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Events are free with admission unless otherwise indicated.
Armstrong Garden Centers
Including Anaheim, Claremont, Costa Mesa, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Canada-Flintridge, La Crescenta, Laguna Niguel, La Habra, Long Beach, Monrovia, Newport, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Tustin, Westchester.
Saturday, 5/6, 8am. Container Gardens. Gardening in pots or containers is fun and easy. Container gardens can add a punch of color, elegance, creativity and drama to gardens. They require little work, can be creative and can change quickly. This class will focus on watering tips along with picking the right plants and containers.
Saturday, 5/27, 8am. Attracting Birds and Butterflies. Birds and butterflies bring added beauty to gardens and help pollinate fruits and vegetables. Armstrong experts will show which plants will attract these beautiful garden guests. They will also share tips and techniques to increase visits.
California Native Plant Society – San Gabriel Mountains Chapter
Eaton Canyon Nature Center
1750 North Altadena Drive
Thursday, 5/25, 7:30pm. Conserving Plants On A Changing Planet with Evan Meyer. It is no secret that a large portion of the world’s biodiversity is in an extremely perilous position. The variety of threats facing wild organisms requires a corresponding variety of solutions. One of the most critical threats, the loss of habitat, can be addressed through the preservation of wildlands (in-situ conservation). But this alone cannot protect rare species from extinction. Ex-situ conservation seeks to protect individual species by maintaining and augmenting their populations outside of their natural habitats. Join Evan as he describes examples of how these efforts are being carried out in Southern California and discusses his belief that preserving biodiversity for future generations will require creativity, humility, and adaptation to the realities of a changing planet. Evan Meyer is the Assistant Director at the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to this, Evan was the Seed Conservation Program Manager at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
California Native Plant Society – Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
First United Methodist Church
1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403
(none for May)
California Native Plant Society – Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
Sepulveda Garden Center
16633 Magnolia Blvd
Sunday, 5/14, 7:30-9pm. Conservation of the Rare Plants of the Amargosa River Basin in the Northern Mojave Desert of California with Naomi Fraga of the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. The Amargosa River Basin is an ‘island’ of wet habitats fed by a large and extensive supply of underground water, surrounded by the expansive and arid Mojave Desert that receives only about 2 to 3 inches of annual precipitation a year. Naomi will discuss ongoing conservation efforts of the rare plants of the region and interesting discoveries from the two recent bio-blitz events.
California Rare Fruit Growers - Foothill Chapter
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Lecture Hall A
301 North Baldwin Ave
(None for May)
1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Saturday, 5/13, 9:30am. Monthly Garden Share. Attendees bring garden-related items such as plants, cuttings, pots, tools, produce, etc., to trade. This is a great way to obtain new plants and meet like-minded plant lovers. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/CoastkeeperGardenShare. Repeats second Saturdays.
1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011
Saturday & Sunday, 5/20 & 5/21, 9am-5pm. Rose Festival. Celebrate America’s favorite flower with floral art activities, garden walks, a fun interactive discovery station, and more. Free with admission. For more information, go to https://www.descansogardens.org/event/rose-festival-2017 .
Thursday, 5/25, 6:30 pm. Harvest: Unexpected Uses for Extraordinary Plants. Every garden—not just vegetable plots—can produce a bountiful harvest. Enjoy a unique lecture and demonstration with Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis as they explore the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds and fruit. This program is presented in partnership with The Garden Conservancy. $10 Descanso and Garden Conservancy members, $15 non-members. Register online at descansogardens.org or by calling (818) 949-7980.
Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley
UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211
Saturday, 5/6, 12:30-4:30pm, The Plant Yoda’s Den, Morongo Valley. Southwest Native Plants for Food, Fun, & Healing. Robin Kobaly will present ancient and traditional uses of native desert plants, demonstrating ways to adapt them to fit today’s needs for food, medicines, art, and utility. She will share her extensive knowledge and teach participants — through smell, taste, touch, and sight — how the unique qualities of each plant can add richness to the home, kitchen, medicine chest, garden, and more through demonstrations and samples. You will leave with a new perspective on our amazing native plants and the valuable gifts they generously offer to us. $45 workshop registration includes handouts & edible samples. Directions to workshop are sent upon registration. For more information or to reserve your space, please call 760-363-1166, visit www.powerofplants.com, or email email@example.com.
Eaton Canyon Nature Center
1750 North Altadena Drive
Every Wednesday, and second Sunday, 10am. Eaton Canyon Gardening Group. Volunteers maintain the garden.
Saturday, 5/20, 9am-12noon, Nature Patio. Conservation Work Day. We will be weeding invasive plants to conserve habitat for the native species. Gloves, tools and a snack will be provided. Please bring your own drinking water, and wear clothing, footwear and sun protection appropriate for outdoor work. As a reminder, our volunteers under the age of 18 should bring along an adult. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org . Repeats third Saturdays.
El Dorado Nature Center
7550 E. Spring Street
Long Beach 90815
Saturday, 5/6, 2-4pm. Peculiar Pollinators: Wasps and Other Unusual Pollinators and Beneficial Insects
1900 Associated Road
Saturday, 5/13, 10am. Free Nature Tour. Join one of our knowledgeable docents as they guide you on a tour through the beautiful garden, @ 10am. Meet at Nature Center.
Saturday, 5/27, 10am. Free Nature Tour. Join one of our knowledgeable docents as they guide you on a tour through the beautiful garden, @ 10am. Meet at Nature Center. Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Deukmejian Wilderness Park
3429 Markridge Road
La Crescenta 91214
Saturday, 5/20, 8am-12 noon. Wilderness Workday. Join us for a morning of tree-watering and removing invasive species. Wear long pants and bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. We’ll provide the tools, drinks, and snacks. All participants must sign a liability waiver and minors must provide a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Glendale Narrows Riverwalk
300 Paula Avenue (corner of Garden Street)
Saturday, 5/13, 9am-12noon. Riverwalk Workday. Help us maintain the landscaped areas along the Los Angeles River. Wear long pants and bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. We’ll provide the tools, drinks, and snacks. All participants must sign a liability waiver and minors must provide a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
Huntington Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino 91108
Every Saturday, 10am-1pm. Ranch Open House. Stop by The Huntington’s urban agriculture site during our weekly open house and pick up some fresh ideas for sustainable gardening. Experts from the University of California LA County Master Gardener program will be on hand to answer questions and offer seasonal tips. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follow signs to the site. Repeats every Saturday.
Saturday, 5/20, 10:30am-4:30pm, Herb Garden. Fiber Arts Day. The centuries-old crafts of spinning, weaving, and dyeing with natural plant dyes will be showcased. Skilled craftspeople will demonstrate the tools and techniques for carding and combing fibers such as cotton and linen, spinning the fibers into yarn or thread, weaving, and making natural dyes using herbs and other plant materials.
Thursday, 5/25, 4:30-5:30pm, Botanical Auditorium, Brody Botanical Center. Botany Bay Series: Plant Science for Gardeners and Citizen Scientists. Join Jim Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens, for an exploration of the wonders of the plant world. A discussion-style lecture is followed by an opportunity for lab time with microscopes and plant specimens. Repeats fourth Thursdays (third Thursday in November).
Idyllwild Nature Center
25225 Highway 243
Saturday & Sunday, 5/27 & 5/28, 10am-4pm. Annual Wildflower Show. The San Jacinto Mountains encompass well over 9,000 feet of elevation change from their base to their highest peak. Even the most casual of observers driving the 30- odd miles up through Idyllwild will notice a drastic change in vegetation over the course of their trip. This journey, from "Low Sonoran Desert" to the "transition zone" in which the town of Idyllwild is situated, passes through only 3 of the 7 life zones and associated biotic communities found in the San Jacintos. During Idyllwild Nature Center's Wildflower & Art Exhibit, over 100 wildflower specimens collected from all seven of the San Jacinto's life zones will be on display. Festival activities include expert speakers, guided walks, music, children’s crafts, an iNaturalist workshop, expert advice on native plants and gardening, and local artisans & vendors selling their wares. It's designed to be a festive celebration of the abundant variety of native flower species found throughout these beautiful mountains. Entrance fees are $4 Adults, $3 Children, $1 dogs.
J Paul Getty Museum – Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles 90049
Daily, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, Tour meeting place outside the museum entrance. 45-minute Garden Tours. The Central Garden, designed and conceived by artist Robert Irwin, is an evolving work of art, with tree-lined walkways through extraordinary sights, sounds, and scents. Repeats daily.
J Paul Getty Museum – Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Thursdays and Saturdays, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, Tour meeting place outside the museum entrance. 40-minute Garden Tours. Discover the rich mythological and cultural connections of four ancient Roman gardens. Repeats Thursdays and Saturdays.
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Ave
Wednesday, 5/3, 1:30-3pm. Plant Information with Arboretum Botanist Frank McDonough. Frank covers current horticultural topics including landscaping, gardening, design, water-saving strategies and other pertinent topics. He also highlights the most interesting plant and gardening questions of the hundreds he receives every month and talks about the latest pests and diseases that threaten our gardens and landscapes. Bring your own plant questions for discussion. Repeats first Wednesdays.
Saturday, 5/13, 10am-12:30pm. The New California Landscape with Jill Morganelli, the Arboretum’s Horticultural Supervisor. Tour through gardens that demonstrate responsible stewardship for our Southern California landscapes while providing beauty and seasonal interest. Each session will highlight water-maximizing garden construction, installation and site-specific recommendations for irrigation systems, and water-savvy landscape horticulture selections from Australia, South Africa, California natives, as well as plants from our water conservation, desert, and many specialty gardens. Design technique and habitat building are also discussed. Classes meet in the Rotunda and are held outdoors in all weather. $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission); To register call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.
Saturday, 5/20, 10am, Crescent Farm. Crescent Farm Series – Basketry. Learn to use your bio-mass (plant waste) to create garden structures. Simple weaving techniques can use leaves as cordage, branches as trellises, tomato cages, shade shelters, and various long lasting leaves as weavers. Design and build compost structures, plant guards and soil traps in your own Crescent Garden.
Saturday, 5/27, 10am-12noon. Irrigation for the Home Edible Landscape with Scott Kleinrock. Spray or Drip? Inline emitter or spaghetti tube? Manual or automatic valves? A well-designed irrigation system can be a key factor to the success of your vegetable garden, and make a difference in being able to supply the right amount of water at the right timing to grow top quality home grown favorites. With all the options out there, it can be confusing to match the right approach to irrigation to what it is that you want to grow. Optimal approaches are different for fruit trees, vegetable beds, and more integrated edible landscapes. Scott will present his field-tested favorite approaches to irrigating different types of edible gardens, including design and operation concepts, favorite products, basics of how to assemble, and further resources to make your DIY irrigation project a success. $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission). To register, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class. Mojave Desert Land Trust Center for Conservation Initiatives
60124 29 Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
(none for May)
Morongo Basin Conservation Association
(none for May)
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007
Saturday & Sunday, 5/20 & 5/21, 9:30am-5pm. 31st Annual Bug Fair. Festival celebrates our winged, multi-legged, squirmy, and sometimes bug-eyed friends. Visit a variety of exhibitors, watch Bug Chefs whip up snacks, and explore the Nature Gardens for the chance to go on bug hunts, get crafty, experience up-close encounters with crawly creatures, and more! More info at www.nhm.org/bugfair . Get advanced tickets online at nhm.org – recommended for special events like Bug Fair because it expedites arrival process and allows attendees to skip the line to buy tickets on site.
Rancho Los Cerritos
4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807
Saturdays & Sundays, 1-5pm. Garden Tours. Rancho Los Cerritos offers free one-hour garden tours for visitors. In March, our wisteria arbor should be in full bloom. For details about all our tours, visit http://www.rancholoscerritos.org/things-to-do-hub/tours/. Repeats every weekend.
Saturday, 5/6, 1-4pm. Creation Station: May’s theme, Sunny Yellow, celebrates sunshine. Get creative with history! Using a wide variety of materials, children can experiment with old-fashioned arts and crafts. This free, drop-in program (children must be accompanied by an adult) takes place rain or shine. For more details visit http://www.rancholoscerritos.org/upcoming-events/. Repeats first Saturday of each month with a different plant-themed activity.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 North College Avenue
Saturday, 5/6, 10-11am, Grow Native Nursery. Create a Butterfly Garden. Help our local and migratory butterfly populations by planting native host and food plants in your yard or patio space. To register, please go to http://www.rsabg.org/nursery-calendar .
Sunday, 5/7, -9:30am. Free Beginner's Bird Walk. Take a leisurely walk through the garden and spot the numerous bird species that migrate through the region. Sponsored by the Pomona Valley Audubon Society. To register, please go to http://www.rsabg.org/bird-walks .
Saturday, 5/13, 10am-1pm. California Herb Walk. Join herbalist William Broen for a garden walk featuring medicinal and edible California plants. You will discover traditional and modern uses of over 20 species. $25 public, $20 members. To register, please go to http://www.rsabg.org/community-education .
Saturday, 5/13, 10am-3pm. California Butterfly Pavilion Grand Opening. A dazzling array of over 20 native butterfly species and the native plants they depend on. The pavilion will be open everyday that the garden is open until August 6. $3 per person; members may purchase a season pass for $25.
Saturday, 5/20, 8-9:30am. Free Family Bird Walk. Join Chris Verma of Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly bird walk through the garden. To register, please go to http://www.rsabg.org/bird-walks .
Saturday & Sunday, 5/20 & 5/21, 9am-5pm. Adventures in Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family). One of the flowering plant families responsible for the brilliantly colored hills and valleys in California. It is also a notoriously complicated group, frustrating the botanical giants, from Asa Gray to Arthur Cronquist. We are fortunate to live in a state that houses the greatest diversity of the Phlox family on the planet. It is time to enjoy them! In this workshop, J. Mark Porter, PhD., researcher and professor of Botany at Claremont Graduate University, will explain why Polemoniaceae are so challenging. More importantly, he will train you how to know the genera and species of the family. Join us in the classroom, laboratory, and field to experience an adventure into Polemoniaceae! $150 public, $125 members.
To register, please go to https://11213.blackbaudhosting.com/11213/Adventures-in-Polemoniaceae .
San Diego Botanic Garden
230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024
Saturday & Sunday, 5/6 & 5/7, 9:30am-4:30pm. 13th Gourd and Basket Weekend. The Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild presents 30 classes throughout the weekend, offering students of all abilities the opportunity to show off and develop their basket weaving and decorative gourd skills. Sixteen instructors from around the country will offer classes ranging from A Willow Back Pack to Beading on a Gourd as well as Broom Making. Also, artisans and vendors will sell their creations and materials. For complete class catalog, registration and more information, visit www.baskets-gourds.com. For further questions, contact Carol Lang at email@example.com or Grace Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Saturday, 5/27, 9am-3pm. Palm, Cycad, Bamboo and Tropical Plant Sale. Co-hosted by the Palm Society of Southern California, the sale features rare and exotic species of palms, cycads and other tropical plants provided by exceptional Southern California nurseries. For more information call Phil Bergman at 619/ 291–4605.
Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
909 N La Cumbre Road
Santa Barbara 93110
Wednesday, 5/3, 7pm. Monthly meeting. Madeline Ward, Santa Barbara City Water Conservation Supervisor, and Tyrone La Fay, Santa Barbara County Water Conservation Coordinator. Free plant exchange prior to meeting, refreshments, and after the speaker there is a plant raffle where tickets cost only 25 cents. Repeats First Wednesdays. Website also lists meetings of other local horticultural organizations, including SBC Rose Society, The Santa Barbara Little Gardens, Orchid Society of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers, Santa Barbara Cactus & Succulent Society, and Arroyo Hondo Preserve.
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274
Sunday, 5/7, 9am-4pm, Frances Young Hall. South Coast Epiphyllum Society Show and Sale.
Friday & Saturday, 5/20 & 5/21, 9am-4pm, Frances Young Hall. South Bay Geranium Society Show and Sale. Variety of geraniums seldom seen in nurseries.
Southern California Horticultural Society
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027
Sunday, May 7, 9am-2pm: Garden tour of the Woollcott home in Hollywood Hills. Details and registration at www.socalhort.org !
Thursday, 5/11, 7pm. Tender Loving Care for Your Trees. Rebecca Latta, horticultural consultant. Non-SCHS members invited; $5 admission to SCHS tour and meeting.
Theodore Payne Foundation
10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352
Thursday, 5/4, 8-10am. First Thursday Bird Walk with Ken Gilliland. Join a passionate local birder for an easy morning ramble on TPF grounds, where more than 50 different species of birds have been seen. Bring your binoculars, hat and water. Ken is an accomplished birdwatcher and avian artist (empken.com) and former TPF webmaster. Free, but RSVP to email@example.com. Repeats first Thursdays through May.
Saturday, 5/6, 9am-noon. First Saturday: Volunteer Day at TPF. Join the Theodore Payne Foundation family of volunteers to improve and care for our gardens. We will clear, clean, plant, mulch, prune and perform other tasks to spruce up the grounds and show how beautiful native plant gardens can be. Bring hat, gloves, knee pads and other tools for personal use. TPF will provide shovels, trowels, rakes, loppers, hoes, pruners and refreshments. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Repeats first Saturdays through June.
Saturday, 5/6, 8-10am. BirdLA Day Morning Bird Walk with Alex Coffey. Join expert local birder Alex Coffey for a morning bird walk on Theodore Payne grounds in La Tuna Canyon in the Verdugo Mountains, a spot where more than 50 different species of birds have been sighted. Bring your hat, water and binoculars. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are recommended. No experience necessary; adults and children are both welcome. Enrollment limited to 20. This event is free, but RSVPs are appreciated.
Saturday, 5/6, 2-4pm, Theodore Payne Gallery. BirdLA Day Event - The Gottlieb Native Garden: Photographs by Susan Gottlieb Reception and artist talk. Attend the opening of our new exhibition from her gorgeous book The Gottlieb Native Garden: A California Love Story. The Gottliebs' beautiful, bird-filled Beverly Hills garden is one of the most popular stops on the annual Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour. Artist talk at 3pm. Refreshments will be served. This event is free, but RSVPs are appreciated.
Saturday, 5/13, 8:30am-12:30pm. California Native Plant Horticulture with Lili Singer. The basics on gardening with California flora: why natives are valuable, about plant communities, plus planting techniques, establishment, irrigation, pruning and ongoing maintenance. Recommended for beginners; prerequisite to our Three-Part California Native Plant Garden Design course. Lili is a horticulturist, garden writer and educator, and TPF Director of Special Projects and Adult Education. $45 TPF members, $55 non-members.
Three Saturdays, 5/13, 5/27, & 6/10, 9am-1pm. Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Carlos Flores. This comprehensive three-session course for home gardeners offers a sound foundation in design styles and process, the importance of sustainability and how to model a garden after patterns in nature. Course Prerequisite: TPF’s California Native Plant Horticulture class. $225 members, $275 non-members; $285 member couples, $335 non-member couples. Last day to register=5/5.
University of California Riverside Botanic Garden
900 University Avenue
(none for May)