February 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

www.armstronggarden.com/

Saturday, 2/4, 9am.  Growing Your Own Berries.  Blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and boysenberries can all be grown in California gardens. Armstrong’s experts will show attendees how best to do so.

Saturday, 2/11, 9am.  Orchids.  Orchids add beauty and elegance to any home. Learn how easy taking care of orchids can really be from Armstrong’s gardening instructors.

Saturday, 2/18, 9am.  Gardening for Beginners.  The mission of Armstrong Garden Centers is to take the guesswork out of gardening. Participants will learn the basics and gain the confidence to grow anything.

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107
818-398-5420

http://cnps-sgm.org/

Thursday, 2/23, 7:30 p.m.  Hiding in Plain Sight:  A New Cactus Species From the California Desert with Michelle Cloud-Hughes.  Cylindropuntia chuckwallensis is a newly-described cactus found in San Bernardino, Riverside, and northern Imperial Counties. Michelle describes how this historically-misidentified cholla was determined to be a distinct new species. This presentation will provide detailed information on where to see “the chucky cholla” as well as many other intriguing succulents found in the same areas. Michelle Cloud-Hughes is a botanist and restoration ecologist specializing in desert flora and ecosystems. She is also fascinated by other cactus, particularly Echinocereus, Grusonia, Pediocactus, and occasionally even Opuntia.

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403
818-782-9346

www.lacnps.org

Tuesday, 2/14, 7:30-9pm.  Invasive Plant Spread:  One of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the Santa Monica Mountains with Dr. Irina Irvine.  The current state of invasive plant spread and what the National Park Service is doing about it will be discussed, including new statewide tools for tracking, prioritizing, and reporting new species and watchlist species, emphasizing the need for volunteer weed warriors and which infested areas in the Santa Monica Mountains. Dr. Irvine is a restoration ecologist on the staff of the National Park Service in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436
818-782-9346

www.lacnps.org

(none for February)

California Rare Fruit Growers - Foothill Chapter

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

www.foothillcrfg.org

Saturday, 2/4, 9:30am.  Annual Scion Exchange.  Entry into the arboretum is free if you tell them that you are attending the CRFG meeting.  Every year, our members share scion wood from many varieties of apples, apricots, peaches, pears, Asian pears, nectarines, grapes, figs, cherries, pomegranates, persimmons, paw-paws, mulberries, jujubes: you name it, we probably grow it. We will also have green cuttings from dragon fruit, cherimoya, white sapote, avocado, etc. However, DO NOT BRING CITRUS CUTTINGS OR SCIONWOOD OF NEWER PATENTED VARIETIES!  This popular event cannot succeed without your contributions. So, please bring fresh scionwood from your healthy deciduous fruit trees - share the varieties that do great in your garden. Anything from small twigs to pencil-width or slightly larger wood, from year-old growth, works best. Keep the wood cool and dark until the event, and make sure everything is clearly labelled and disease-free.  Finally, please do bring whatever fruit you are currently harvesting, and any homemade treats to share at our snack table. The event is free to all, so these donations are one way to reciprocate. There will be plenty of advice and probably a demo on how to graft.  If you want to prepare in advance for grafting season, note that we highly recommend Parafilm M laboratory film - it's the only thing I use to seal grafts and protect the scions. You can buy a lifetime supply (a 250' x 2" roll) at Amazon for about $25, so you can chip in with some with friends. Or, maybe one of you entrepreneurial types will buy a roll and sell lengths of it at the meeting!  For more information, go to www.foothillcrfg.org or email Dave Szymkowski, david.szymkowski@gmail.com .

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869
714-850-1965

www.coastkeeper.org

Saturday, 2/11, 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
818-949-7980

www.descansogardens.org

Saturday, 2/18, 10am. Family Nature Walk. These guided walks will take 6-10 year olds and their families on an expedition to explore and discover nature. This winter, learn how Descanso Gardens is a habitat for many animals.

Saturday, 2/18, 10am. Water Walk. Join Rich Atwater and Rachel Young for a special guided walk around Descanso Gardens with a focus on water. Together, Atwater and Young bring extensive knowledge about water resources and conservation efforts and will explore the big picture of water in the LA area, water wise practices at Descanso, and water conservation efforts you can make in your own garden. Free with regular admission.

Saturday & Sunday, 2/11 and 2/12, 9:30am-2pm.  Camellia & Tea Festival. Celebrate the camellia, which brightens winter days with its colorful blossoms and warms the heart when brewed into tea.  Enjoy tea tasting from Chado Tea of Pasadena, camellia crafts for the youngsters, a guided walk of the Descanso Gardens Camellia Collection, a Camellia Exploration Station, and a dance performance and interactive workshop from Invertigo Dance Theatre.

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211
760-902-0797

www.deserthorticulturalsociety.org

(None for February)

Eaton Canyon Nature Center      

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107
626-398-5420

http://www.ecnca.org/

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

Saturday, 2/18, 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
562-570-1745

http://www.longbeach.gov/park/park-and-facilities/parks-centers-pier/el-dorado-nature-center/

Saturday, 2/4, 2-4pm.  Foreground, Mid-Ground and Background:  Vertical Space and the Well-Designed Garden. 

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831
657-278-3407

www.fullertonarboretum.org

Saturday, 2/4, 10am–11:30am. Basics of Home Composting. Arboretum's Education Program Manager Miguel Macias will show you how easy it is to start your own home composting system. Learn what to add into your heap and what absolutely needs to stay out of the pile. Once you put these skills to practice and begin to divert waste from overfilling landfills, you will feel like you are doing your part in saving the planet. $7 members, $10 non-members.

Saturday, 2/18, 9am–10:30am. Medicinal & Edible Plants of Southern California and the Southwest. 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, 2/25, 10am–12noon. Designing Native Plant Gardens.  Award-winning landscape designer Steve Gerischer will teach you how to design your garden by matching native plants that will bloom in succession. $35 members, $40 non-members.

Huntington Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road
San Marino 91108
626-405-2100

www.huntington.org

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 L.A. Master Gardeners program will be on hand to answer questions and offer seasonal tips. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follow signs to the site.

Thursday, 2/9, 2:30pm. Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  Second Thursday Garden Talk & Sale:  South African Succulents.  Ernesto Sandoval, collections manager for the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, offers a grower’s perspective on the diversity of succulent plants in South Africa and Namibia, both in gardens and the wild. He’ll discuss highlights from his recent travels, including visits to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape, Quiver Tree Forest (Kokerboomwoud), and other locations. A plant sale follows the talk.

Saturday & Sunday, 2/11 & 12, Saturday 1-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm, Brody Botanical Center.  45th Annual Camellia Show and Sale co-sponsored by the Southern California Camellia Society.  Hundreds of gorgeous blooms compete for top honors.  Shop for camellia plants to grow at home, and get some expert tips on care and cultivation. Explore acres of blooming camellias in the gardens.

Thursday, 2/23, 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.

Saturday & Sunday, 2/25 & 26, 10am-5pm, Brody Botanical Center.  Annual Bonsai-a-Thon.  Southern California bonsai masters share their passion for the art form through exhibits, demonstrations, prize drawings, a “bonsai bazaar,” and a live auction at 3 p.m. each day. Proceeds from the event support the Golden State Bonsai Collection at The Huntington.

J Paul Getty Museum – Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles 90049
310-440-7300

www.getty.edu/museum

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
310-440-7300

www.getty.edu/museum

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
626-821-4623

www.arboretum.org/

Wednesday, 2/1, 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, 2/2, 9:30-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening - The Nature of Permaculture; Building Gardens & Community with January Nordman.  What would our lives look like if we could weave vibrant habitats throughout our sprawling metropolitan landscape? How do we begin to heal a world that is at odds with itself? Permaculture offers some possible solutions to these questions, as well as a challenge to how we can lead more fulfilling, authenticate lives as we confront the unknown of our current climate of chaos. January Nordman is a native plant landscape designer whose lifelong passion has been healthy habitats and water systems. She has been actively engaged in permaculture projects for almost a decade. Examples of her work can be seen at Throop Learning Garden and the Altadena Library Water Conservation Garden. $25 per class (includes Arboretum admission). To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class. For more information, please go to www.arboretum.org

Saturday, 2/4, 10am-12noon.  Soil Science for Home & Professional Gardeners with Lynn Fang; What is soil? And what do you need to pay attention to for your garden? Demystify soil with Lynn Fang as she uncovers the essential principles behind healthy soil and healthy plants. Go beyond the chemistry of the soil and begin to understand that the soil matrix is a convergence of biology and physics that can help to enhance water retention, minimize soil loss from erosion, and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. Learn how to remineralize your soil, which lab tests to take, and how the unique soil building processes at the Crescent Farm have drastically improved soil health.  $25 Arboretum members, $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission). To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Thursday, 2/9, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening - Gardens of Downtown Los Angeles with Rebecca Tufenkian.  Downtown LA is often thought of as being a cement jungle, but more often than not it is spotted with beautiful gardens and green spaces. Join us on a virtual tour of Downtown Los Angeles, and enjoy the gardens without the blisters and shinsplints. $25 per class (includes Arboretum admission). To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class. For more information, please go to www.arboretum.org

Saturday, 2/11, 10am-12:30pm.  The New California Landscape with Arboretum Horticultural Supervisor Jill Morganelli.   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, stewardship 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 please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Sunday, 2/12, 1-3pm, outdoor classroom in the Garden for All Seasons.  What’s Happening In Gardening - The Hahamogna Cooperative Nursery with Nursery Manager Nick Hummingbird.  The nursery is an invaluable asset to the Arroyo Seco and Southern California, providing low-cost native plants for restoration, conservation and park uses. Nick has worked on the Channel Islands doing large-scale habitat restoration with the National Park Service and also received training from Theodore Payne Foundation and Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden in Claremont. For more information on the nursery, go to http://www.arroyoseco.org/nursery.html .  $25 Arboretum members, $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission). To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class. For more information, please go to www.arboretum.org

Thursday, 2/16, 9:30am-12noon. What’s Happening In Gardening - Irrigation Overview with Brandon Walker.  Now is the time to re-think your irrigation system. This class will cover different methods of irrigation, including drip vs. spray, as well as ways to work with the new municipal watering restrictions. Brandon Walker is Co-Owner/Operator at J. Harold Mitchell Supply. He brings with him a lifetime of experience working in professional irrigation. For more information on Mitchell Supply, go to www.jhmsupply.com . $25 per class (includes Arboretum admission). To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class. For more information, please go to www.arboretum.org.

Saturday, 2/18, 10am.  Crescent Farm Series - Swale Workshop with Crescent Farm Staff Leigh Adams, John Latsko, Brianne, and Horticultural Supervisor Jill Morganelli.  Swales in the yard provide beauty, topography and water-harvesting opportunities.  This workshop covers how to design, build and maintain swales.  Enhance the health of the plants in your yard and use less water by introducing swales into the landscape. Please bring gloves and drinking water; wear close-toed shoes and a hat. Please go to www.arboretum.org for more information or call 626.821.4623.

Sunday, 2/19, 1-3pm.  What’s Happening In Gardening - Understanding Color in Flowers with Harold Koopowitz.  We will use orchids as examples to understand how color in flowers comes about and is controlled. We will look at the kinds of pigments that flowers make and how the flower is built to display various colors and patterns. $25 Arboretum members, $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission). To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class. For more information, please go to www.arboretum.org

Thursday, 2/23, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening - Arboretum Library Resources for Better Gardening with Arboretum Librarian Susan Eubank.  The Arboretum Library is filled with materials about plants and gardens. Susan will discuss the best ones to make you a better gardener wherever you live and no matter how much rain comes out of the sky. Susan Eubank has worked in three climates in three botanic garden libraries for almost twenty years and she’s eager to have you dive into the depths of the Library. $25 per class (includes Arboretum admission). To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class. For more information, please go to www.arboretum.org

Saturday, 2/25, 10am-12noon.  Raised Bed Gardening with Farmscape’s Matthew Geldin.  Do you grow food in raised garden beds? So do we! After installing and maintaining hundreds of raised bed gardens, we've learned a thing or two. Join us for a workshop that will cover picking the right soil for your raised bed, manual and automatic irrigation techniques, garden planning, and seasonal growing tips to help you achieve abundant harvests in your vegetable garden! $25 Arboretum members, $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission). To Register please 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
760-366-5440

www.mojavedesertlandtrust.org

(none for February)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007
213-763-3466

www.nhm.org/

Sunday, 2/26 (also 3/5, 3/12), 12noon-4:30 pm.  Grow Your Own Vegetables: Three-Class Edible Gardening Workshop Series.  Create your own edible garden of fresh, organic produce by learning how to create good soil out of your current one; what, how, and when to plant; how much and how often to add compost and water; manage insect pests and encourage “good bugs”; increase yield and add variety.  Members: $100 for 3-class series, Non-members: $120 for 3-class series.  (Discounted to $80 for residents of zip codes 90006, 90007, 90008, 90011, 90015, 90016, 90018, 90037, 90062, 90089 -- Call 213.763.3499 to register with discount).  Visit nhm.org/workshops for registration and information.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711
909-625-8767

rsabg.org

Saturday, 2/4, 10-11am.  Grow Native Nursery Workshop: Container Gardening. Get useful tips for growing and maintaining native plants in pots.

Sunday, 2/5, 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, please go to http://www.rsabg.org/bird-walks .

Sundays, 2/5 & 2/12, 9am-3pm.  Basketry Workshop Series. Learn to make a variety of Southern California Native American-style baskets with Lorene Sisquoc. $40 members for both days, $50 non-members for both days. To register, please go to http://www.rsabg.org/community-education .

Wednesday, 2/8, 1-2:30pm.  Secrets of RSABG's Collections: Printed & Pressed. Janet Farrell Brodie, PhD, and the Garden's Library Specialist Irene Holiman with lead a tour about the resources that RSABG's library, archives and herbarium offer. $10 members, $15 non-members.  To register, please go to http://www.rsabg.org/community-education .

Saturday, 2/11, 10am-12noon.  Weed & Walk. Learn to identify and harvest edible non-native weeds with landscape designer April Garbat. Participants should come prepared to walk and garden outdoors. 

Saturday, 2/18, 10-11am.  Grow Native Nursery Workshop: Sowing, Seeding & Planting. Learn planting techniques for a successful native plant garden.

Saturday, 2/18, 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, please go to http://www.rsabg.org/bird-walks .

Sunday, 2/19, 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. To register, please go to http://www.rsabg.org/community-education .

Sunday, 2/19, 10 am - 3 pm. Family Bird Festival. Learn about the diverse bird life in the Garden and participate in the "Great Backyard Bird Count," a global citizen-science project.

Monday, 2/27, 4:30-6pm.  It Never Rains (Except When it Does!). Join environmental historian Char Miller for a tour in the Garden based on his most recent book "Not So Golden State: Sustainability vs. the California Dream." $10 members, $15 non-members.  To register, please go to http://www.rsabg.org/community-education .

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024
760-436-3036

http://www.sdbgarden.org

(none for February)

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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

805-684-5725

www.sbchs.org

Wednesday, 2/1, 7pm.  Monthly meeting.  Mauricio Gomez will discuss South Coast Habitat Restoration.  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
310-544-1948

www.southcoastbotanicgarden.org/

Saturday, 2/18, 2-3:30pm.  Garden Lecture Series – Beneficial Bugs In The Garden with Lili Singer.  A healthy garden includes a miniature menagerie of tiny insects and other creatures that keep pest populations in check. This richly illustrated lecture highlights helpful bugs you are likely to find in home landscapes, with tips on how to attract and conserve them. Lili will host a question and answer period after her lecture. Lili Singer is the Director of Special Projects and Adult Education, a Los Angeles native and an award-winning horticulturist, educator and garden writer.

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027
818-567-1496

http://www.socalhort.org/

Thursday, 2/9, 7-9pm.  The Plant Lover's Guide to Hardy Geraniums.  Robin Parer, owner of Geraniaceae Nursery, discusses her book.  Non-members welcome; $5 admission.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352
818-768-1802

theodorepayne.org

Thursday, 2/2, 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 (empken.com) and former TPF webmaster. Free, but RSVP to programs@theodorepayne.org. Repeats first Thursdays through May.

Saturday, 2/4, 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 andrew@theodorepayne.org.  Repeats first Saturdays through June.

Saturday, 2/4, 1:30-3:00pm.  Native Plants and Hummingbirds with Lili Singer.  Learn how to attract and support hummingbirds, including which native plants these tiny and beautiful creatures favor and how to keep them healthy and happy all year. Class includes an illustrated talk and a walk on TPF grounds. $20 members, $30 non-members.

Saturday, 2/11, 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, 2/11, 9:00am-12noon.  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 of 10 participants. $50 members, $60 non-members.

Saturday, 2/11, 2-3pm.  Seed Workshop for Kids (ages 6-10) with Genevieve Arnold.  A fun, hands-on session for budding gardeners and kids with an interest in what seeds are and how they grow taught by TPF’s Seed Program Manager. Each child will leave with two 4-inch pots of freshly-sown seed for their garden and a packet of TPF's Seeds of Community. Genevieve is TPF's Seed Program Manager and has worked with California native seeds for more than a decade. She enjoys the beauty of the native garden in all its phases, including the intricate and fascinating stages of fruit and seed development. $10 TPF member child with one adult; $15 non-member child with one adult.

Friday, 2/17, 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 the grounds with TPF’s Horticulturist. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring your hat and water bottle. $15 members, $20 non-members.

Saturday, 2/18, 1:30-2:30pm.  Looking at Space, a design lecture with Amy Nettleton.  Why do our spirits soar when walking through a high-canopied native woodland? And why does that dark, cramped space by the garage leave us feeling so glum? This illustrated talk reveals elements that define landscape space and how they interact to affect physical and emotional qualities of an area, information that lets us look at gardens with new eyes and shape satisfying spaces that emulate powerful native landscapes. $10 members, $15 non-members.

Saturday, 2/25, 2-3:30pm.  Designing and Maintaining Beautiful Sustainable Gardens with Carol Bornstein.  Does anyone want a high-maintenance garden? Not likely! This class offers helpful tips on how to create and manage a native plant garden that uses minimal water, produces minimal waste, supports wildlife and is beautiful year round. $25 members, $35 non-members.

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521
951-784-6962

http://gardens.ucr.edu

(None for February)
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