March 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, 3/11, 9am.  Grow Your Own Strawberries.  Plant strawberries now for flavorful summer harvests. Armstrong has its largest selection in stock now – chosen just for your neighborhood. Strawberries are so easy to grow, even in small spaces. Armstrong’s experts will show everyone how.

Saturday, 3/18, 9am.  Growing Perfect Tomatoes.  It is tomato planting time. Armstrong has the largest selection of all kinds, grown just for each area. Tomatoes are easy and great for beginning gardeners. Participants will learn everything necessary to grow delicious and juicy tomatoes.

Saturday, 3/25, 9am.  Grow Your Own Hot Peppers.  Kick up your veggie garden a notch with hot peppers. Choose from mild to nuclear. Armstrong’s experts will show class attendees the best varieties to use in California gardens.

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107

Thursday, 3/23, 7:30pm.  Mariposa Lilies of the Southern California Floristic Province with Fred Roberts.  The mariposa lilies (Calochortus) includes about 70 species found in western North America from British Columbia south to Guatamala, with its center of diversity in California. The mountains, foothills, and coastal regions of southwestern California and northwestern Baja California, Mexico, offer 15 species. The flowers of these bulb-forming perennials come in an assortment of colors and forms varying from the all white globe-shaped white fairy lantern (C. albus) to the brilliant orange of the desert mariposa (C. kennedyi), the reds, whites, and yellows of the butterfly mariposa lily (C. venustus), and the Weed’s mariposa lily (C. weedii). Some species are widespread, others are included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants because of rarity or threat. Fred Roberts gives us a tour of this delightful group of wildflowers. Author of Illustrated Guide to the Oaks of the Southern Californian Floristic Province (1995) and co-author of Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains (2013), Fred has been working with native plants since high school. He was the assistant curator of the Herbarium at the Museum of Systematic Biology at U.C. Irvine for nine years, worked as a botanist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, primarily adding species to the endangered species list, and has spent the last 16 years as an independent botanical consultant, author, and artist. His specialties include the flora of Orange County, oaks, lilies and their relatives, and rare plants of southern California.

California Native Plant Society – Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
First United Methodist Church

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403

(None for March)

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436

Tuesday, 3/14, 7:30-9pm.  Conservation Gardening:  Citizen Scientists and the Fight to Save our Flowers with Dan Gluesenkamp, Ph.D., Executive Director, CNPS.  For more than 50 years, the California Native Plant Society has protected our native plants and celebrated California’s wild gardens.  During those decades, the human population has doubled and conservation in California has been dramatically transformed.  Against all odds, a dedicated community of plant lovers, using a growing diversity of conservation tools, has somehow managed to save most of the plants and places that make California special.  

California Rare Fruit Growers - Foothill Chapter

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

(None for March)

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 second Saturdays. 

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011

Saturdays & Sundays, 3/4 & 3/5, and 3/11 & 3/12, 10am–4pm. Cherry Blossom Festival. Our most popular festival returns with two weekends of live music, origami, good food and beautiful blooms throughout the garden. Note that Advance Timed Tickets are required -- available at .

Monday–Friday, 3/6-3/10, 1pm. Cherry Blossom Walks. Guided walks strolling through the gardens viewing seasonal flowering plants including cherry blossoms.

Saturday & Sunday, 3/25 & 3/26, 9am-5pm. Tomatomania! The world’s largest tomato seedling sale returns to Descanso Gardens with plant sales, tomato growing classes, cooking demos, tomato-focused food offerings and hands-on, tomato-themed fun for the whole family. Activities free with admission unless otherwise noted.

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211

Sunday, 3/26, 12noon-4pm.  12th annual Desert Garden Tour of colorful and water-conserving desert gardens in Palm Springs.  Free for members, $15 for non-members, $5 for students.  For more information, visit the Desert Horticultural Society website at or on Facebook at Society.  Tour Chairman Robert Musial can be reached at or 760-333-3903.

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, 3/4, 2-4pm.  The Gentle Art of Espalier: growing trees and large shrubs in narrow spaces.   

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831

Saturday, 3/4, 10-11:30am. Composting with Worms! Learn how to introduce and maintain worms in your home composting system! When worms do the composting work for you, you get the reward of rich “fluffy” soil that works wonders in your garden. $7/members, $10/non-members.

Saturdays, 3/11 & 3/25, 10am. Free Public Tours. Join one of our knowledgeable docents as they guide you on a tour through the beautiful garden. Enjoy the sights and sounds of our different garden collections through secret trails off the beaten path. Docents will take you to their favorite places in the garden and share stories and folklore.

Sunday, 3/12, 2pm. The Plants of Disneyland: Jungle Cruise. Dr. David Marley returns to the Arboretum to tell the story of how the wildest part of Disneyland was created: the Jungle Cruise. Marley will discuss how the Evans Brothers went about creating what they called “The best jungle this side of Costa Rica” in less than a year. Many of the plants chosen for the ride were new to southern California and required special care to keep them alive. Even today a small army of horticulturists work to keep the jungle healthy and looking untamed. Dr. Marley will also read excerpts from his new book, Skipper Stories: True Tales from Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise, featuring stories of skippers’ interactions with the jungle and its wildlife. A signed copy of Dr. Marley’s book is included in the registration fee. $20/members; $25/non-members.Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Deukmejian Wilderness Park

3429 Markridge Road
La Crescenta 91214

Saturday, 3/18, 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.

Saturday, 3/25, 9am-12 noon. Medicinal Plant Hike. Professor Jim Adams of the USC School of Pharmacy will guide us through moderately steep trails and discuss Native Americans’ historic use of medicinal plants. 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, 3/11, 8 am-12 noon. 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.

Sunday, 3/5, 2pm, Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  Southern California Gardens Series:  Remarkable New Discoveries from Hummingbird Rescue.  Join hummingbird rehabilitator Terry Masear for a lecture and slideshow about nature’s tiny “flying jewels” and the work of the dedicated volunteers of Los Angeles Hummingbird Rescue. Since its inception, Los Angeles Hummingbird Rescue has rehabilitated 10,000 orphaned or injured birds and released them back into the wild. Following the program, Masear will sign copies of her recent book, Fastest Things on Wings: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood.

Thursday, 3/9, 2:30pm, Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  Garden Talk & Plant Sale:  Passionate Eyes: Expressing Your Love of Gardens in Photography.  Almost every visitor to a public garden is inspired at some point to pull out a camera and start taking pictures. Nature photographer Irwin Lightsone will share tips for capturing more striking images of flowers, plants, and landscapes, whether you’re a beginner taking snaps with your iPhone or a more experienced photographer using an expensive DSLR camera.

Saturday & Sunday, 3/19 & 3/19, 10am-5pm, Brody Botanical Center.  14th Annual Clivia Show and Sale.  Nearly 250 beautiful specimens will be on view. Visitors can enjoy the prize-winning exhibits, learn more about clivia plants at a series of talks and demonstrations, or browse through the sale area for unusual varieties to take home. A “People’s Choice” award allows the public to vote for their favorite plant in the show. The event is presented by the Southern California Chapter of the North American Clivia Society. 

Thursday, 3/23, 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 monthly.

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

Wednesday, 3/1, 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.

Thursday, 3/2, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening -- A History of Plant Based Fabrics & Plant Based Dyes with Edwina Pellikka.  Edwina Pellikka earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Art, Painting and Printing in London, England. She held a two and a half year apprenticeship at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in dyeing, printing, and breakdown of fabrics and costumes, during which time she achieved Master Craft status. In America, Edwina was called by LucasFilm for a 9-month stint dyeing fabric, hand airbrushing, and aging all the monsters for his third film in the Star Wars series, “Return of the Jedi”, which ultimately afforded her the opportunity to open A Dyeing Art in Los Angeles. $25 (includes Arboretum admission); To register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Thursday, 3/9, 9:3am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening -- Field Trip -- Less Common Australian Trees, Beyond Eucalyptus, at The Huntington with Kathy Musial.  Kathy will discuss some interesting trees of Australia that can be grown in Southern California, some familiar (Brachychiton) and some little-known even in other botanical gardens (Hernandia). One might expect that many of these trees are from the dry areas of Australia, but many plants from the rainforests of Queensland have proven adaptable here. Then we’ll walk through the Australian Garden. Please wear comfortable shoes. Preregistration required. $25 (includes Huntington admission).  To register, call the Arboretum Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Saturday, 3/11, 10am.  Crescent Farm Series -- California Meadow.  Spend a spring morning in a beautiful meadow at Crescent Farm!  Last November we demonstrated how to plant a California-friendly wildflower meadow as a lawn alternative; now in this workshop we explore its progress.  Plant ID, habitat building and meadow maintenance will be discussed.  No registration necessary.

Sunday, 3/12, 1-3pm.  What’s Happening in Gardening -- Planning Your Summer Garden with Christine Anthony.  It’s never too early to start planning your summer garden. Christine, the Renee's Garden Seeds representative for The Arboretum and a UCCE Master Gardener, will offer great tips of plant choices with an eye towards cooking delicious summer meals, sharing practical tips learned from life long experience in the garden and the kitchen. Please be prepared to share your recipe ideas and gardening tips, too. $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members.  To register, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Thursday, 3/16, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening -- Landscaping with Herbs and Edibles with Matt Tufenkian.  Edible plants can be beautiful too! Learn the practical applications of a wide variety of useful plants that can create attractive gardens that are useful. $25.  To register, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Saturday, 3/18.  10am-12noon.  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. $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members.  To register, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Sunday, 3/19, 1-3pm.  What’s Happening in Gardening -- Scented Geranium Garden with Matt Tufenkian.  Learn the joys of these easy-care, good-smelling, drought-tolerant plants! Matt-Dell will share with us about his family legacy and favorite plants, geraniums. He will show slides from the building of the Scented Geranium Garden (which he helped to create) and then lead us on a walk-through tour. $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members.  To register, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Thursday, 3/23, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening -- 5 Things That Will Completely Blow Your Mind About Trees with Frank McDonough.  In caring for your trees, what is the difference between success and failure? Frank McDonough, the Arboretum’s resident answer man, will reveal all we have ever wanted to know about the trees around us. $25.  To register, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Friday-Sunday, 3/24-26, 9am-4:30pm, Gift Shop Patio.  Tomato Sale:  Top Tomato Picks for 2017!  Learn all the tricks to successful planting and harvesting of the best tomatoes for this area.  You won't want to miss the large selection of different varieties of organic heirloom tomato plants! Regular admission applies.

Saturday, 3/25, 10am, Palm Room.  Tomato Talk with Christine Anthony, Renee Garden Seeds representative to the Arboretum.  All about tomato plants and seeds, including heirloom varieties, and how to grow them.

Saturday, 3/25, 10am-4pm.  Peacock Day.  Celebrate the Arboretum’s peacocks with a day of activities exploring their amazing habits and natural attributes.  3pm lecture $5 members, $10 non-members, $4 children 5-12; lecture reservations required:  call 626-821-4623.

Thursday, 3/30, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening -- Spring Blooming Plants with Joe Brosius.  Magic Growers Production Manager Joe Brosius is responsible for propagating and growing all plant material products and is a partner in the nursery. He will bring a wide array of plants from his nursery to show and tell. Joe is a past president of the L.A. chapter of California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers. He received his BS. degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  $25. 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 March)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007

Saturday & Sunday, 3/18 & 3/19, 9:30am-5pm.  L.A. Nature Fest. Sometimes people think there is no nature in a big city like Los Angeles. But there is, and the more you know how to look at it, the more nature you’ll see.  The L.A. Nature Fest is perfect for everybody – whether you’re a hiking machine or you barely go outside – because it celebrates the city’s surprising wildlife in fun ways. You’ll be blown away by the plants, the animals, their incredible survival stories, the best ways to see them, and the people devoted to protecting and studying them. L.A. Nature Fest unfolds in our very own Nature Gardens, which are great because they’re easy to explore, but they’re also an active research site – a place where our scientists do real research and our educators explain nature’s coolest stories. Each day will be filled with performances, hands-on workshops and tours. You won’t believe what’s out there!  Members free; Non-members: $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors with valid ID, $5 for children, free for children ages 2 and under. For tickets and more information, visit .

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 Repeats every weekend.

Saturday, 3/4, 1-4pm.  Creation Station:  Lovely Lavender.  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. March’s theme, Lovely Lavender, celebrates Spring. For more details visit Repeats first Saturday of each month with a different plant-themed activity.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711

Saturday, 3/4, 10am-12:30pm.  Join Author, Naturalist and Artist Sama Wareh for a workshop based on her award winning book, How to Draw 60 Native CA Plants and Animals: A Field Guide. Learn how to sharpen your observation skills in order to capture nature's beauty with your preferred artistic medium. Learn how to break seemingly complicated drawings into shapes and lines. Bring your favorite sketchbook and drawing tools and come prepared to have some fun! Additional art supplies will be provided. $20 members, $25 non-members. To register, go to

Saturday & Sunday, 3/4 & 3/5, 9am-5pm. Botany 101. In this two-day class, take your passion for plants to the next level.  On the first day, Claremont Graduate University Botany graduate students Sophie Winitsky and Dylan Cohen will introduce you to plant physiology from roots to shoots, and carry you through the concepts of biological evolution, taxonomy, and ecology, providing you with a larger overview of the diversity of plants to be found all around us! The second day will include a field trip. $125 members for both days, $150 non-members for both days. To register, go to

Sunday, 3/5, 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. To register, go to

Saturday, 3/11, 8am-4:30pm.  Native Plant Sale. Celebrate spring with us! We will have a wonderful selection of California native plants to make your garden bloom spectacularly. Get inspiration with free admission to the Garden.

Saturday, 3/11, 10-11am.  Grow Native Nursery Workshop: Habitat Gardening for Birds and Animals. Gain the skills you need to successfully establish your native plants for birds and other animals. To register, go to

Saturday, 3/18, 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, go to

Saturday, 3/25, 10-11am.  Grow Native Nursery Workshop: Pruning 101. Don’t sweat the technique. Learn how to deadhead, pinch, thin and shape out your native plants. To register, go to

Saturday, 3/25, 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. $20 members, $25 non-members. To register, go to

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024

Saturday, 3/4, 9am-12noon.  Learn the basics of planting a living wall with Mary Lou Morgan.  We will be planting a 10"x20" wall of succulent varieties in just 3 hours that you can take home! Living walls can be used exterior or interior with multitudes of colors, textures and sizes.  The possibilities of striking patterns and unique designs are endless. Members $30, non-members $36; additional $80 per student materials paid directly to the instructor on the day of class.

Saturday, 3/4, 9am-12noon.  Healing Garden and Therapeutic Landscapes Immersion with Chris Garcia.  Learn the design principles of a Healing Garden for stress-reduction and mindful awareness. Chris will take you on a visual tour of healing gardens at healthcare facilities throughout the country and apply concepts learned to applications in the home garden setting. We’ll look at how access to nature influences health and how to incorporate it into daily life (including a meditative walk through the Botanic Garden).  Special attention will be given to personal experience of place and the psychology of the “inward garden,” a place within us “before gardens and after gardens.” Members $40, Non-Members $48. Please register by February 24.

Saturday, 3/18, 9am-1pm.  Macro Flower and Garden Photography Workshop with Bob Bretell.  Join professional flower photographer Bob Bretell as he leads you into the fascinating world of macro photography. During this fun and informative workshop Bob will show you everything you need to know to create stunning flower and nature photos. Bob will show you how to choose the best macro lens or filter, compositional techniques, using flash and light modifiers, stacking layers and more. A photo critique and discussion will follow. Members $62, Non-Members $74. Please register by March 10.

Saturday, 3/25, 9am-1pm.  Build Your Own Hydroponic Spring Garden with Alex Kallas of AgPALS.  Learn the principles of the hydroponic wick method by building your own sustainable garden to take home.  Members $80, Non-Members $96. Fee includes materials. Please register by March 17.

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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


Wednesday, 3/1, 7pm.  Monthly meeting.  Insectaries and Biocontrol with Kyra Rude from Rincon-Vitova.  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

(None for March)

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027

Thursday, 3/9, 7-9pm.  Barbara Eisenstein discusses her book, Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants.  Non-members welcome; $5 admission.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352

Thursday, 3/2, 8:00-10:00am, 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 ( and former TPF webmaster. Free, but RSVP to Repeats first Thursdays through May.

Saturday, 3/4, 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  Repeats first Saturdays through June.

Saturdays, 3/4, 3/25, and 4/8, 9am-1pm.  Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Joshua Link.  A comprehensive three-session course for home gardeners. Prerequisite: Our California Native Horticulture class (must be taken before first design class). $225 TPF members, $275 non-members; $285 TPF member couples, $335 non-member couples. Complete details at

Saturday, 3/4, 1:30-3:30pm.  Willow Workshop with Kat High.  Discover, enjoy and learn how to grow our native Salix (willow) in this lecture, demonstration and hands-on workshop! Learn willow harvesting techniques and create your own willow seed beater for gathering seed in your own native plant garden. $15 TPF members, $20 non-members.

Friday, 3/10, 9:00am-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.

Fridays, 3/10, 3/24, and 4/15, 11:30am-3:30pm.  Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Carol Armour Aronson.  A comprehensive three-session course for home gardeners. Prerequisite: Our California Native Horticulture class (must be taken before first design class). $225 TPF members, $275 non-members; $285 TPF member couples, $335 non-member couples. Complete details at

Friday, 3/10, 1:30-2:30pm.  Native Plant Maintenance Basics, a Walk and Talk with Steve Singer.  A quick overview of maintenance practices for the California native garden — held outdoors on TPF grounds. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring your hat and water bottle. $15 TPF members, $20 non-members.

Saturday, 3/11, 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, 3/18, 8:30am-4:30pm.  Poppy Day Spring Sale – one day only.  Discounts to all on plants, seed and TPF wear! TPF Members = 15% off all day.  Non-members = 10% off after 11am.  Not yet a member? Join at the door!

Saturdays, 3/25, 4/14, and 4/29, 12:30-4:30pm.  Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Andreas Hessing (at Hastings Branch Library Pasadena).  A comprehensive three-session course for home gardeners. Prerequisite: Our California Native Horticulture class (must be taken before first design class). $225 TPF members, $275 non-members; $285 TPF member couples, $335 non-member couples. Complete details at

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521

Saturday, 3/11, 9:30-11am.  California Native Plant Walk and Talk with George Spiliotis.  $20 for Friends members, $25 for non-members. RSVP to or 951-784-6962, check payable to UC Regents, memo: 3/11 walk/talk, mail to: UC Riverside, Attn. Botanic Gardens, 2460 Geology, Riverside, CA 92521

Saturday, 3/18, 10am-12noon.  Creating a Backyard Habitat with Ann Platzer.  $20 for Friends members, $25 for non-members, RSVP to or 951-784-6962, check payable to UC Regents, memo: 3/18 lecture/tour, mail to: UC Riverside, Attn. Botanic Gardens, 2460 Geology, Riverside, CA 92521

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