The following are current news items and announcements (including job announcements) that we receive periodically. This page will be updated on a regular basis. Items over 30 days old will be retired. For a listing of calendar events at local horticultural venues, see our Hort Happenings page. Or Follow us on our Facebook page.

Job (posted 1/15/18)
Looking for a gardener.
Looking for a gardener with some horticultural experience and familiarity with CA native plants for part-time work in West Garden Grove. Please contact Robyn at or 510-409-0130

Event (posted 1/09/18)
Art exhibition by Pamela Burgess: "the naturalist's desk: language + landscape" at the Los Angeles Arboretum Library, January 27 thru June 23, 2018. Opening reception: Saturday, 1/27, 2:00 - 4:30 pm, including artist's talk at 3:00pm. Installed throughout the library, the one-person show features a range of new work in various media including drawings and poetry, sculpture and photography, selections from the library’s collection of botanical books, and artwork based on specimens found in the Botanic Garden. A map and self-guided tour of the installation will be available to visitors. The show will be up for six months, and during that time additional works will be added to the installation. For more information visit and

Event (posted 1/09/18)
Talk by Lili Singer:
"Four Seasons of Color with California Natives" Tuesday, January 23, 4:00-6:00pm at La Casita Del Arroyo in Pasadena. Presented by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), tickets $15-$30. For more information and ticket purchase, click here.

Announcement (posted 12/6/17)
Regarding SoCal fires:
Many of you have visited Jo O'Connell's Australian Native Plants Nursery in Casitas Springs (near Ojai). Jo and her family are safe! The current news (as of noon on 12/6/17) is that her house is heavily damaged or destroyed, but the nursery may have escaped major damage. The area is currently under an evacuation order and a neighbor was only able to take a quick look. We are hoping for a best case scenario, but the Thomas Fire is still active in that area.

It is worse news for the fledgling Ventura Botanical Gardens. The Thomas Fire ripped through the entire area early Tuesday morning and charred everything. It is possible that some fire-adapted plants will recover, but so many plants in their collection were young and hardly established. At least the pathways and stone walls that volunteers have worked so hard on building are mostly unscathed. A message on Facebook from their Executive Director, Joe Cahill, stated their commitment to rebuild, and this was echoed by many people in the comments section. This garden relies on the community and volunteers. If you would like to support them, you can donate though their webpage:

The Creek Fire is too close to comfort for our friends at the Theodore Payne Foundation, but at this time, they are not in a mandatory evacuation area. We hope they will remain safe!!

Job (posted 11/8/17)
Estate Head Landscaper
in Los Angeles. The Head Landscaper is responsible for maintaining the health of all the plant material and upkeep the estate grounds. Duties include constant inspection for pests and disease, and monitoring all plant health; supervising staff; and routine and seasonal maintenance of landscaping. This is a working supervisor position in which the individual is expected to work alongside the landscape crew. Reports to Estate Manager. For a complete job description and contact information, please download this Job Description: 2017_11 HEAD LANDSCAPER AD.pdf

Job (posted 10/11/17)
Head Gardener for the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Reporting to the Director of the Nature Gardens, the Head Gardener leads a team responsible for maintenance of the living displays, insuring high-quality care using sustainable landscape practices. This is a creative position which has the primary responsibility for all gardening activities, setting a welcoming tone for our visitors and providing service in the public areas of the Museum with a focus on the Museum’s mission and visitor experience. To read the entire job announcement, interested candidates can go directly to the online application by clicking:

Job (posted 10/11/17)
Landscape/Garden Designer for Armstrong Garden Centers' Landscape Design Division. This is an exciting opportunity that includes competitive base pay plus generous commission and full benefits. For more information, apply to this link:

News (posted 4/23/17)
Elizabeth C. Schwartz Fund at the California Native Plant Society. Many people knew past SCHS board president, Elizabeth Schwartz. Elizabeth was an avid supporter of California native plant conservation and education. She named the California Native Plant Society as one of her beneficiaries and they are in the process of setting up a fund. The Elizabeth C. Schwartz Fund will support a staff position at CNPS dedicated to native plant conservation in southern California. If you would like to honor Elizabeth’s memory by contributing to this fund, please contact the CNPS through their website:

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