April 2017

Submitted by Yvonne Savio
Contact each location to confirm the listed event, for details, and for a full schedule.
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, 4/1, 8am.  Small Space Gardening.  Make the most out of any outdoor space with Armstrong’s unique ideas and expert advice.

Saturday, 4/8, 8am.  Homegrown Veggies.  Now is the time to plant those favorite vegetables for the summer harvest. Armstrong’s experts will give participants growing tips and advice from planting to harvest.

Saturday, 4/22, 8am.  Ladybugs and Other Good Bugs.  Beneficial insects are excellent garden helpers, and now is the ideal time to introduce them to the garden. Attendees will learn which plants are best for maintaining these beneficiaries as well as how bugs can help any garden flourish.

Sunday, 4/23, 9am.  Organic Gardening Basics.  As the one-stop nursery for everything needed to start and maintain an organic garden, Armstrong’s class will focus on building soil health and problem solving using organic products and techniques.

Saturday, 4/29, 8am.  Growing Citrus in the Home Garden.  From gourmet Meyer lemons to clementines, attendees will learn how to get bountiful crops of juicy citrus fruit from Armstrong’s experts.

California Native Plant Society – San Gabriel Mountains Chapter  
Eaton Canyon Nature Center

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107


Thursday, 4/27, 7:30pm.  Conservation of Berberis nevinii (Nevin’s barberry) with Loraine Washburn.  This federally listed plant historically occurred in the San Fernando Valley but no longer occurs there due to development.  However, they were brought into cultivation by Theodore Payne.  Loraine Washburn is Conservation Botanist 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


Saturday & Sunday, 4/22&23.  Tejon Ranch Conservancy Overnight Field Trip.  For more information on the 270,000-acre reserve in the Tehachapi Mountains, see http:/ / tejonconservancy.org. This will be a docent-led tour of this enormous area of biodiversity during the peak of spring blooming.  Plans call for a full day Saturday, beginning early, then overnight accommodations either at a nearby motel or at a primitive campsite on the ranch, and an additional half day of botanizing on Sunday.  The Conservancy requests a $40 donation per person. The trip is also open to those who wish to participate only on Saturday. Preference will be given to members of the CNPS LA/SMM Chapter and other CNPS members. A wait-list will be maintained. Details about camping and motels will be furnished in March or early April along with details about appropriate clothing and logistics. Please be aware that Tejon Ranch is a remote backcountry area: you cannot enter or leave as you please; distances and travel times can be significant; weather and temperatures can be challenging; and no pets are allowed. The location is about 75 minutes’ drive from the Los Angeles area. Travel on the Ranch will be provided by the Conservancy, so participants do not need to bring their own special vehicles. Each participant must register by emailing snowdy.dodson@csun.edu indicating name(s) of attendee(s), whether you are staying both days and camping or finding a motel, or attending for Saturday only, and a contact email and cell phone number. 

California Native Plant Society – Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
Sepulveda Garden Center

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436


Saturday, 4/15, 9am-4pm.  Native Plant Week Wildflower Show, Symposium and Plant and Book Sale.  A show of cut native wildflowers along with a sale of plants from the Theodore Payne Foundation. The symposium will feature speakers throughout the day: from 10-11:30 Carol Bornstein will present "Welcoming Wildlife Into Our Gardens", from noon-1:30pm Genevieve Arnold will present "Aromative Plants for the Garden", from 2-3:30 Bryn Potter will present "Native Plants in Southern California Basketry".  We welcome California native wildflower cuttings from your home gardens.  The cuttings need to be available for set up on Friday, April 14.  Contact Snowdy Dodson via email: snowdy.dodson@csun.edu or phone: 818-782-9346 for details or go to www.lacnps.org .

California Rare Fruit Growers - Foothill Chapter

Los Angeles County Arboretum, Lecture Hall A
301 North Baldwin Ave
Arcadia 91007


(None for April)

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869


Saturday, 3/11, 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/CoastkeeperGardenShareRepeats second Saturdays. 

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011


Saturday & Sunday, 4/22 & 4/23, 9am–4pm. Earth Day & Botanic Bling. Celebrate Spring with programs focusing on flowers, plants for your garden, and earth-friendly Bling!

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211


Saturday 4/8, 12:30-4:30pm.  The Joy of Gardening with Desert Native Plants.  The Plant Yoda’s Den – Morongo Valley.  $45 includes indoor and outdoor instruction and hand-outs.  Directions to workshop are sent upon registration.  For more information, go to http://www.deserthorticulturalsociety.org/events/2017/04/the-joy-of-gardening-with-desert-native-plants/ .   To reserve your space, please call 760-363-1166, visit www.powerofplants.com or email robin@powerofplants.com .

Wednesday, 4/19, 6pm.  Cacti, Agaves, and Yu7ccas of California’s Deserts with Stephen Ingram.  Hoover Room @ The Living Desert 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260. 

Eaton Canyon Nature Center      

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107


Every Wednesday, and second Sunday, 10am.  Eaton Canyon Gardening Group.  Volunteers maintain the garden. 

Saturday, 3/18, 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 eatoncanyon.conservation@gmail.comRepeats third Saturdays. 

El Dorado Nature Center

7550 E. Spring Street
Long Beach 90815


Saturday, 4/1, 2-4pm.  Birds on a (Space) Budget:  Attracting Birds in a Small Garden.   

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831


Saturday, 4/1, 10am-12noon. Hypertufa. Hypertufa is an artificial medium with absorbent properties similar to tufa rock. It is lighter than regular concrete, and will not be damaged by freezing after it is completely cured. Hypertufa, a mixture of cement, coir peat and pearlite molded to resemble tufa or crumbling granite, is a fun process for creating “instant antiquities” for the garden. You will start with a small bowl or trough to learn the techniques so you can make larger pieces at home with confidence. All materials are provided. Be ready to get dirty and have fun; bring water and wear a hat. $30/members, $35/non-members.

Saturday, 4/8, 9-10:30am. Medicinal and Edible Plants of Southern California. Plants are incredible sources of medicine and nutrition. Join herbalist William Broen for a morning of entertaining exploration throughout the Arboretum as he illuminates the many fascinating uses, both past and present, of various California native plants. Broen will discuss elderberry, white sage, yerba santa, manzanita, live oak, and stinging nettles, among other plant species. $35/members, $40/non-members.

Saturday 4/22 & Sunday 4/23, 10am-4pm. Green Scene Plant & Garden Expo. Green Scene, this year featuring over 80 exhibitors, is consistently recognized as the largest, oldest and most complete regional outdoor plant sale in the region. Unique plants directly from growers; handcrafted custom garden art and pottery; demonstrations and education sessions; and Food Court and Beer Garden offering a variety of food and beverages. $8 general admission; free for Fullerton Arboretum members.

Weekends 4/22-5/21, 12-4pm. Bonsai “Tree in a Pot” Exhibit.Glendale Community Services & Parks Department

Deukmejian Wilderness Park

3429 Markridge Road
La Crescenta 91214


Saturday, 4/15, 8am-12noon.  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)
Glendale 91201


Saturday, 4/22, 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, 4/1, 1-4pm, Japanese Garden, Bonsai Court.  International Bonsai Artist Mauro Stemberger.  Stop by the Japanese Garden and watch award-winning bonsai artist Mauro Stemberger create a living masterpiece for The Huntington’s bonsai collection. The working demonstration is open to all visitors. Stemberger’s lifelong passion for bonsai—he started as a teenager, collecting wild trees from the Alps—and his professional background as an architect have given him a unique eye for design along with the technical skill to transform specimens into dramatic living sculptures. He now tours the world, helping bonsai hobbyists turn their own trees into artistic masterpieces.

Thursday, 4/13, 2:30pm, Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  Garden Talk & Sale:  Australian Plants for the American Garden.  Horticulturist Paul D. Chambers, founder of Australian Outback Plants in Tonopah, Ariz, discusses a variety of Australian native plants that are well suited to Southern California. Many of the plants featured in the presentation can be found in the gardens at The Huntington, including Callistemon, Eremophila, and Westringia. A plant sale will follow the talk. 

Thursday, 4/27, 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).

Friday, 4/28, 10am - 5pm & Saturday, 4/29, 10am - 1pm for Members; Saturday, 4/29, 1pm - 5pm & Sunday, 4/30, 10am - 5pm Open to the Public2017 Spring Garden Sale  Looking for water-wise options for your garden? You'll find them at The Huntington’s popular annual spring sale. A wide selection of Southwest and California native plants will bring abundant color and varied form into your garden without using a lot of water. You'll also find a great assortment of vegetable seedlings, fruit trees, herbs, cacti, succulents, roses, flowering shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and much more. Knowledgeable Huntington staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice about plant selection, care, and cultivation. The sale will be held in the Botanical Center nursery area. For convenient shopping, bring a wagon or cart to carry your purchases. General Admission.

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
Arcadia 91007


Saturday, 4/1, 10am-12noon, Education House.  No Sacrifice, Low Water Garden with Scott Kleinrock.  Low water landscapes do not have to be about “tightening the belt.”  Learn how to envision spaces that accomplish everything you could want from a garden including providing color, habitat, shade, and places for respite and celebration, that simply need less water and resources because they are composed of plants naturally adapted to our regional conditions.  We will cover important foundational concepts as well as basics of design, plant selection, and garden project preparation. $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (includes Arboretum admission).  To register call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Wednesday, 4/5, 1:30-3pm.  Plant Information with Arboretum Botanist Frank McDonough.  Stay on top of the world of botany & horticulture with various landscaping and gardening topics plus the latest news in gardening and plant science. Frank will also reveal some of the more important or unusual or entertaining questions that he and the volunteers have received from the public during the previous month. Bring your own plant questions for discussion. Repeats first Wednesdays.

Thursday, 4/6, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening - Jill Morganelli’s Favorite Places at the Arboretum.  Arboretum Horticultural Supervisor and staff organic gardening specialist Jill Morganelli leads a walk through some of her favorite parts of the Arboretum while she illuminates some of the plant and design choices employed. Please wear walking shoes and sun protection. $25 (includes Arboretum admission). To register call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Fridays, April 7, 14, 21, 28; 1:30-4pm, Palm Room.  Introduction To Plant Identification with Frank McDonough.  Arboretum Botanist Frank McDonough discusses more than a dozen major plant families represented by specimens at the Arboretum. You will learn about plant classification, how to identify plants genus, family and order using both printed and digital plant keys. You will also learn how to identify and determine the most important plant structures for identifying an unknown plant, strategies for using the internet to help you identify plants and other tools and skills useful in plant identification. Each student is required to have: a 10X or 20X jewelers loop (preferably with light) and copy of “How to Identify Plants” by H.D. Harrington. $60 members / $70 non-members (includes Arboretum admission) for the four Fridays.   To register call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Thursday, 4/13, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening - Designing with Natives and Near Natives with Laura Bauer.  “Drought-tolerant” doesn’t have to mean cactus and lava rock! Garden Designer Laura Bauer shares her experience using water-wise plants from California and beyond.  See her website www.bauerfinegardening.com .$25 (includes Arboretum admission).  To register call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Thursday, 4/20, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening - Plant Propagation with Laramee Haynes.  Propagating your own plants can be a rewarding and truly green hobby. Making cuttings, divisions and planting seeds can be surprisingly easy. Like very slow cooking, follow the recipe and Mother Nature will help you succeed. Knowledge makes all thumbs green! The results can be added to your garden or shared with family and friends. This class will cover and demonstrate basic techniques that you can do at home. A handout is provided with a list of easy to propagate plants; www.hayneslandscaping.com.  $25 (includes Arboretum admission).  To register call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Saturday, 4/22, 10:00am.  Crescent Farm Series – Pollinators.  Crescent Farm provides amazing habitat where our local fauna thrives.  In the design and development phases of building Crescent Farm, special consideration was given to plant selection and how these plants establish superior homes for native bees, birds and butterflies.  Introducing pollinators into your yard adds interest and photo and learning opportunities for the whole family.

Thursday, 4/27, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening - Water Harvesting Design with Leigh Adams.  Interpretive Horticulturalist and Creator of the Crescent Garden Leigh Adams provides an overview of her water harvesting techniques in private client gardens.  See her website, www.laglassart.com.  $25 (includes Arboretum admission).  To register call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Saturday, 4/29, 12noon-1:30pm, Education House.  The Essential Edible Garden - A Peek at a New Paradigm with Kyra Saegusa.  Join Kyra Saegusa in exploring the rewards of the ecosystem-based edible landscape in this introductory workshop. This class will lay the foundation for introducing this wholistic practice into your own garden and help in the creation of your own sustainable verdant, food-producing space that is at the same time livable and beautiful. $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 April)

Morongo Basin Conservation Association


Saturday & Sunday, 4/22 & 4/23.  7th Annual Desert-Wise Landscape Tour.  More than 20 Morongo Basin drought-tolerant home landscapes will be highlighted in Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Flamingo Heights, Landers and Twenty-Nine Palms.  Homeowners will be available to discuss their choices of native, drought-tolerant and water-efficient plants, architectural shading, outdoor rooms, pathways, sitting areas, rockscapes, found objects, yard art and potted plants.  $10 fee per person donation.  For more information, see http://www.mbconservation.org/ , email events@mbconservation.org , or phone 760-365-9366 or 760-364-3455.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007


(None for April)

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, 4/1, 1-4pm.  Creation Station:  Brilliant Blue.  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. April’s theme, Brilliant Blue, celebrates spring rain.. 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
Claremont 91711


Saturdays & Sundays, 10 am on Saturdays & 1 pm on Sundays. Wildflower Walks. These sixty-minute guided tours through the Garden explore the blooms and wonders of springtime in California. Free with general admission or membership. To register, email Diana Nightingale at dnightingale@rsabg.org .

Saturday, 4/1, 10am- 3pm. Poetry Day. California poets welcome the season with verses that celebrate our environment. Listen to them recite their works at various stations throughout the Garden. Free with general admission or membership.

Sunday, 4/2, 8-9:30am. 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. Register at http://www.rsabg.org/bird-walks .

Saturday, 4/8, 10-11am. Grow Native Nursery - Habitat Gardening for Pollinators. Curious how to encourage and attract more pollinators to your own garden? This free lecture will inform you on how to do it.  Register at http://www.rsabg.org/nursery-calendar .

Saturday,4/15, 8-9:30am.  Free Family Bird Walk. Join Chris Verma of Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly bird walk through the Garden. Register at http://www.rsabg.org/bird-walks .

Saturday, 4/22, 10-11am.  Sage is the Rage! Grow Native Nursery will host a cornucopia of native sage infused foods to sample in celebration of Earth Day and will have a wide selection of native sages for sale.

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, 4/22, 4/23, 4/24, 10am-4pm.  California Wildflower Show. Experience the Garden in full bloom, witness a show-stopping display of California wildflowers and enjoy family-friendly activities.

Monday, 4/24, 10am-4pm. Wildflower Senior Day. Guests 65 and over receive free admission to the Garden and California Wildflower Show. Limited tram tours will also be available. 

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024


Tuesday, 4/4, 9am-12noon.  Succulent Easter Basket Class (Ages 18+).  Create your own unique miniature succulent Easter Basket for your garden or table. Forms and succulents provided. Please bring small clippers for this easy, clever garden design workshop. $30 members, $36 non-members (fee includes materials). Please register by March 31.

Friday, 4/21, 10am-3pm.  Mosaic Birdhouse (Ages 18+) with Candy Sharda.  Decorate a wooden birdhouse for your garden.  Participants will paint their birdhouse with a variety of outdoor paint colors.  Then, they will embellish them with glass tiles, beads and gem marbles.   Finish off with little birds, flowers and butterflies.  $40 members, $48 non-members; plus $25 per student materials fee paid directly to instructor.

Saturday, 4/22, 9am-12noon.  Living Wall / Vertical Garden (Ages 18+) with Mary Lou Morgan.  We will be planting a 10"x20" wall with a variety of succulents. Living walls can be exterior or interior with multitudes of colors, textures and sizes.  The possibilities of striking patterns and unique designs are endless. REGISTER EARLY! These classes will sell out! $30 members, $36 non-members; plus $80 per student materials fee paid directly to the instructor.

Saturday, 4/22, 9am-1pm.  Fine Art Nature Photography New Class (Ages 18+) with Bob Bretell.  This class is recommended for all nature lovers who want to capture their vision with a camera. We will explore ways to help you create more personally satisfying images that not only look beautiful but also convey a certain mood or emotion. We will learn to recognize line and shape, geometry and repeating patterns. We will also focus on ways to embrace light, camera movement and how to use selective focus. Bob will help you to break out of your comfort zone and discover new possibilities!  All levels welcome.  $62 members, $75 non-members. Please register by April 14.

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
909 N La Cumbre Road
Santa Barbara 93110



Wednesday, 4/5, 7pm.  Monthly meeting.  How Gardens Work with Linda Chalker-Scott.  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


Saturday & Sunday, 4/8 & 4/9, 9am-4pm.  45th Annual Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale.  Want more succulent colors and patterns in your garden? Looking for sculpturally attractive plants and handmade pots? Thousands of rare and beautiful plants and many beautiful pots will be for sale at inexpensive prices. Artistic and educational displays will provide new ideas on varieties of plants and how to display them. Expert Society members will be on hand to answer your questions about selection and growing.

Friday, 4/14, 9:30-11am.  Grow Series:  Gardening for a Changing Climate:  In my Backyard with UC Master Gardener Liza Go.  Soil is the foundation of any garden. Join us as we learn to analyze the soil in your own backyard to determine a sustainable design and comprehensive maintenance plan. Students will analyze their own soil and get up-close and personal with the microbes that matter.  Single Class:  $12 members, $15 non-members.  Registration required.

Friday, 4/21, 9:30-11am.  Grow Series:  Gardening for a Changing Climate:  Sustainable Garden Maintenance with UC Master Gardener Liza Go.   Gardening doesn’t have to be a chore if a garden is designed purposefully and thoughtfully. We take a look at how to maintain your oasis with minimal effort and maximum enjoyment. Students will learn gardening ‘hacks’ and how to identify and treat popular pest problems that can plague your garden.  Single Class:  $12 members, $15 non-members.  Registration required.

Sunday, 4/30, 2-3:30pm.  Grow Workshop:  Backyard Composting with UC Master Gardener Liza Go.  As a former landfill, our Garden is a wonderful example of the importance of reducing waste in our daily lives. While eliminating waste may not be very easy for many of us, using food waste is a sustainable way to help our plants thrive and is easy enough for anyone. Liza will provide an introductory look at composting and the impact it can make on your garden. Students will take a hands-on approach to learning the recipes of composting, the things to watch out for and how to turn one person’s trash into another person’s treasure.  $10 members, $20 non-members.  Registration required.

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027


Thursday, 4/13, 5:30-6:30pm, Guided Tour, and then 7-9pm presentation at Huntington Botanic Gardens.  New California Garden with Scott Kleinrock at The Huntington: Explorations Into the New Regional Plant Palette. 

5:30pm. Meet at the main entrance for a tour of the Frances and Sidney Brody California Garden led by Huntington landscape design and planning coordinator Scott Kleinrock. Landscaped with nearly 50,000 California natives and dry-climate plants covering an area of 6.5 acres, the garden reflects the local Mediterranean climate as well as both the agricultural and elegant estate history of the 207-acre Huntington grounds.

7:00pm. Meet in the Ahmanson Classroom in the Brody Botanical Center. The regular monthly SCHS meeting will highlight Scott's presentation about the California Garden.  Low-water landscapes do not have to be about “going without.”  Scott will discuss the concepts, planting design, and horticulture focused construction techniques behind the Huntington's Frances and Sidney Brody California Garden.  The California Garden strives to provide everything one could want from a landscape including color, habitat, shade, and places for respite and celebration, composed of plants primarily from the five Mediterranean climates of the world.  Scott will cover both the successes and challenges of designing, installing, and establishing the California Garden in a talk aimed at investigating models for sustainable regional horticulture.

Scott Kleinrock is a horticulturist, landscape designer, and garden educator focused on California native, regionally adapted, and edible landscapes.  He is currently the Conservation Programs Manager at the Chino Basin Water Conservation District, a San Bernardino County agency dedicated to creating a culture of sustainable water use through demonstration and education.  Previously he was the Landscape Design and Planning Coordinator at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens where he led the planting design of the Brody California Garden, a 6.5 acre Mediterranean climate landscape.

Huntington admission fee is waived for this meeting. 

Non-SCHS members invited; $5 admission to SCHS tour and meeting.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352


Saturday & Sunday, 4/1 & 4/2, 10am-5pm.  2017 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour.  Two-day self-guided journey through 32 beautiful, sustainable home gardens. Details, photos and tickets at nativeplantgardentour.org.

Thursday, 4/6, 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 programs@theodorepayne.org. Repeats first Thursdays through May.

Saturday, 4/8, 9am-noon.  First Saturday: Volunteer Day at TPF. (This month, on the SECOND Saturday.)  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 andrew@theodorepayne.org.  Repeats first Saturdays through June.

Saturday, 4/8, 2-3pm.  Irrigation Basics for the Native Garden with Carol Armour Aronson.  Curious about the best ways to water your native garden? Carol discusses how, when and where to irrigate, as well as the benefits and drawbacks for overhead, drip and hand-watering equipment. $15 TPF members, $20 non-members.

Saturday, 4/15, 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. $45 TPF members, $55 non-members.

Saturday, 4/15, 9am-noon.  Propagating California Native Plants with Jordan Isken.  Learn basic skills of vegetative propagation with TPF’s Propagation Manager. Various species of native plants will be discussed and started from cuttings or divisions in this hands-on session, and you’ll leave with a flat of starts for your own garden! Limit: 10 participants. $50 TPF members, $60 non-members.

Saturday, 4/15, 1:30-2:30pm.  Day Hiking Los Angeles, a book-signing with author Casey Schreiner.  Meet the founder and editor in chief of Modern Hiker, the #1 hiking blog on the West Coast – and have him sign your copy of Day Hiking Los Angeles (Mountaineers Books), which features 125 hikes for all ability levels and interests. An optional hike up Wild Flower Hill follows. Free, but please RSVP at programs@theodorepayne.org .

Fridays, 4/21, 5/5 and 5/19, 11:30am-3:30pm, with Orchid Black. Three-Part California Native Garden Design.  This comprehensive 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. Prerequisite: Our California Native Plant Horticulture class. $225 TPF members, $275 non-members; $285 TPF member couples, $335 non-member couples.

Saturdays, 4/22, 5/6 and 5/20, 9am-1pm, with Steve Gerischer.  Three-Part California Native Garden Design.  This comprehensive 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. Prerequisite: Our California Native Plant Horticulture class. $225 TPF members, $275 non-members; $285 TPF member couples, $335 nonmember couples.

Saturday, 4/22, 9am-12:30pm.  Native Plant Garden Maintenance with Lili Singer and Steve Singer.  Topics discussed include watering, fertilizing (or not), grooming, mulching, pest management and other aspects of garden maintenance. You’ll also discover how native plants respond to pruning cuts (good and bad), what we trigger with our gardening activities, and how to develop good maintenance goals. Part of the class with be held outdoors; bring your hat and water bottle. $40 TPF members, $50 non-members.

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521


Saturday & Sunday, 4/1 & 4/2, 11:30am-1pm.  44th Annual Spring Plant Sale.  The Spring Sale is one of the Gardens most popular events.  As always, a wide variety of plants will be available, including plants that attract hummingbirds or butterflies, drought tolerant and California native plants, plants that are fragrant or suitable for cut flowers or foliage.  Each plant will have a detailed information sign and color photo to help you make your selections.  Master Gardeners, expert Gardens staff, and volunteers will be available to answer your questions.  Free programs and demonstrations will be held.  Cash, checks and credit cards are now all accepted for payment. For more information, go to http://gardens.ucr.edu/events/springsale.html .

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