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Judy Rodríguez

Roseville, CA


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My hobbies: 

Gardening, harvesting fruits and vegetables!  Working out, doing Zumba, travel, movies, plays …

My favorite plant: 

There are too many to choose from!  I love Crepe Myrtles, hydrangeas, tomatoes and my fruit trees.

My favorite gardening book: 

The Sunset Western Garden Book

Why I love my garden:   

I love my garden because it is a place of serenity and color.  My greatest joy is being able to grow my own fruits and vegetables – to make meals based on what is coming from the garden.

What surprises people most about water-wise landscaping? 

I think it surprises people that a water-wise landscape can look so nice.

Saving water is important because…

water is essential for all life.  We need to be wise stewards of the resources we have.  I believe that saving water is something  we can all do – even with little steps at a time.

My two favorite gardening quotes: 

The first comes from a children’s poem in Spanish by Francisco Alarcón called “Jitomates Risueños” (Laughing Tomatoes) :  “En el jardín plantamos jitomates, los vegetales más felices de todos.”  (In the garden we plant tomatoes, the happiest vegetables of all…)

The second is:  “No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” Thomas Jefferson

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