August 2018

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, 8/11, 9am.  Succulents and Cacti.  Easy-care succulents and cacti love the heat and are waterwise. Both add wonderful color and texture to gardens. Armstrong experts will show you the basic care for these popular plants.

Saturday, 8/18, 9am.  Houseplants.  Houseplants do so much more that beautify our homes. They also promote healthier lives by cleaning pollutants from the air. Let Armstrong show you how to have beautiful, healthy indoor plants all year long.

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107

(None for August)

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403

(None for August)

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436

(None for August)

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869

Saturday, 8/11, 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

Extended hours till 8pm on Thursdays through August.

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, 8/18, 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, 8/4, 2pm.  More Ideas for Habitat Ponds.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831

Saturdays, 8/11 & 8/25, 10am. Public Nature Tour. Meet at the Nature Center and join one of our knowledgeable docents as they guide you on a tour through the beautiful garden.  Repeats 2nd and 4th Saturdays.

Saturday, 8/19, 1pm.  Saving Seeds, Wet and Dry with Yvonne Savio.  Loved that tomato or sunflower but not sure how to save the seeds so you can grow them again?  Yvonne will discuss how to determine which vegetable and flower seeds to save, and present step-by-step instructions of successful techniques.  $20 members, $25 non-members.  Register at or call 657-278-3407 or pay at the door at 12:45pm.

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 Los Angeles County Master Gardener program will be on hand to answer questions and offer seasonal tips. The half-acre Ranch Garden—part classroom and part research lab—draws inspiration from The Huntington’s agricultural heritage to explore optimal approaches to gardening in Southern California’s semi-arid climate. The mission of the Ranch is to reconnect people with their food in beautiful and livable ways, inspiring visitors to incorporate edibles into the landscape of their home gardens. Visit to learn more. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follow signs to the site. Repeats every Saturday.

Thursday, 8/9, 2:30pm, Plant Sale Nursery.  Garden Talk & Sale:  Second Annual Plant Sale Nursery Open House.  Pick up seasonal gardening tips on propagation, watering techniques, and xeriscape gardening during a series of informal talks in the nursery. Best of all, take 20% off all plant purchases. Complimentary refreshments will be served, including freshly squeezed lemonade.

Thursday, 8/30, 4:30-5:30pm, Auditorium, Brody Botanical Center.  Botany Bay Series:  Plant Science for Gardeners and Citizen Scientists.  Explore the wonders of the plant world through discussion and hands-on lab time led by Jim Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens. Repeats 4th Thursdays.

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, 8/1, 1:30-3pm.  Plant Information:  Dealing With Summer Heat with Arboretum Botanist Frank McDonough.  Frank covers current horticultural topics including landscaping, gardening, design, water-saving strategies and other pertinent topics. He also highlights the most interesting plant and gardening questions of the hundreds he receives every month and talks about the latest pests and diseases that threaten our gardens and landscapes. Bring your own plant questions for discussion. Repeats first Wednesdays.

Saturday, 8/25, 10am-12noon.  Hypertufa Pot Workshop.  You will be making a hypertufa planting pot! Hypertufa, a mixture of cement, peat moss and pearlite molded to resemble tufa or crumbling granite, is a fun process for creating "instant antiquities" for the garden. Beginning with a small bowl or trough, the techniques will be illustrated so you can make larger pieces at home with confidence. All materials are provided, but wear comfortable clothes, a hat and bring water. $30 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission), Pre-registration required; To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007

Fridays, 8/10, 5-9pm.  Summer Nights in the Garden.  Sip a garden-infused cocktail, check out various science and nature experiences, and brighten your life with nature-inspired take-home activities. Have a picnic or get a little lost in the gardens – all while the beats from live music performances set the mood.  For more information, go to

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807

Every Saturday and Sunday, 1-5pm.  Free One-Hour Garden Tours.  The vibrant gardens that grace the property today include trees that date back to the mid-19th century, as well as lush landscaping designed in the early 1930s by notable landscape architect Ralph Cornell.  For details about all our tours, visit  Repeats every weekend.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711

Extended evening hours on Wednesdays 5-8pm, through August.

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024

Saturday, 8/25, 9am-12noon.  Planting for Pollinators and All Things Gardening.  This is a fun and informative class covering many gardening topics including how to attract and support the various pollinators that may visit your garden. Other topics Marianne Bretell-Vaugh will discuss include creating good soils for your garden, tips on planning and planting a healthy garden and more. $30 members, $36 non-members.  Please register by August 17.

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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

Check website for listings.

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274

Friday, 8/25, 9am-5pm.  Palos Verdes Begonia Society Show and Sale.

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027

Thursday, 8/9, 7-9pm.  Landscape architect and author Kelly Comras will present a program on influential landscape designer Ruth Shellhorn.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352

Check website for listings.

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521

(None for August)

University of California South Coast Research & Extension Center

7601 Irvine Blvd
Irvine 92618

(None for August)

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