales of cacti and succulents are thriving — and San Diego’s North County is ground zero for all things succulent.

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Rare Fruit Trees Thrive Amid California Drought

Aug. 6, 2015
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

There are drought-friendly alternatives to thirsty fruit trees. Fig, loquat and pomegranate trees require very little water or no water at all.

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How The Drought Is Affecting Spring Gardening In San Diego County

March 16, 2015
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

It feels like a summer heat wave and it's not even spring. Garden expert Nan Sterman will offer tips on how to maintain a spring garden during the unseasonal weather.

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Tips For Winter Gardening In California

Dec. 17, 2014
By Alison St John, Hoa Quach, Megan Burke

All of this rain reminded us that we are approaching the time of year when it is best to plant native species.

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