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Janet Sluis

Horticulturist and Curator of the Sunset Western Garden Collection

Janet Sluis is a Berkeley-based horticulturist specializing in low water, regionally appropriate, easy care plants. As the collection’s curator, she is responsible for selecting and evaluating which plants are ultimately chosen to carry the Sunset Western Garden Collection label. Focused on replacing thirsty, labor-intensive varieties with colorful, resilient alternatives, she works with breeders, hybridizers, and nurseries all over the world. Her plant collection test garden is featured in The Sunset Western Garden Book of Easy Care Plantings (Oxmoor House, 2015) and can be visited in person as part of the Sunset test gardens located in iconic Cornerstone in Sonoma, California. As a sixth-generation member of a Dutch seed family, Janet suspects that plants are in her DNA. By the age of six she was hybridizing ranunculus and growing kale in her garden. After studying marketing, horticulture, and agricultural business, she spent twenty years in production and product development for large wholesale plant nurseries on the west coast. When Janet is not traveling in search of new plants, you can find her pulling weeds and battling slugs in her organic Berkeley test garden.

Breaking the Habit: Confessions of a Former Annual Color Grower

Annual color represents the largest segment of plants sold today, but many of these plants come with an environmental cost, or waste of resources. Fortunately, breeders are fast at work introducing colorful grasses, shrubs and longer blooming perennials, which provide a more sustainable approach to color in the garden. See which longer blooming perennials and brighter shrubs have performed well in Sunset’s organic test garden. You won’t even miss those petunias.

Friday, Feb 9 at 5:30 pm / Hood Room

Beautiful, Multi-Purpose Plants for Today’s Busy Gardener

In smaller yards, plants need to earn their spot. We want them to cook with, for crafting into cocktails, to create floral arrangements and indoor decor, all while simultaneously providing habitat and sustenance for pollinators. Can they also be sustainable, low maintenance, regionally appropriate, and look amazing? Learn which new plants can stand up to these tough requirements, and how to make the most of them once they are in your garden.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room