March 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, 3/3, 11am-1pm.  Grilling in the Garden.  Take advantage of a special 20 percent discount available all day at every Armstrong location. Enjoy a free lunch of an old-fashioned hotdog, chips, and ice-cold soft drink while shopping throughout the store. Food and drinks will be served while supplies last.

Saturday, 3/3, 9am.  Super Strawberry Saturday.  Armstrong’s experts will instruct attendees on how to grow strawberries in the garden and in containers. Plant strawberries now for flavorful summer harvests. Customers can take home a free 3-inch sequoia strawberry plant with any purchase (while supplies last, limit one per customer). Enjoy complimentary strawberry lemonade and a sampling of McCutcheon’s Triple Crown Preserves while supplies last.

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107

Thursday, 3/22, 7:30pm.  Rare Plants of the High San Gabriel Mountains: Oreonana Vestita (Woolly Mountain Parsley) and Its Associates with Jane Tirrell.  The woolly mountain parsley, Oreonana vestita (Apiaceae), California Native Plant Rank 1B.3, occurs primarily on ridges and summits that are intermittently covered with snow during the winter and spring. A study of this plant and its habitat may yield information on how plants adapt to climate change. Oreonana vestita occurs over a wide elevation range, from 5200 to 10,060 feet above sea level, and is associated with different plant communities according to the elevation. This talk will discuss O. vestita natural history and phenology (the timing of events such as flowering and fruiting) and will showcase associated plants and tress across this elevation range with a focus on rare plants. Jane Tirrell became interested in native plants when she retired in 2010 from Keck Graduate Institute (one of the Claremont Colleges), where she had been Associate Dean of Faculty. She joined the Lily Spring Area Survey and the California Native Plant Society that same year. The Lily Spring Area Survey was a phenology study and plant species survey that compared observations made in 2010 to 2012 with those made in 1981. Her degrees are in biology and chemistry (BA Wellesley College) and biochemistry (PhD University of Massachusetts at Amherst). Her interest in Oreonana vestita and other plants at high elevation in the San Gabriel Mountains grew out of the Lily Spring Area Survey.

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403

(None for March)

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436

Tuesday, 3/13, 7:30pm.  Rare Dudleyas: Evolution and Survival will be presented by Dani Amoroso who recently earned her M.S. in Biology from CSUN.  For more information, contact .

California Rare Fruit Growers - Foothill Chapter

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

(None for March)

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869

Saturday, 3/10, 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

Every Saturday & Sunday in March, 11am & 1pm tours. Spring Bloom Walks. Learn about cherry blossoms, flowering trees, and other seasonal favorites.  Flowers in bloom include everything from lilacs and tulips to the breathtaking and fleeting cherry blossoms. Activities are free with admission, unless otherwise noted. Pre-reservations required at, in person at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center, or by phone at 818-949-7980.

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211

(None for March)

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, 3/17, 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, 3/3, 2-4pm.  Gardening With and for Shade:  How Shade Defines and Refines A Garden.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831

Sunday, 3/4, 1pm. Nature Photography. Learn how to use space, light, and time to take more memorable photos. The class includes tips, tricks, and techniques that will help you advance your photography skills. We begin with basic photo concepts. Then we show how to apply graphic design to determine what people see. Next we’ll show step-by-step sequences that illustrate practical approaches to effective photos. Over 300 photos show examples of what to do and what to avoid. Even advanced photographers find a few surprises! $35 members, $40 non-members.

Saturdays, 3/10 and 3/24, 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. Repeats 2nd and 4th Saturdays.

Sunday, 3/11, 1pm. Brewing Wild Beers. Pascal Baudar, a wild food researcher and a self-styled “culinary alchemist,” will teach you how to brew wild beers using local plants. $45 members, $50 non-members.

Saturday and Sunday, 3/17 & 3/28, 9am-4pm. Veggiepalooza Monster Tomato & Pepper Sale. Veggiepalooza is the largest plant sale in the region focusing exclusively on tomato and pepper plants. Close to 300 varieties of tomatoes, peppers, and varietal veggies are geared toward the home gardener.Glendale Community Services & Parks Department

Deukmejian Wilderness Park

3429 Markridge Road
La Crescenta 91214

(None for March)

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Experimental Forest – Verdugo Mountains

Hostetter Fire Road gate on La Tuna Canyon Road near the 210 freeway

(None for March)

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

300 Paula Avenue (corner of Garden Street)
Glendale 91201

(None for March)

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. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follow signs to the site. Repeats every Saturday.

Thursday, 3/8, 2:30pm, Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  Garden Talk & Plant Sale:  Invasive Insects in an Era of Climate Change.  Experts estimate that, over the past decade, some 20 percent of the mature trees in the Los Angeles area have been lost. Arboricultural consultant Rebecca Latta will share information about the insect threats to our region’s trees, the diseases they carry, and how to detect them in the home garden. The discussion will include invasive shot hole borers, glassy-winged sharp shooters, citrus psyllids, ficus psyllids, eye midges, whiteflies, and gall wasps.

Thursday, 3/15, 4:30-6pm, Auditorium, Brody Botanical Center.  Historia Plantarum.  In this ongoing discussion series, Alain Touwaide, historian of botany, medicine, and medicinal plants, discusses related topics reaching as far back in time as Hippocrates and Cleopatra and into the modern era.

Saturday and Sunday, 3/17 & 3/18, 10am-5pm, Brody Botanical Center.  15th Annual Clivia Show and Sale.  Nearly 250 beautiful specimens will be on view. Visitors can enjoy prize-winning exhibits, learn more about clivia plants at informal talks and demonstrations (see below), or browse through the sale area for unusual varieties to take home. A “People’s Choice” award encourages the public to vote for their favorite plant in the show. The event is presented by the Southern California Chapter of the North American Clivia Society. Talks/Demonstrations:  An Introduction to Clivia, followed by Q&A with Malcolm Shrimplin, NACS President (Sunday, 1:30 p.m.); Clivia Repotting Demonstration with Dick Storch, NACS Director (Sunday, 3 p.m.)

Thursday, 3/22, 4:30-5:30pm, Auditorium, Brody Botanical Center.  Botany Bay Series:  Plant Science for Gardeners and Citizen Scientists.  Join Jim Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens, for an exploration of the wonders of the plant world through discussion and hands-on lab time.

Saturday and Sunday, 3/24 & 3/25, 10am-5pm, Brody Botanical Center.  58th Annual Bonsai Show.  Discover the timeless appeal of an ancient horticultural art form as the California Bonsai Society show features dozens of beautiful specimens created by bonsai masters. Additional examples can be seen in the permanent display in the Japanese Garden’s Bonsai Courts.

Idyllwild Nature Center

25225 Highway 243
Idyllwild 92549

(None for March)

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, 3/7, 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, 3/3, 10am-12pm, Tree Identification, Do you know the trees of Southern California? We have one of the most diverse urban forests in the USA. This class will teach you about different trees on each of three Saturdays (4/7 and 5/5) for a total of 60 trees. Each class will have a one-hour lecture that will cover 20 tree species followed by a walk in the Arboretum to see the trees that were covered during the lecture. $25 Arboretum members, $35 non-members.  Register at 626-821-4623 or pay at the class.

Saturday, 3/17, 10am-12noon.  Crescent Farm Weaving Workshop.  Learn to use your bio-mass (plant waste) to create garden structures.  Simple weaving techniques can use leaves as cordage, branches as trellises, tomato cages, shade shelters, and various long-lasting leaves as weavers.  Design and build compost structures, plant guards and soil traps in your own Crescent Garden.  For more info, call the Education Department at 626.821.4623

Thursday, 3/1, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening:  Spring Gardening in Southern California with Yvonne Savio.  Yvonne will discuss photos from her Pasadena garden of what to plant now to enjoy through summer, including last cool-weather plantings as well as first warm-weather plantings. Yvonne Savio is the former head of the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program, and her website is (2.5 APLD CEU Credits) $25 per class Arboretum members & non-members. Register at 626-821-4623 or pay at the class.

Thursday, 3/8, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening in Gardening:  Propagation with Sherry Tobin & Matt-Dell Tufenkian, Learn some propagation techniques from the Arboretum’s “Plant Goddess” and “Lord of Plants.” Sherry and Matt will lead a hands-on propagation workshop demonstrating different propagation techniques. Be prepared to get a little dirty and to take plants home. All materials provided. (2.5 APLD CEU Credits) $25 per class Arboretum members & non-members. Register at 626-821-4623 or pay at the class.

Thursday, 3/15, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening:  The Shakespeare Garden with Rebecca Tufenkian, What does one of the world’s best loved playwrights have to tell us about plants and gardening? And why do his words continue to inspire garden designs after 400+ years? We will explore these questions with a talk and walk-through of the Arboretum’s Shakespeare Garden. Bring your sun hat! (1.25 APLD CEU Credits) $25 per class Arboretum members & non-Members. Register at 626-821-4623 or pay at the class.

Thursday, 3/22, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening:  Camellias with Frank McDonough.  The search is on for the perfect Southern California Camellia. Dozens of new cultivar species have been added to the Arboretum’s Collection to evaluate the best growers. Frank will share photos of some of the new camellias he spotted on his recent trip to Taiwan, and we will also visit the new Camellia area of the Arboretum. (1.25 APLD CEU Credits) $25 per class Arboretum members & non-Members. Register at 626-821-4623 or pay at the class.

Thursday, 3/29, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening:  Field Trip: Spring Gardening at the Altadena Community Garden with Yvonne Savio.  Our Fall Field Trip to the Altadena Community Garden with Yvonne was such a hit, we’ve decided to do it this Spring. We will check in to see what the gardeners are planting this season, and Yvonne will demonstrate and discuss transplanting, irrigating, and soil-enrichment techniques. Yvonne Savio is the former head of the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program, and her website is (1.25 APLD CEU Credits) $25 per class Arboretum members & non-Members. Register at 626-821-4623 or pay at the class.

Through 6/23, Tuesday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm, Saturday 8:30am-5pm, Sunday 12-4pm, Library.  Pamela Burgess art exhibition, "the naturalist's desk: language + landscape," explores the concept, beauty, and meaning of landscape, including drawings and poetry, sculpture and photography, selections from the Library's book collection, artwork based on specimens found in the Botanic Garden, and an oversized cabinet of curiosities. 

Mojave Desert Land Trust Center for Conservation Initiatives

60124 29 Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(None for March)

Morongo Basin Conservation Association

(None for March)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007

Second Saturdays, February through July; meet at the North Ticket Booth.  Saturday Strolls in the Nature Gardens.  Are you overwhelmed by the incredible variety of plants in local nurseries?  Not sure what to choose for your own garden?  Join Carol Bornstein, director of the NHMLA Nature Gardens, on monthly morning walks through the always-changing Nature Gardens.  We’ll talk about which plants are tough, which are fussy, how much to water, and what kind of plants will attract butterflies, birds, and other wildlife to your home garden.

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

Saturday, 3/3, 8am-4:30pm.  Celebrating Spring! Plant Sale. Celebrate Spring with a wonderful selection of California native plants and free admission to the Garden! Make your garden’s flower show spectacular. Spring is an amazing time of year in California, when many of our native plants put on a spectacular display in bright reds, purples and yellows to attract native pollinators – bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and more!

Sunday, 3/4, 8-9:30am.  Free Family 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. To register, please go to

Saturday, 3/10, 10am-12noon.  Organic Art. Artist and naturalist Sama Wareh will introduce you to the work of famous artist Andy Goldsworthy, after which you will enjoy a hike through Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden to learn how to use natural organic materials in building amazing art pieces, sculptures and designs, how to photograph them and then leave them behind for nature to decompose. As Sama Wareh notes this is not only the art of creating but the art of letting go: the ultimate form of creativity and healing infused into one fantastic workshop! $25 public, $20 members. To register, please go to .

Saturday, 3/18, 10am-3pm.  Color All Around: Native Dyes & The Plants That Make Them. Join artist and RSABG designer David Bryant in this hands-on workshop about the amazing colors that can be extracted from native dye plants. Materials will be provided, but you may want to bring your own wool, silk or other animal-fiber textiles to dye.  $45 public, $40 members. To register, please go to .

Saturday, 3/17, 8-9:30am. Free Family Bird Walk. Join Chris Verma of Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly bird walk through the Garden. To register, please go to

Saturday, 3/17, 10-11am. Grow Native Nursery Workshop: Habitat Gardening. Gain the skills you need to successfully establish your native plants for our friendly birds and other animals. Curious on how to encourage and attract more pollinators and wildlife to your own garden? This lecture will inform you on how to do it! To register, please go to .

Sunday, 3/25, 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. $30 public, $25 members. To register, please go to .

Saturday, 3/31, 9am-12noon. Rules of the Game (of Thorns). In this workshop, Loraine Washburn, PhD, RSABG Laboratory Manager and Conservation Botanist, (and interpreter of the Game of Thorns exhibit), will introduce you to the many ways that plants defend themselves in the face of threats from all kingdoms of life: insects, mammals, fungi, and other plants. With a special focus on the defenses featured in the Game of Thorns exhibit, this experiential and interactive workshop will invite you to closely examine and contemplate plants both as prey and as defensive living organisms. We will focus first on plants in the exhibit, and then also walk in the Garden to gain appreciation of the many evolutionary pathways that have allowed California native species to defend themselves from their enemies.. $20 public, $25 members. To register, please go to

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024

Saturday and Sunday, 3/17 & 3/18, 9am-5pm.  Spring Planting Jubilee & Tomato Sale.  It’s March planting madness with a wide variety of tomatoes, vegetables and herbs as well as bromeliads, palms, cycads, and orchids.  Also garden art and implements.  Speakers on many topics.  Garden experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide helpful advice.

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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

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

Saturday, 3/10, 10:30am-4pm.  South Coast African Violet Society Show and Sale.  Demonstration 11:00 am – 4 pm, sales 11:30 am – 4 pm. 

Saturday, 3/24, 9am-4pm.  Spring Plant Sale.  Sponsored by Propagation Workshop, Back 40 and South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation. Vendors include MB Landscaping and Nursery, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Ricardo’s Nursery, Palos Verdes Begonia Society and South Coast Rose Society. Donated plants from Native Sons will also be available for purchase.

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027

Thursday, 3/8, 7-9pm.  Antonio Sanchez will speak on (and demonstrate!) cooking with California native plants. Admission is free for members, children, and students with ID, and $5 for non-members.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352

Thursday, 3/1, 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.

Friday, 3/2.  Last day to register for Three-Part Native Garden Design with Steve Gerischer, beginning Saturday, 3/10.  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 non-members; $285 member couples, $335 non-member couples.

Saturday, 3/3, 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.

Saturday, 3/3, 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, 3/10, 9am-12noon.  Propagating California Native Plants with Jordan Isken.  Learn basic skills of vegetative propagation with TPF’s Propagation Manager. Various species of native plants will be discussed and started from cuttings or divisions in this hands-on session, and you’ll leave with a flat of starts for your own garden.  Limit: 10 participants. $50 TPF members, $60 non-members.

Saturday, 3/17, 1:30-3:30pm.  Four Seasons of Color with California Natives with Lili Singer.  Turn your California native garden into a seasonal showcase of flowers, seed, fruit and foliage. Through vivid images and a detailed plant list, this multi-hued program reveals a vibrant array of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, groundcovers and grasses that will ensure year-round interest and color. $20 TPF members, $30 non-members.

Saturday, 3/24, 8:30am-4:30pm.  Poppy Day Plant Sale.  The region’s best selection of California natives. Discounts to all on plants, seed and TPF gear: TPF members, 15% off; non-members, 10% off. Shop early for best selection! Bring your own boxes and wagons.

Saturday, 3/31, 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.

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521

(None for March)

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