December 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/

Wednesday, 12/6, 6pm.  Santa Barbara Wreath Make & Take – Bring the welcoming spirit of stylish, Old California to your front door with a beautiful Santa Barbara wreath. Attendees will experience various visual demonstrations during this hands-on instructional class. Registration and $40 fee are required.

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/

(None for December)

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

(None for December)

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 December)

California Rare Fruit Growers - Foothill Chapter

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

www.foothillcrfg.org

(None for December)

Coastkeeper Garden

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

www.coastkeeper.org

Saturday, 12/09, 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, 12/9, 10am.  Wreathmaking.  Make a beautiful winter wreath for your home using natural materials, including botanicals gathered in the Gardens. Expert instruction will be provided to get you started.  $40 members, $50 nonmembers. Includes materials. Register online, at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center, or by phone at 818-949-7980. Early registration encouraged as class usually sells out.

Saturday, 12/9, 2pm.  Wreathmaking.  Make a beautiful winter wreath for your home using natural materials, including botanicals gathered in the Gardens. Expert instruction will be provided to get you started.  $40 members, $50 nonmembers. Includes materials. Register online, at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center, or by phone at 818-949-7980. Early registration encouraged as class usually sells out.

Sunday, 12/10, 2pm.  Wreathmaking.  Make a beautiful winter wreath for your home using natural materials, including botanicals gathered in the Gardens. Expert instruction will be provided to get you started.  $40 members, $50 nonmembers. Includes materials. Register online, at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center, or by phone at 818-949-7980. Early registration encouraged as class usually sells out.

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

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

www.deserthorticulturalsociety.org

Visit us on Facebook: facebook.com/DesertHorticulturalSociety

(None for December)

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, 12/16, 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, 12/2, 2-4pm.  Los Angeles Flora: Unique L.A. County Plants for the Small Garden with Leroy Adams.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831
657-278-3407

www.fullertonarboretum.org

Saturday & Sunday, 12/2 & 12/3, 10am-4pm.  Cactus & Succulent Sale. A diverse group of vendors will sell a variety of interesting, rare, and unique specimens. Proceeds help support our environmental education programs, plant conservation, and our diverse gardens. 

Saturdays, 12/09 and 12/23, 10am. Free 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. Free Nature Tours are held every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department

Deukmejian Wilderness Park

3429 Markridge Road
La Crescenta 91214
818-548-3795

http://www.glendaleca.gov/government/city-departments/community-services-parks

(None for December)

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Experimental Forest – Verdugo Mountains

Hostetter Fire Road gate on La Tuna Canyon Road near the 210 freeway
818-548-3795

http://www.glendaleca.gov/government/city-departments/community-services-parks

(None for December)

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

300 Paula Avenue (corner of Garden Street)
Glendale 91201
818-548-3795

http://www.glendaleca.gov/government/city-departments/community-services-parks

(None for December)

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 University of California Los Angeles County Master Gardener program will be on hand to answer questions and offer seasonal tips. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follow signs to the site. Repeats every Saturday.

Tuesday, 12/5, 7:30pm, Rothenberg Hall.  The Florentine Codex and the Herbal Tradition: Unknown versus Known?  The 16th-century ethnographic study known as the Florentine Codex included a richly detailed account of natural history of the New World. In this lecture, Alain Touwaide, historian of medicine, botany and medicinal plants, will compare the Codex and contemporary European herbal traditions. He suggests that they represent the opposition between unknown and known—a dynamic force that led to many discoveries in medicine through the centuries. A volume of the Florentine Codex, on loan from the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence, is currently on view in The Huntington’s “Visual Voyages” exhibition, part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

Sunday, 12/10, 2:30pm, Rothenberg Hall.  Cochineal in the History of Art and Global Trade.  Alejandro de Ávila Blomberg of the Oaxaca Ethnobotanical Garden and Oaxaca Textile Museum will explore the historical and cultural significance of the crimson dye cochineal. Derived from an insect that lives on the Opuntia cactus, cochineal has been used as a natural dye since ancient times, and it became Mexico’s second-most valued export after silver during the Spanish colonial period. The lecture is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition, “Visual Voyages” (part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA), on view in the Boone Gallery through Jan. 8.

Thursday, 12/14, 2:30pm, Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  Garden Talk & Sale:  California “Super Bloom” 2017.  Revisit last spring’s spectacular “super bloom” of California wildflowers in an illustrated lecture by Kathy Musial, curator of living collections at The Huntington. Included will be images from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Antelope Valley, and Carrizo Plain National Monument, among other locations. A plant sale follows the talk.

Idyllwild Nature Center

25225 Highway 243
Idyllwild 92549
951-659-3850

http://www.rivcoparks.org/education/idyllwild-nature-center/idyllwild-nature-center/ 

(None for December)

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, 12/6, 1:30-3pm.  Plant Information 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, 12/9, 10am-12noon.  Tree Identification, Do you know the trees of Southern California? We have one of the most diverse urban forests in the USA. This lecture will cover 15-20 tree species followed by a walk in the Arboretum to see the trees that were covered during the lecture.  Dr. Jerrold Turney, plant pathologist and certified arborist, will teach you to identify trees, their growth habit, their native country, how they should be cared for, any common diseases or insect pests that attack them, and the best place in your garden to plant them. Dr. Turney has served as the curator of the camellia gardens at the Huntington Library and Botanic Gardens, a research horticulturist at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, and is currently the plant pathologist for the Department of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures for the County of Los Angeles. $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.

Saturday, 12/16, 10am-12noon, Crescent Farm.  Crescent Farm Series: The Year In Crescent Farm. Learn about water conservation and sustainable gardening, with hands-on experience. The Crescent Farm, located in the heart of the Arboretum just west of Baldwin Lake, is a reclaimed landscape where we explore new and ancient horticulture techniques for water conservation and food production. This is an educational training series.  Please bring gloves, drinking water; wear close-toed shoes and a hat. Come and review the planning and results of this year’s work at the Crescent Farm. We will share our successes and failures and facilitate asking questions that serve to support continued learning for all of us. Free for members / Free for non-members (with 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 December)

Morongo Basin Conservation Association

www.mbconservation.org

(None for December)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007
213-763-3466

www.nhm.org/

(None for December)

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807
562-206-2040

http://www.rancholoscerritos.org/

Every Saturday and Sunday, 1-5pm.  Free 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 http://www.rancholoscerritos.org/things-to-do-hub/tours/

Saturday, 12/2, 1:30-4:30pm.  Sustainable Landscape Design with the Water Replenishment District of Southern California. Registration required -- contact Monica Sijder at 562-275-4234 or msijder@wrd.org

Saturday, 12/9, 1:30-4:30pm.  Edible Gardening with the Water Replenishment District of Southern California. Registration required -- contact Monica Sijder at 562-275-4234 or msijder@wrd.org

Saturday, 12/16, 1:30-4:30pm.  Drought-Tolerant Plants with the Water Replenishment District of Southern California. Registration required -- contact Monica Sijder at 562-275-4234 or msijder@wrd.org

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711
909-625-8767

rsabg.org

Saturday, 12/2, 1-4pm. Holiday Wreath Workshop. Looking for that perfect holiday-way to say you love California native plants? Show your spirit by crafting your own grapevine wreath decorated with fresh-cut California native plants from California's native garden. RSABG Volunteer and Florist Linda Prendergast leads this fun holiday workshop where participants will style their own wreaths using fragrant foliage, fruits, and other native cuttings. Bright red toyon berries, fragrant stems of white sage and juniper lend themselves perfectly as adornments. Hang one on your door, fence, or mailbox - these native wreaths make great gifts! $45 public | $40 members. Register online at http://rsabg.org/classes

Saturday, 12/2, 10-11am. Grow Native Nursery Workshop:  Understanding Your Soil. Soil textures? Percolation? It's just dirt, right? Learn the importance of the soil in your garden and how to identify different types of soils. Register online at http://rsabg.org/nursery-calendar

Sunday, 12/3, 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. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them; limited loaner binoculars may be available during the walk. Sponsored by the Pomona Valley Audubon Society. Register online at http://www.rsabg.org/bird-walks

Sunday, 12/3, 10am-1pm. Medicinal Plants of California Herb Walk. Join experienced herbalist William Broen for an interactive garden walk and presentation featuring medicinal and edible plants native to California. Participants will learn both traditional and modern plant uses of approximately 30 species, as well as relevant folklore. $25 public | $20 members. Register online at http://rsabg.org/classes

Saturday, 12/16, 8-9:30am.  Free Family Bird Walk. Join Chris Verma of Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly bird walk through the Garden. Register online at http://www.rsabg.org/bird-walks

Saturday, 12/16, 10-11am. Free Grow Native Nursery Workshop:  Seed Bombs. Take back the land! Learn how to craft the art that is the seed bomb using beautiful California Native Wildflower seeds. Register online at http://rsabg.org/nursery-calendar

San Diego Botanic Garden

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

http://www.sdbgarden.org

(None for December)

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
909 N La Cumbre Road
Santa Barbara 93110
805-684-5725

www.sbchs.org

First Wednesdays, 7pm.  Monthly meeting.  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/

(None for December)

Southern California Horticultural Society

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

http://www.socalhort.org/

Thursday, 12/14, 7-9:30pm.  Holiday party + bromeliads and tillandsias will be discussed and for sale.  Admission is free for members, children, and students with ID, and $5 for non-members. For this holiday meeting, please bring a plateful of holiday cookies for sharing.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352
818-768-1802

theodorepayne.org

Saturday, 12/2, 9am-12noon.  First Saturday Volunteer Day at TPF.  Join the Theodore Payne Foundation family of volunteers to 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. Repeats first Saturdays through June.

Thursday, 12/7, 8-10am.  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. Repeats first Thursdays through May.

Saturday, 12/2, 1:30-3:30pm.  Right Plant, Right Place with Lili Singer.  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 the conditions of your garden site. A valuable class for beginners and the prerequisite for our Three-Part Native Garden Design Course. $25 TPF members, $35 non-members.

Saturday, 12/9, 9-11:30am.  Native Plant Garden Maintenance with Lili Singer and Steve Singer.  Subjects covered include watering, fertilizing (or not), grooming, mulching, pest management and other aspects of garden maintenance. You’ll also discover how native plants respond to pruning cuts (good and bad), what we trigger with our gardening activities, and how to develop good maintenance goals. Part of the class with be held outdoors; bring your hat and water. $40 TPF members, $50 non-members.

Saturday, 12/9, 1:30-3:00pm.  La Tuna Canyon Regeneration Series: Prepping for Fire: - A Neighborhood Case Study with Ellen Mackey.  Learn how one local homeowner has protected her house from fire with practical solutions that can assure safety for her property and family. Free for those affected by the La Tuna Fire, those who serve that community, and residents of other fire-prone areas.

Saturday, 12/16, 1:30-3:30pm.  La Tuna Canyon Regeneration Series: Tipping the Scales - Invasive Species in Fire Preparation and Recovery with Dr. Sabrina Drill.  This presentation discusses exotic (non-native) plants, insect pests, and other invasive species and how they affect pre- and post-fire situations – and how fire preparation, suppression, and recovery can help or hinder the spread of invasives. Also included in this session: a call for volunteers to help with Theodore Payne Foundation post-fire regeneration projects. Free for those affected by the La Tuna Fire, those who serve that community, and residents of other fire-prone areas.

Saturday, 12/16, 9-11:30am.  Irrigation Practices for Native Plant Gardens with Tim Becker.  This class for home gardeners discusses irrigation principles, techniques and equipment best suited for native plant landscapes – with practical examples, a demonstration of TPF's irrigation system and plenty of time for questions. Tim is TPF Director of Horticulture.  $30 TPF members; $40 non-members.

Friday, 12/29, 5pm.  Deadline for enrollment for Three-Part Native Garden Design with Shawn Maestretti, beginning January 6.  This comprehensive course for home gardeners offers a sound foundation in design styles and process, the importance of sustainability and how to model a garden after patterns in nature. Students will devise a base/plot plan, implementing knowledge of hardscape materials, irrigation, soils and more. $225 TPF members, $275 nonmembers; $285 member couples, $335 nonmember couples.

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521
951-784-6962

http://gardens.ucr.edu

(None for December)

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