April 2020

Because the Coronavirus outbreak has forced cancellation of many events,
please contact the venues before committing anything to your calendar.

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


Check website for current listings.

California Botanic Garden (formerly Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden)

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711

calbg.org (formerly rsabg.org)

Saturday, 4/4, 8:30am-4pm.  An Introduction to Botany with Marty Purdy, Graduate student in Botany at RSABG, and Brittany Burgard, Curatorial Assistant in the Garden’s Herbarium.  This course will cover the basics of plant anatomy, morphology, and identification. Participants will gain hands-on experience dissecting plant material and identifying plants in the field. Snacks and water will be available; please bring your own lunch.  $85 members, $100 public.  Register online at https://11213.blackbaudhosting.com/11213/tickets?tab=2&txobjid=d347fd97-f949-4633-b967-011973ecb0d7   


Saturday, 4/11 through 4/19, 9am-5pm.  Native Designs Flower Show.  Experience a curated display of hundreds of California wildflowers collected by Native Designs, the Garden's volunteer floral design group.


Saturday, 4/11 through 4/19, 1pm.  Wildflower Tram Tours.  Delight in a guided tram tour through the Garden and learn about the colorful blooms and blossoms native to California. Tours are approximately 1 hour. Space is limited to 8 people. $10 members, $18 public.  Register online at https://www.rsabg.org/event/tram-tours  


Saturday, 4/18, 8am-5pm.  Wildflower Field Trip.  Whitewater Canyon, situated within the Sand to Snow National Monument on the eastern slope of the San Bernardino Mountains, is one of the most botanically diverse regions of its size in the United States. Come join our search for wildflowers in sandy cactus-strewn washes with views of snow-capped peaks! Snacks and water will be provided/ bring your own sack lunch.  Meet at 8am for van transportation. $100 members, $120 public.  Register online at https://www.rsabg.org/event/wildflower-field-trip

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
First United Methodist Church

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403


Tuesday, 4/14, 7:30pm.  Stream & Riparian Tree Recovery After the Woolsey Fire with Rosi Dagit, Senior Biologist, Resource Conservation District, Santa Monica Mountains.  First came the Woolsey Fire, then came the rains in 201.  An unusual impact of the fire was the severe loss of riparian vegetation.  Typically riparian corridors burn less intensely, but perhaps due to the previous 7-year drought and the impacts of invasive beetles, they were more susceptible.  Entire creek corridors lost their canopy cover, and tree plot monitoring and surveys for sensitive aquatic species suggests that the loss of critical refugia pool habitat is dire.  With emergency funding from the Water Quality Control Board, a team from the Resource Conservation District, the National Park Service, and Balance Hydrologics worked with the CA Conservation Corps to manually dig out 6 important pools in early fall 2019.  The results of these efforts and the development of priority planting areas will be discussed.  For more info go to WWW.LACNPS.ORG or call Snowdy Dodson at 818-782-9346.

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436


Saturday, 4/18, 9am-4pm.  Native Plant Week Symposium, Wildflower Show, Plant & Book Sale.  Plants for sale will be available courtesy of our Symposium partner, the Theodore Payne Foundation. We welcome California native wildflower cuttings from your home gardens; the cuttings need to be available for set up on the morning of Friday, April 17.  The Symposium will feature the following presentations by Theodore Payne Foundation staff: "Western Monarchs: Creating Habitat with Native Plants" by Lili Singer & Erin Johnson (10 am to noon) & "Art to Action: Inspiring the Conservation of California's Flora" by Genevieve Arnold (12:30 to 2:30 pm)  To volunteer for the event and/or donate cuttings please contact snowdy.dodson@csun.edu.  For more information go to WWW.LACNPS.ORG or call Snowdy Dodson at 818-782-9346.

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


Saturday, 4/11, 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/CoastkeeperGardenShare.  Repeats second Saturdays. 

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011


Saturday, 4/4, 5:30-8:30pm.  Cultivate: Spring Blooms.  Celebrate the spring blooms at Descanso. Walk amongst the flowers, learn about nature, listen to music and enjoy food and drink. $5 members, $15 non-members. Advance registration required at https://www.descansogardens.org/programs-events/calendar/

Wednesday, 4/22, 10-11:30am.  Spring Flowers Children’s Workshop.  In collaboration with the Pasadena Garden Club, this workshop in the Hilltop Gardens will include the opportunity to create floral displays to be included in the Garden Club of America 2020 Flower Show at Descanso. For children ages 3–5, must be accompanied by an adult. $5 per child members/$10 per child non-members. Advance registration required at https://www.descansogardens.org/programs-events/calendar/

Saturday, 4/23 through Sunday, 4/26, 9am-4pm.  20/20 Joyful Visions: A Garden Club of America Show Presented by Pasadena Garden Club.  Combining artistic vision, horticultural mastery, engineering, and sophisticated craftsmanship, the show will feature brief but brilliant displays of botanical art.

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


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

Saturday, 04/18/20, 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


Check website for current listings.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831


Saturday, 4/4 & 4/5, 10 am. Green Scene Plant and Garden Expo. Find unique garden d├ęcor, plant-related goods and sustainability products and services from more than 80 vendors! Enjoy tours led by Arboretum staff.  Members of the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum receive early admission at 9am on Saturday and free admission all weekend long. General public admission is $10/person; kids under 16 are free. 

Saturday, 4/11, 10am. Friends’ Guided Tour. Meet at the Nature Center and join one of our knowledgeable docents as they guide you on a tour through the beautiful garden. Limit 15 people.  $5 donation. Repeats on 2nd Saturdays.

Thursday, 4/16, 9am.  Beginner Bonsai. Have you ever wanted to have your own bonsai tree but did not know where to start? Sign up for this class and receive a bonsai tree, basic pot, soil, instructions on care and maintenance, and some history on the art of bonsai. This class is designed for beginners. Instructor will cover topics such as variety of trees, survivability, soil, transplanting and timing, appropriate pots, fertilizers and the various styles of bonsai. At the end of class, you will be walking out with your very own bonsai. $20 members, $25 non-members.

Saturday, 4/25, 10am. Friends’ Guided Tour. Meet at the Nature Center and join one of our knowledgeable docents as they guide you on a tour through the beautiful garden. Limit 15 people.  $5 donation. Repeats on 4th Saturdays.

Sunday, 4/26, 9am.  Medicinal & Edible Plants of the Southwest with herbalist William Broen.  A morning of entertaining exploration throughout the Arboretum as Broen illuminates the many fascinating uses, both past and present, of various California native plants. $25 members, $30 non-members.

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 huntington.org/ranchgarden/ to learn more. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follow signs to the site. Repeats every Saturday.

Friday, 4/24 through Sunday 4/26, 10am-5pm, Brody Botanical Center.  46th Annual Spring Plant Sale.  Give your garden a fresh look for spring! Inspiring ideas and thousands of great plants will abound at The Huntington’s popular annual sale. The event’s extensive selection includes many water-wise Southwestern, native Californian, and Australian plants—ceanothus, tecoma, manzanita, and westringia, among others—that will bring abundant color and texture to your garden without using a lot of water. Cacti and succulents make a bold statement in the landscape, and there will be a wide variety to choose from. Shoppers will also find a great assortment of tomato plants, vegetable seedlings, fruit trees, herbs, and other edibles—plus much more! Members shop early on Friday all day and on Saturday until 1pm.  Open to all Huntington visitors on Saturday at 1pm and on Sunday all day.

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, 4/1, 1:30-3pm.  Plant Information: Mycologia: Why Fungi Matter in Your Garden and How to Increase the Good Ones with LA County Arboretum Plant Information Consultant Frank McDonough. Each month, 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. Register online at www.arboretum.org/calendar . For questions, call the Education Department at 626-821-4623.

Saturday, 4/18, 10am-12noon. Crescent Farm Workshop: Discovering Superfoods From Around the World with Loretta Allison. Join us at the Crescent Farm with edible plant expert Loretta Allison, where we will explore the world of healing, nutrient dense “superfoods”, where every leaf has the power to unlock wellness and prevent disease. We’ll start with amaranth and work our way around the globe, learning about each plant’s health benefits, it’s history, how to cook and eat it, and the best part -- how to grow these superfoods in our own SoCal backyards! This is an interactive workshop, and participants will leave with seeds to plant on their own. Free, but must pre-register online www.arboretum.org/calendar . For questions, call the Education Department at 626-821-4623.

Saturday, 4/25, 10am-12noon. Pruning Plumeria with Diana Donnellan -- Shape, Trim, Bloom! There’s more to trimming a plumeria tree than simply chopping away. Learn how to correctly prune plumeria plants in a hands-on workshop up in the LA Arboretum’s grove. After in-depth instructions covering why, how, when and where to trim a tree, you’ll work with an experienced plumeria grower to prune one or more of the grove’s trees. $25 members, $35 non-members. Register online at www.arboretum.org/calendar. For questions, call the Education Department at 626-821-4623.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007


Daily, 3:30pm, Nature Gardens, just outside Nature Lab and under the bridge.  Nature Walk.  Join us on a walk through the Nature Gardens to explore the amazing diversity of life that calls L.A. home.

Every Saturday and Sunday, 11am, Nature Gardens, just outside Nature Lab and under the bridge.  Nature Gardens Exploration.  Join us for a hands-on activity in our dynamic Nature Gardens.

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch

6400 East Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach 90815


Saturday, 4/11, 12noon-2:30pm.  A Curated Tour of Florence Bixby’s Gardens at Rancho Los Alamitos.  The Rancho's nationally recognized gardens were developed early in the 20th century under the guidance of owner Florence Green Bixby with the help of outstanding landscape architects and plantsmen of the era. Guide Janet Brown Becker, the Rancho's Historic Garden Associate, has a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture with an emphasis on California garden design and history from UC Berkeley. She studied under the Rancho’s preeminent landscape architectural consultants, Russell Beatty and David Streatfield.  $15 per person.  Reservations open March 11, 2020, at https://rancholosalamitos.org/events/2020-garden-tour/index.html .  For more information, email Info@RanchoLosAlamitos.org

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807


Saturday, 4/4, 1:30-4:30pm.  Drought-Tolerant Plants Eco Gardener Class.  Hosted by Water Replenishment District in partnership with Rancho Los Cerritos. Planting a drought-tolerant garden can alleviate the high demand on our precious water resources while saving you money! With many options to choose from, it’s easy to get creative with your eco-friendly garden.  Before diving into which plants to select, this workshop examines planting and pruning fundamentals including plant nomenclature (naming), sizing and spacing, growing habits, root systems, pests and diseases, and maintenance considerations. Visual examples of various trees, shrubs and ground covers that are readily available in California and well-suited for the region will assist homeowners in confidently making plant selections for their water-wise landscape.  The classes are free but advanced registration is required through WRD directly: www.wrd.org/EcoGardenerRSVP

Thursday, 4/9, 8-9:30am, meet in the lower parking lot at 8am sharp. Monthly Bird Walk. Stroll through the grounds of the historic Rancho and watch both resident birds and seasonal migrants. Participants will also listen to calls and songs and potentially observe other specific seasonal behaviors. Wear comfortable closed toed shoes and bring a hat and binoculars. Rain cancels. More details online at https://www.rancholoscerritos.org/upcoming-event/bird-walk-march-2020/.  For more information, please contact Horticulturist Marie Barnidge-McIntyre, 562-206-2040.  Repeats 2nd Thursdays.

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
Frank Herendeen 909-793-3333


Check website for current listings.

Roger’s Gardens

2301 San Joaquin Hills Road
Corona del Mar, CA 92625


Saturday, 4/4, 9am.  Roses, The David Austin Way with Rebecca Koraytem.  Roses have a classic beauty, complementing traditional and contemporary gardens alike. All David Austin roses have the added virtues of being wonderfully fragrant, naturally repeating, and are breed for disease resistance. Once established, they provide endless rose pleasure, year after year. Join David Austins’ U.S. Sales Executive, Rebecca Koraytem, as she shares her tips and tricks for growing great roses.

Saturday, 4/4, 10am.  Easter Orchid Workshop with Shelley Burton.  Hand-crafting a statement arrangement is one way to bring beauty into your home. You will make a lovely orchid planter container that will add the prefect touch of Easter/Spring to any home. Workshop fee is $125 per person/arrangement and includes four (4) 3” orchid plants, six (6) indoor plants, a metal container, and step-by-step instructions. Space is limited.  Cancellations after March 24 cannot be refunded. To make your reservation, go to www.shoprogersgardens.com or call 949-640-5800.

Saturday, 4/4, 4pm.  Garden-To-Table Seminar.  Join our knowledgeable horticulturists as they discuss everything edible, including vegetables, herbs, fruits, berries and more. Emphasis this month will cover topics such as appropriate warm season vegetables and herbs to plant now, planting citrus and avocados, controlling insects in citrus, and growing blueberries in Southern California. They will lead a lively and interactive discussion about what, where and when to plant, prune, feed and harvest. Bring your questions and your own tips and tricks, as audience participation is encouraged.

Tuesday, 4/7, 5pm.  Easter Garden Centerpiece Workshop with Onita Castillo.  Welcome Easter and Spring into your home with making this aromatic planted centerpiece.  Registration fee is $85 per person/container, includes a woven basket container, five (5) herb plants, (2) blooming garden plants, a nest accent step-by-step instruction.  Cancellations after March 30 cannot be refunded. If desired, bring gloves. To make your reservation, go to www.shoprogersgardens.com or call 949-640-5800.

Saturday, 4/18, 9am.  Nature Gardening Series: Celebrate Earth Day! A Field Trip to Newport Back Bay with Ron Vanderhoff.  Celebrate Earth Day in a beautiful wild space, with lots of plants flowers, and the insects and animals that depend upon them. We will meet at the Big Canyon area of the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve. This is a 752-acre area consisting of salt marsh, mudflat, and marine habitats as well as surrounding coastal sage scrub and bluff plant communities. Big Canyon is the largest natural watershed emptying into Upper Newport Bay and the site of a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration and habitat improvement project. The area offers an impressive variety of habitats in a very small geographic area. Join Rogers Gardens’ General Manager, Ron Vanderhoff, who is also a member of the Big Canyon Scientific Advisory Committee and walk the area and discuss its large variety of plants, many of which have special environmental adaptations and some with significant rarity. Over 270 different plant species have been recorded just in this Big Canyon area alone! RSVP required. Limited to the 30 attendees. Directions and other details will be provided via email. RSVP by calling 949-640-5800. 

Sunday, 4/19, 10am.  Sprouted Bulb Pot Workshop with Sarah Smith.  Create your own beautiful, pre-sprouted bulb pot.  A perfect way to start the Spring season by growing masses of flowers in a small space. Horticulturist Sarah Smith, will be using a technique of planting pre-chilled bulbs that will give you a gorgeous bulb display to watch bloom within weeks of each other.  Registration fee is $85 per person/container, includes the container, five (5) varied bulbs, colored annuals, and step-by-step instructions.  Cancellations after April 10 cannot be refunded. If desired, bring gloves. To make your reservation, go to www.shoprogersgardens.com or call 949-640-5800.

Saturday 4/25 & Sunday 4/26, 9am-5pm.  The Annual Sweet Pea Show & Contest.  Roger's Gardens is proud to present its 6th Annual Sweet Pea show.  Dozens of locally grown cut stem varieties will be on display.  Customers are invited to bring in their own cut stems.  Please bring in your entry, with the variety name if known, between 9-11am on Saturday 4/25.  Judging will be at 11am.  There will be prizes for the three best entries.  Flowers will be on display until 5 PM on Sunday. Stop by and breathe in the intoxicating Sweet Pea fragrance.

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024


Saturday, 4/4, 10am-4pm.  Got Green?  Grow… Eat… Live… Are you interested in learning more how to live a plant-based lifestyle? Have you ever wondered about reducing your carbon footprint but don’t know where to start?  Need tips on planting, growing and harvesting your own vegetables?  If so, come find answers to these questions (and more) at San Diego Botanic Garden’s second Got Green? event. Join us for a fun filled day with educational workshops, how-to demos, and live entertainment at our new Dickinson Family Education Conservatory. Shop our green marketplace featuring natural products, yummy plant-based foods and much more.  https://www.sdbgarden.org/gotgreen.htm

Saturday, 4/4, & Sunday, 4/5, 10am-4pm.  Tomatomania!  The traveling seedling show features more than 100 varieties of heirloom hybrid tomatoes. Shop for your favorite variety and learn about how to plant and grow your own vegetables in Got Green? workshops.  https://www.sdbgarden.org/classes.htm

Saturday, 4/11, 9:30am-12noon.  Gardening Basics.  Do you need guidance on how to care for your home garden in San Diego County? We will cover soil types, irrigation, what and when to plant, and more. Come learn the basics of home landscape gardening with our Horticulture staff.  $16 members, $20 non-members.  Register by April 10 at https://www.sdbgarden.org/classes.htm

Thursday, 4/16, 6-8pm. Succulent Wall Planter.  Learn the basics of succulent care and planting a living wall, then plant one yourself! A 10”x20” frame and succulents in a wide variety of colors, textures, and sizes will be provided. Proudly display your living wall indoors or out.  $110 members, $116 non-members.  Fee includes all materials.  Register by April 9 at https://www.sdbgarden.org/classes.htm

Saturday, 4/25, 9am-3pm.  Succulent Wreath.  Design your own succulent wreath for your garden table, wall, or door with a variety of cuttings from the Garden. $95 members, $105 non-members.  Fee includes all materials.  Register by April 20 at https://www.sdbgarden.org/classes.htm

Thursday, 4/30, 10-11:30am.  Orchid Kokedama.   Kokedama is a traditional Japanese living art form where moss is used as a container for a plant. In this interesting and hands-on workshop, you will learn the skills behind Kokedama and how to make your very own. $20 members, $24 non-members.  Additional $30 materials fee to be paid to the instructor at the class.  Register by April 23 at https://www.sdbgarden.org/classes.htmSanta Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Rd.
Santa Barbara 93105


Check website for listings.

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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


Check website for listings. Monthly meetings repeat first Wednesdays.

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274


Saturday & Sunday, 4/18 & 4/19, 10am-5pm.  Spring Festival.  Celebrate Spring in the Garden with art, blooms and plant fun all weekend long! Enjoy a Garden Art Walk featuring demonstrations and work for sale by The Artists’ Studio of Palos Verdes or pick up the start of your home garden at the Plant Sale. Relish in the beautiful blooms of the Blossom Hunt and then sample craft food and drink while enjoying local live music throughout the afternoon. Docent-led tours of the Garden’s sculpture exhibit, Hide and Seek, will be offered, perfect for art- and plant-lovers alike! For more information, go to https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/event/spring-festival/2020-04-18/

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027


Thursday, 4/9, 7-9pm.  Fruit Trees for the Home Orchard with Tom Spellman of Dave Wilson Nursery. Admission is free for members, children, and students with ID, and $5 for non-members. Meetings also include expert discussion of plants in the Plant Forum table, and we often have Plant Raffles. Plants, used and new books and magazines are usually for sale at the meetings.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352


 Saturday, 4/4, 1-3:30pm.  Right Plant, Right Place with Lili Singer, TPF Director of Special Projects.  Knowing native habitats can help you choose the right plants for your place. This course discusses local plant communities and their conditions, as well as how to assess your garden’s conditions, including climate, soil, sunlight and space. A valuable class for beginners and the prerequisite for our Three-Part California Native Garden Design Course.  $25 members, $35 non-members.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/right-plant-right-place-with-lili-singer-registration-93161846591

Friday, 4/10, 9-10am.  Irrigation Basics for the Native Garden, a Walk and Talk with Tim Becker, TPF Director of Horticulture.  Curious about the best ways to water your native garden? This focused walk on TPF grounds covers how, when and where to irrigate, as well as the benefits and drawbacks for overhead, drip and hand-watering equipment. Bring your hat and water bottle. Free for members, $20 non-members.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/irrigation-basics-for-the-native-garden-a-walk-and-talk-with-tim-becker-tickets-98307280723

Saturday, 4/11, 9am-12noon.  Propagating Native Plants from Cuttings with Miranda Hernandez & Tim Switzer, TPF Apprentices of Native Plant Horticulture.  Learn basic skills of vegetative propagation.  Various species of native plants will be discussed and started from cuttings in this hands-on session, and you’ll leave with a flat of starts for your own garden! Please note that this workshop is held in our propagation shed and gardens; students should come prepared for three hours of standing with up to one mile of walking in the sun. Limited to 10 students.  $50 members, $65 non-members.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/propagating-native-plants-from-cuttings-with-miranda-hernandez-and-tim-switzer-tickets-95677374603

Saturday, 4/18, 1-3pm.  Willow Workshop with Kat High, Native American Elder.  Discover, enjoy and learn how to grow our native Salix (willow) in this lecture, demonstration and hands-on workshop! Learn about willow harvesting techniques and create your own willow seed beater for gathering seed in your own native plant garden. Limited to 12 students.  $20 members, $25 non-members.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/willow-workshop-with-kat-high-tickets-98298556629

Saturday, 4/25, 10am-12noon.  Native Seed-Starting Workshop with Miranda Hernandez & Tim Switzer, TPF Apprentices of Native Plant Horticulture.  Learn the ins and outs (and ups and downs) of propagating native plants from seed. This hands-on workshop covers basic seed physiology, seed viability, germination cues and pretreatments, and sowing and aftercare. Each student will take home a flat of seeds they’ve sown! All materials provided. Limited to 10 students. $50 members, $65 non-members.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-seed-starting-workshop-with-miranda-hernandez-and-tim-switzer-tickets-95705394411

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521



Saturday, 4/18, 9am-2pm, Upper Nursery at 1 Botanic Gardens Drive, Riverside 92507.  Spring Celebration and Member Appreciation Plant Sale.  Friends Members only.  If you are not a member, please consider joining at www.gardens.ucr.edu .  For more information, email UCRBG@ucr.edu or call 951-784-6962.

University of California South Coast Research & Extension Center

7601 Irvine Blvd
Irvine 92618


Saturday, 4/4, 9:30-11:30am.  Practical Composting for Small Spaces Workshop.  This workshop will review composting and vermiculture basics along with hands-on activities demonstrating practical applications to fit local landscapes to utilize most food waste while creating a valuable soil amendment.  $50.  Pre-Registration is required at http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=28458 .  For more information, contact Tammy Majcherek, tjmajcherek@ucanr.edu .

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