UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners
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UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners

Here’s to Your Health: Antioxidant Gardens

Here’s to Your Health: Antioxidant Gardens

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An antioxidant garden is a commonsense approach to growing high antioxidant value fruits under backyard growing conditions in southern California. Tom Spellman will discuss techniques and make varietal recommendations for growing Cane Berries, Pomegranate, Blueberry, Grape, Olive, Plum, Cherry, Citrus and Avocado in detail.  He will also discuss microclimates, container fruit culture and how to use fruit plants for ornamental appeal, function, flowers, fragrance and fruit.

Tom Spellman

Tom’s career in the nursery industry started in 1972 when a neighbor offered him a position working with 5th Avenue Nursery in Rowland Heights, California.  Tom’s first responsibilities were watering, weeding and loading cars.  In 1976, Tom went to work for Nogales Nursery and Landscape Co. as assistant manager and also worked part-time at landscape installation and propagation in their small greenhouse.  Tom accepted a position with Armstrong Nurseries in Ontario, California, in 1978 working with the wholesale and retail divisions.  It was at this point that Tom realized his real interest was in growing.  In 1981, Tom accepted the position of General Manager with La Verne Nursery in San Dimas, California.  La Verne Nursery specialized in avocado, citrus, subtropical and deciduous fruits and grafted ornamentals.  Tom felt that being able to work with Dieter Lodder for twenty years was both an honor and an education he couldn’t buy.  Then in 2001, Tom was offered and accepted the position of southwestern sales manager with Dave Wilson Nursery of Hickman, California which specializes in fruit, nut and shade trees and grapevines. 

In recent years, Tom has done television work with HGTV Gardening by the Yard, DIY Weekend Gardener, California Country and California’s Heartland.  Tom has also given radio interviews and call-in shows with The Garden Compass Radio Network, KRLA Home Wizards and KFBK, KSTE Get Growing with Farmer Fred Hoffman.  Also an accomplished writer, Tom has provided insightful articles for Garden Compass Magazine, Sunset, Westways, Los Angeles Times, and the Orange County Register, as well as several other newspapers and periodicals.  Tom’s lectures with a variety of topics on fruit growing throughout the western United States, to such audiences as UCCE Master Gardeners, California Rare Fruit Growers, The Huntington Library and Gardens, Descanso Gardens, The Los Angeles Arboretum and dozens of garden clubs and horticultural societies.

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