Many thanks to our former board member, Yvonne Savio, for continuing to compile this handy listing of monthly events! It will be updated once a month, but please contact each location to confirm the event listed. Events are free with admission unless otherwise indicated. Yvonne runs the website Gardening in LA. Check it out for news, information, monthly gardening tips and her blog!

For more events as they’re posted, see https://www.gardeninginla.net/submit-your-garden-events.html


First Wednesday of each month, 1:30 to 2:30pm
Zoom Webinar - Monthly Topics and Answering Your Questions with Frank McDonough
Los Angeles County Arboretum

Join Arboretum Botanical Information Consultant Frank McDonough for discussions of monthly topics. Bring your plant questions! Free, but registration is required at https://www.arboretum.org/events/plant-information-on-zoom-8/2022-06-01 .

Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month, 10:00am to 12:00pm
In Person Event - Ballona Discovery Park Clean Up
Ballona Discovery Park Garden Club, Playa Vista

Roll up your sleeves to help beautify Ballona Discovery Park! Get hands-on experience while learning about urban ecology. You will assist with invasive plant removal, pruning, watering, seeding, planting, mulching, and more! Healthy plant life is vital for a healthy ecosystem! Free, but you must pre-register at https://www.ballonafriends.org/community-events . Ballona Discovery Park, 13110 Bluff Creek Drive, Playa Vista 90094.  For more information, contact Neysa Frechette, neysaf@ballonafriends.org , 818-470-3593, www.ballonafriends.org

9-10-22 through 12-10-22, Saturdays 10:00am to 1:00pm
In Person Event - University of California Naturalist Training Program
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, Rancho Dominguez

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum hosts this annual program, California Naturalist, CalNat for short. The CalNat program mission is to foster a diverse community of naturalists and promote stewardship of California’s natural resources through education and service. The program requires 40 hours to be completed in order to receive the California Naturalist certification. Four UC academic credits are available upon completion as well. CalNat participants will gain knowledge in citizen science, environmental stewardship, conservation action and will provide clear and concise information about structure and function of California’s ecological communities and challenges in resource management. This course will have the opportunity to enhance resumes and further professional education. $325.  For more information = https://calnat.ucanr.edu/take_a_class/dominguez/ .  Course flyer and registration form = https://ucanr.edu/sites/UCCNP/files/364169.pdf .  Rancho Dominguez, 18127 South Alameda Street, Rancho Dominguez 90220. For more information = Luis F. Fernandez, luis.fernandez@dominguezrancho.org , 310-603-0088, https://dominguezrancho.org/

Saturday, 10-01-22, 9:00am to 12:30pm
In Person Event - Purple Sage Lane Mosaic PAVER Workshop
Poly/Ana, Altadena

Join Artist Leigh Adams and Poly/Ana to learn how to transform broken discards in to beautiful designs while building community. This in-person workshop will cover techniques for working with glass, tile, and found materials. Refreshments, coffee and water will be served. $60.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/purple-sage-lane-mosaic-paver-workshop-tickets381758147897 . Altadena location to be sent by email 3 days prior to the event. For more information = Laura Hodge, infopolyana@gmail.com, 626-244-5741, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/purple-sage-lane-mosaic-paver-workshop-tickets-381758147897

Saturday, 10-01-22, 10:00am to 2:00pm
In Person Event - Waterwise Garden and Pumpkin Fest
Chino Basin Water Conservation District, Montclair

The Chino Basin Water Conservation District located in Montclair is hosting our annual Waterwise Garden & Pumpkin Fest that typically draws about 1,000 attendees and provides community members with free water-related resources and family-friendly activities and entertainment. Water & Water Conservation Resources include Irrigation companies, Water provider representatives with water saving info, Rebate information, Waterwise plants for sale, On-theme community groups, such as the Master Gardeners, Seminars on water conservation & waterwise landscape related themes. Pumpkin focused attractions include Pumpkin patch, Pumpkin succulent centerpiece station, and Pumpkin painting station. Family-fun elements include Raffles, Food vendors, Free kids’ crafts and activities, and Live entertainment. Free. Chino Basin Water Conservation District, 4594 San Bernardino Street, Montclair 91763.  For more information = Jenna Hoover, education@cbwcd.org, 909-626-2711, https://www.cbwcd.org/364/Landscape-Water-Conservation-Festival

Thursday, 10-06-22, 5:30pm (tour) or 7:20pm (meeting)
In Person Event -
"The Whitelock Cycad Collection Takes Root at the Huntington" with Gary Roberson
The Southern California Horticultural Society, at The Huntington, San Marino

Southern California Horticultural Society hosts lead project gardener Gary Roberson discussing the new cycad garden. Note that this is the first Thursday of the month, whereas our SCHS monthly meetings are usually on the second Thursday. There will be a pre-talk tour of the cycad garden at 5:30 (registration is required). Evening schedule = 7:20 Meeting Begins, 7:30 Speaker presentation. The speaker presentation will also be available via Zoom. Click her to register for the Zoom link. Free for members, $5 for non-members. For more information = socalhort@gmail.com, 818-567-1496, https://socalhort.org/

Friday, 10-07-22 through Sunday, 10-09-22
In Person Event - Arroyo Permaculture Convergence
Arroyo Permaculture, Altadena

A weekend camping event with hands-on workshops and lectures intended to facilitate community education and growth through regenerative activities. Workshops will cover topics such as natural building, placemaking, animal husbandry & processing, soil microbiology and composting, friction fire, native & edible plant identification, primitive skills, fiber arts, meat preservation, fungal culturing, and food forestry. Included with your registration are two breakfasts and dinners. We will kick off the weekend on Friday night by sharing a potluck dinner. We welcome you to bring a dish or drink to share. Saturday and Sunday night dinners will be provided for you and made from homegrown ingredients. There will be locally sourced eggs available on Saturday & Sunday mornings. Attendees are welcome to cook eggs for themselves and friends on our DIY brick rocket stoves. Fermented foods and drinks will also be available throughout the weekend. Be sure to pack lunch for each day and bring a water bottle, as well as a plate/bowl and utensils. Complimentary camping is available onsite, however there are limited campsites and will be available until we reach capacity - so make sure to register early and let us know if you’d like to camp! $200-$400 (sliding scale). These funds go toward compensating our educators, materials, facilities, and food. Limited work trade is available, as well. Altadena details are given at registration To register = arroyopermaculture@gmail.com . For more information = Christina Conte, arroyopermaculture@gmail.com, https://www.instagram.com/p/CiIe9gtvkwo/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=

Friday, 10-07-22 through Monday, 10-31-22
In Person Event - Carved Pumpkins
Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge

Descanso Gardens’ “Carved” is a family-friendly event for all ages. For three weeks in October, hundreds of carved pumpkins will line the Camellia Forest. This year’s event will be bigger and better than before, with all kinds of new activities. Along with the pumpkins, the ever-popular pumpkin house, hay maze, and holiday-themed food and beverages will return. Guests can also enjoy UV “black light” experiences, artists sculpting pumpkins, and a special Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) installation at the Amphitheater. Carved tickets are $20–$26 for Descanso Gardens members, $32–$38 for non-members. Purchase tickets at https://www.descansogardens.org/programs-events/carved/  Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge 91011. For more information = Shannon Dillon, pr@descansogardens.org, 818-949-4200, https://www.descansogardens.org/, https://www.descansogardens.org/programs-events/carved/

Saturday, 10-08-22, 9:00am to 12:00pm
In Person Event - "Nature and You: Spiritual Cooling in Heated Times" with Mark Mitchell
Mary and Joseph Retreat Center, Rancho Palos Verdes

This workshop will help you strengthen your relationship with nature towards peace and cool. Through physical, spiritual, psychological & educational tools we will learn restoration, adaptation, & rejuvenation in dealing with “the heat of our times.” We feel this heat in ourselves, with others, & in our climate. Particpants will leave with inspiration, tools of healing, & a plan of action for personal, social, local, & global action. Mark Mitchell LMFT has been a psychotherapist & educator for over 40 years. He is adjunct faculty at Loyola Marymount University in addictions studies & at CSUDH MFT program. He is certified National Geographic Educator, former wilderness survival instructor, & an amateur gardener. $40. Register online = https://maryjoseph.org/event/nature-you-spiritual-cooling-in-heated-times/  5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275. For more information = Mark Mitchell LMFT, MarkMitchellSpeaks@gmail.com, 310-822-7979, https://maryjoseph.org/event/nature-you-spiritual-cooling-in-heated-times/

Saturday, 10-08-22, 9:00am to 12:30pm
In Person Event - "Fall Native Plant Garden Maintenance" with Max Kanter
Poly/Ana, Altadena

Join Poly/Ana for an engaging hands-on workshop in the garden to learn about Fall maintenance in preparation for the Winter Garden. Led by Max Kanter of Saturate Native Landscape Maintenance, attendees will review the basics of garden prep for planting season and winter rains. Lunch included in ticket price. $40. Link to purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-native-plant-garden-maintenance-withmax-kanter-tickets-401397700327. Location sent to attendees 3 days prior to event. For more information = Laura Hodge, infopolyana@gmail.com, 626-244-5741.

Saturday, 10-08-22, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Zoom Webinar - "Discovering Alchemy in Your Garden: A Free Community Zoom Presentation"
Poly/Ana, Altadena

Join Poly/Ana to explore the soil science behind how plants grow and to redefine common misunderstandings. Sanjay Gupta, hugelist and resident farmer at The Urban Homestead in Pasadena will share recent breakthroughs in the science of soil and dive into the chemistry of soil, ways to hold more water and help your plants reach their greatest potential. Free, but must register prior to event. Zoom link will be sent to attendees one day prior and 2 hours prior to the event. Link to register = https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discovering-alchemy-in-your-garden-a-freecommunity-zoom-presentation-tickets-405346390967.  For more information = Laura Hodge, infopolyana@gmail.com, 626-244-5741.

Saturday, 10-15-22, 9:00am to 1:00pm
In Person Event- Gathering of Community Gardens: A Celebration of Regeneration!
Los Angeles Community Garden Council, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Community Garden Council invites everyone to celebrate gardens, gardeners, food, soil, and all things regenerative at its annual Gathering of the Community Gardens. We'll have special guests, live music, children's storytelling, delectable refreshments, garden tours, and activities for all. This will be a low-waste event. Entry is donation-based on a sliding scale. Solano Canyon Community Garden, 545 Solano Ave, Los Angeles 90012. For more information = http://lagardencouncil.org/. Subscribe to our newsletter or follow our social media channels for updates: @lagardencouncil, @solanocommunitygarden .

Tuesday, 10-18-22 through Saturday, 10-22-22
In Person Event- California Native Plant Society Annual Conference
California Native Plant Society, San Jose

Together, we’ll explore how a deeper understanding of shared work today will lead to a better tomorrow for California’s native plants and everything connected to them. We acknowledge the diverse voices and disciplines that care, research and celebrate native plants. Conference Highlights • Over 800 attendees • Inspiring keynote speakers • Two days of workshops and field trips • Over 300 presenters across four tracks: conservation, plant science, horticulture and education • Associated meeting opportunities • Special student session • Art, poetry, music and photography • Networking events • COVID-19: As California continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, CNPS remains committed to keeping our communities safe in accordance with the latest federal, state and local health guidelines. Programming to Nourish Everyone. The 2022 CNPS Conference will offer opportunities to connect, learn and share around California’s native plants—and the diverse communities that depend on them. Presenters will include conservationists, scientists, horticulturalists, educators, researchers, outdoor enthusiasts, culture keepers and more. Together, we’ll explore how a deeper understanding of shared work today will lead to a better tomorrow for California’s native plants, through programming centered on four specific tracks: Double Tree by Hilton San Jose.  Sign up to receive 2022 Conference updates and information = https://conference.cnps.org/.  For more information = 916-447-2677, https://conference.cnps.org/.

Thursday, 10-20-22, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Zoom Webinar - "Trees for a Changing Climate" with Janet Hartin

UC Cooperative Extension

As the Earth's climate changes, so too must our activities, including plant selection and placement. Janet Hartin from UC Cooperative Extension will talk about climate-ready trees with a focus on results of statewide research that has identified underplanted heat, drought, and pest resistant trees. Learn about the societal and ecosystem benefits these trees provide that include cooling urban heat islands. Free. To Register = https://ucanr.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-zgXvmSZQRC92uDiSopDaA. For more information = Visit the Urban and Community Webinar website at https://ucanr.edu/sites/ucipm-community-webinars/ to learn more about this webinar series.

Saturday, 10-22-22, 10:00am to 2:00pm
In Person Event -
Fall Festival
Growing Works Nursery, Camarillo

Celebrate Fall with music, vendors, food and plants! Peruse a wide selection of drought-tolerant plants, including California natives, Mediterranean plants and succulents. Growing Works Nursery is normally open only to professionals in the landscape trade, but our once-a-month popup offers the public an exclusive opportunity to shop. Carts will be available for your shopping convenience. Professional horticulturists will be on hand to provide plant advice and feedback. Growing Works Nursery is proud to support Turning Point Foundation, a local non-profit deeply committed to building a healthier community by offering compassionate and proactive treatment for adults struggling with mental illness, many of them homeless and/or veterans. For more information = https://turningpointfoundation.org/spring-fling/


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


Free in-store and online classes.

California Botanic Garden (formerly Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden)

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711

calbg.org (formerly rsabg.org)

Advance tickets recommended. Check website for current event listings and online content.
Grow Native Nursery
open seasonally (closed in summer months).

California Garden and Landscape History Society

P. O. Box 220237
Newhall, CA 91322-0237


Online and live lectures and events - may require advance registration. Check website for current listings.

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107


Check website for current listings.

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

Chapter Message: 818-782-9346
Chapter Email: lacnps@lacnps.org


Check website for current listings.

California Rare Fruit Growers – South Bay Chapter

South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274


Check website for current listings.

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869


Check website for current listings.

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011


Check website for current listings and online content.

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211


Check website for current listings.

Eaton Canyon Nature Center      

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107


Check website for current listings.

El Dorado Nature Center

7550 E. Spring Street
Long Beach 90815


Check website for current listings.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831


Check website for current listings and online content.

Huntington Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Road
San Marino 91108


Online tickets required in advance for weekends and special events. Check website for current listings and online content.

J Paul Getty Museum – Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles 90049


Check website for current listings and online content.

J Paul Getty Museum – Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272


Check website for current listings and online content.

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

301 North Baldwin Ave
Arcadia 91007


Online tickets required in advance. Check website for current listings and online content.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007


Online tickets recommended in advance. Check website for current listings and online content.

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch

6400 East Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach 90815


Advance tickets recommended.
Check website for current listings and online content.

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807


Advance tickets recommended. Check website for current listings and online content.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

(See California Botanic Garden)

Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society

Church of the Nazarene
1307 E Citrus Avenue
Redlands, CA 92374


Check website for current listings.

Roger’s Gardens

2301 San Joaquin Hills Road
Corona del Mar, CA 92625


Check website for current event listings.

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024


Advance tickets recommended. Check website for current listings and online content.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Rd.
Santa Barbara 93105


Online tickets required in advance.  Check website for current listings and online content.

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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


Meetings usually held on the first Wednesday of each month. Check website for listings.

Smartgardening (LA Dept. of Water & Power)


Free online webinars. See website for schedule and themes.

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274


Online tickets required in advance. See website for event listings.

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027


Second Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm. Meetings may be Zoom only, live only or a hybrid - check webpage for current info. SCHS meetings start with Announcements at 7:10pm and the Plant Forum at 7:15pm, followed by the featured speaker. Online Zoom webinars require advance registration.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352


Check website for in-person and online events & classes.

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521



Check website for current event listings.

University of California South Coast Research & Extension Center

7601 Irvine Blvd
Irvine 92618


Open for classes and special events. Check website for current listings.

Waterwise Community Center, Chino Basin Water Conservation District


Free in-person and online classes and public demonstration gardens.

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