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, 10/6, 9am-1pm. Meet the Designers. (Only at these stores – Claremont, La Canada, La Habra, Long Beach, Monrovia, Newport Beach, San Juan Capistrano, Sherman Oaks, Thousand Oaks, Torrance). Meet with a garden design expert. Armstrong’s team of designers will give an overview of available services, show off portfolios of previous work and answer general landscape design questions.
Saturday, 10/13, 9am. Cool Season Edibles. There are wonderful assortments of healthy, great tasting vegetables to plant for fall, winter and early spring. Find out which varieties are best to plant.
Saturday, 10/20, 9am. Pumpkin with Succulents Make & Take. Create a fun and unique planter for your porch or patio. All materials will be supplied. Prior Registration preferred, and a $49 fee is required.
Saturday, 10/27, 9am. Free Kids’ Halloween Make & Take. Kids will plant a charming Halloween container. Basic gardening principles will be introduced. Parents are required to stay with their children. No Fee, but pre-registration is required as materials will be limited. Register at https://gardening.formstack.com/forms/kidsmakeandtake2018 .
California Native Plant Society – San Gabriel Mountains Chapter
Eaton Canyon Nature Center
1750 North Altadena Drive
(None for October)
California Native Plant Society – Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
First United Methodist Church
1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403
Tuesday 10/9, 7:30-9:30pm. Double-Header on Mosses: 1) Biodiverstiy in Homosporous and Heterosporous Plants; and 2) A Hyperlinked eBook of Moss Niches and Guilds. Lecture is free and non-members are welcome. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call Snowdy Dodson at 818-782-9346.
California Native Plant Society – Los Angeles/Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
Sepulveda Garden Center
16633 Magnolia Blvd
Saturday & Sunday, 10/13 & 10/14, 10am-3pm. California Native Plant Society Native Plant Sale. An expanded selection of plants with a focus on species that can survive in our hot and dry climate. Plants include perennial wildflowers, irises, mints, sages, berries, hummingbird and butterfly plants, shrubs, perennials and trees. Wildflower seeds will be available for purchase along with natural history books, native gardening books, field guides, and posters. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Saturday, 10/13, 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.
1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011
Saturday & Sunday, 10/13 & 10/14. Japanese Garden Celebration. Celebrate Japanese art and culture, enjoying family-friendly activities including a tour of the garden, Ikebana displays, taiko drum performances and crafting inspired by the Japanese Garden.
Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley
UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211
Saturday, 10/27, 8am-2:30pm. 13th Annual Desert Garden Community Day. A day of free programs, information booths on desert gardening, including "Spooky, Spiny and Succulent -- demystifying desert plants and wildlife”, keynote speakers Steve Martino and Caren Yglesias; also food, author talks, book signings, master gardener plant sale, kids' activities. For more information, go to www.deserthorticulturalsociety.org , www.palmdesert.ucr.edu and www.ucanr.edu/sites/RiversideMG .
Eaton Canyon Nature Center
1750 North Altadena Drive
Every Wednesday, and second Sunday, 10am. Eaton Canyon Gardening Group. Volunteers maintain the garden.
Saturday, 10/20, 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 email@example.com . Repeats third Saturdays.
El Dorado Nature Center
7550 E. Spring Street
Long Beach 90815
(None for October)
1900 Associated Road
Saturday, 10/13, 10 am. Composting with Worms! Learn how to introduce and maintain worms in your home composting system. When worms do the composting work for you, you get the reward of rich “fluffy” soil that works wonders in your garden. $7/members; $10/non-members.
Saturdays, 10/13 & 10/27, 10 am. 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.
Sunday, 10/14, 1 pm. Fall and Winter Gardening. Expert gardener Yvonne Savio will discuss tips and techniques for successfully growing the many edible and ornamental plants to add to your garden to enjoy through our cool season. $20/members; $25/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.
Thursday, 10/11, 2:30pm, Ahmanson room, Brody Botanical Center. Garden Talk: Designing a Firewise Landscape. When a wildfire breaks out, residential landscapes can become fuel, causing flames to spread. Cassy Aoyagi, president of FormLA Landscaping, will discuss how to protect your home by designing a firewise landscape that incorporates low-ignition plants such as California fescue grass, deer grass, manzanita, agave, aloe, and ice plant, among others.
Sunday, 10/14, 2:30pm, Rothenberg Hall. Talk & Book Signing: Desert Gardens of Steve Martino. Award-winning landscape architect Steve Martino and Caren Yglesias, author of Desert Gardens of Steve Martino, will discuss landscaping for arid climates. Martino’s pioneering designs combine dramatic man-made elements with native plants in gardens that honor the natural ecology of the desert. Starting with the interplay of light and shadow, Martino’s desert-derived aesthetic creates inviting spaces of beauty and color while solving common site problems such as lack of privacy or shade. The book features 21 of Martino’s projects (including his own Arizona home, which he dubs his “laboratory”), photographed by Steve Gunther. Desert Gardens of Steve Martino (The Monacelli Press; $50 hardcover) is available in the Huntington Store.
Friday-Sunday, 10/19-21, 10am-5pm, Brody Botanical Center. 4th Annual International Orchid Show and Sale. Celebrate the amazing diversity of orchids—a vast family of more than 22,000 species in 880 genera—as hundreds of exotic blooms compete for honors. The event will showcase lush displays by local and regional orchid societies and international growers, and vendors will have a wide range of orchid plants and related merchandise for sale.
Sunday, 10/21, 2pm, Rothenberg Hall. Ohara School of Ikebana. Hiroki Ohara, fifth-generation headmaster of the Ohara School of Ikebana, will present a lecture-demonstration of the Japanese art of ikebana flower arranging in celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary in Los Angeles. Hiroki Ohara is a practicing contemporary artist, whose large-scale, site-specific works have blurred the boundaries of ikebana, land art, and performance art. $20; purchase tickets online at www.huntington.org/calendar .
Thursday, 10/25, 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.
Friday-Sunday, 10/26-28, 10am-5pm, Plant Sale Nursery. Fall Plant Sale. Autumn is the perfect time to plant California natives, and our Fall Plant Sale is the perfect place to stock up on all your favorites, including manzanita, salvia, buckwheat, ceanothus, desert mallow, and many others. The sale will also feature water-wise Southwestern gems such as Texas ranger, tecoma, and chocolate daisy; plus an assortment of Australian natives that are ideal for our local climate, including grevillea and callistemon. If you live in the foothills or canyons, check out the selection of firewise grasses, shrubs, and groundcovers. The sale will also offer a wide variety of herbs, cacti and succulents, bulbs, and much more.
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
Wednesday, 10/3, 1:30-3pm. Plant Information: Woody Landscape Plants with Arboretum Botanist Frank McDonough. The latest in water saving trees and shrubs. How to choose the right tree or shrub for your situation or design style. Class generally 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. Register at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/LosAngelesArboretumFoundation?season=2470605&session=39859807 Repeats first Wednesdays.
Thursday, 10/4, 9:30am-12noon. What’s Happening in Gardening: Potensai with Matt-Dell Tufenkian and Dan. A bonsai-in-training is also known as a potensai. Only certain plants can be used for this art form. Matt & Dan will cover the history and traditions of this ancient practice. $140 for 8-class series, $25 per class. Register at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/LosAngelesArboretumFoundation?season=2470605&session=39678202
Thursday, 10/11, 9:30am-12noon. What’s Happening in Gardening: Horticultural Therapy with Rebecca Tufenkian. The use of gardening as therapy for mental and physical ailments can be traced back to ancient times. We will cover an overview of the Horticultural Therapy philosophy and explore what different types of therapeutic gardens might look like. $140 for 8-class series, $25 per class. Register at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/LosAngelesArboretumFoundation?season=2470605&session=39678202
Saturday, 10/13, 10am-4pm. Botany Bootcamp. Identify plants as if your life depended on it. This comprehensive and compacted session will introduce you to the terminology, concepts and structures you’ll need to know to identify plants by introducing you to the 7 most common plant families here at the Arboretum. This 5-hour, 1-day class requires certain texts and a 10-20X illuminated hand loupe magnifier (available at minimal cost on Amazon.com). Please see http://laarboretumplantid.blogspot.com/ for additional information and texts. $65 Arboretum members / $75 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission). Register at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/LosAngelesArboretumFoundation?season=2470605&session=39674702
Sunday, 10/14, 4-6pm. The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors with David Haskell. David has won acclaim for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world. He will describe how he has integrated contemplative, literary, and scientific studies of the natural world. What might we learn by paying repeated attention to very small parts of our neighborhoods or forests? $12 Arboretum members / $15 non-members, Register at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/LosAngelesArboretumFoundation?season=2470605&session=39674302
Thursday, 10/18, 9:30am-12noon. What’s Happening in Gardening: Palm Problems and Solutions with David Bleistein. Palms are one of the things that make living in Southern California special. You see them everywhere you go. They can give shade, edible fruit, and fiber for clothes. They give a special kind of graceful beauty that nothing else does. But, like all living things, palms have their needs and nuisances. David Bleistein loves palms, but also understands that passionate love has to be tempered with prudence and care to keep sorrow at bay. He is an attorney, palm enthusiast, past President and present Treasurer of the Palm Society of Southern California. He has a half-acre garden composed mostly of about 100 species of palms. $140 for 8-class series, $25 per class. Register at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/LosAngelesArboretumFoundation?season=2470605&session=39678202
Saturday, 10/20, 10am-12noon. Crescent Farm: Meadow Planting. Join the many who’ve enjoyed our continuously flowering meadow! Learn how easy it is to make such magic happen using native and compatible flowers from seed! We’ll make seed balls for everyone to enjoy and launch. Register at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/LosAngelesArboretumFoundation?season=2470605&session=39883803
Thursday, 10/25, 9:30am-12noon. What’s Happening in Gardening: History of Brown’s Geraniums with Steve Brown. Steve is heir to Brown’s Geranium Farm and will tell us the story of his family’s plant business in Encinitas. He will take us back to a time when a desire for geraniums spanned nationally and internationally, and how his family innovated production to meet this demand. $140 for 8-class series, $25 per class. Register at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/LosAngelesArboretumFoundation?season=2470605&session=39678202
Saturday, 10/27, 10am-12noon. Success with Succulents. Bold shapes and leaf colors make succulents the jewels of the garden. Add bling to your pots and small spaces using some of our toughest plants. Many form rosettes, where the whole plant looks like a cluster of flowers. This workshop will cover placing, combining, arranging, maintaining, and propagating succulents. Bring a pot and we will make an arrangement together. Old pots will also be available for sale. Potting soil and plant cuttings will be provided. Please bring any succulent cuttings you would like to share. $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members. Register at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/LosAngelesArboretumFoundation?season=2470605&session=39674502
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007
Rancho Los Cerritos
4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807
Saturdays & Sundays, 1-5pm. Garden One-Hour Tours. Rancho Los Cerritos offers free one-hour garden tours for visitors. For details about all of our tours, visit http://www.rancholoscerritos.org/things-to-do-hub/tours/. Repeats every weekend.Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 North College Avenue
Saturday, 10/6, 10am-12noon. What to Plant? What to Plant? What to Plant? Would you like to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, but are not sure which plants they would like best? Do you live above the foothills, at the beach, or in the high desert where different climates and soil types are challenging you in surprising ways? Or does your garden have clay soils or a large oak tree under which plant after plant seems to wither away? Meet with RSABG nursery and horticulture staff at the Lenz Classroom for this pleasant workshop where you can ask all your questions, express your gardening concerns and frustrations, and receive the advice and suggestions you need! $15 public, $10 members. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, 10/27, 9am-4:30pm. Fall Plant Sale. Celebrate the fall planting season with the opening of Grow Native Nursery and free admission to the Garden. Discover great deals on a diversity of California native plants. Get inspiration as you explore the largest botanical garden dedicated to California flora. Friendly staff are available to assist with your questions and garden dreams. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden members are permitted early access at 8 am.
Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society
Church of the Nazarene
1307 E Citrus Avenue
Redlands, CA 92374
Frank Herendeen 909-793-3333
Thursday, 10/18, 7pm. Designing Home Gardens with Succulents with Vicky Perez. A question and answer period, a visitor’s door prize, social gathering, plus refreshments are offered after the informative meeting.
San Diego Botanic Garden
230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024
Saturday, 10/6, 10am-3pm. Orchid Clinic 2018. Great education sessions presented by local expert orchid growers who will impart valuable, easy to use information on how to select, grow and care for orchids.
Saturday & Sunday, 10/20 & 10/21, 10am-4pm. Annual Fall Plant Sale 2018. Choose from thousands of unique, exotic, unusual and drought-tolerant plants, as well as California natives, herbs, succulents, annuals, perennials. Thousands of plants donated by over 100 generous local growers wholesalers, retail nurseries and individuals. Plant selections include California natives, cacti, succulents, fruit trees, bromeliads, sub-tropicals and house plants. Many plants available at the sale are propagated at the SD Botanic Garden by horticulturalists, docents and dedicated volunteers.
Monday, 10/22, 9am-12noon. All remaining plants from the fall plant sale are half-price.
Saturday, 10/27, 9am-5pm and Sunday 10/28, 10am-4pm. Annual Palomar Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale. Spectacular succulent specimens from around the world. Great variety of plants for the novice or collector, as well as handmade ceramic pots, driftwood planters, etc.
Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
909 N La Cumbre Road
Santa Barbara 93110
Check website for events.
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274
(None for October)
Southern California Horticultural Society
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027
Thursday, 10/11, 7-9pm. Local designers Wynne Wilson and Shawn Maestretti will speak on blending Mediterranean and California plants in gardens.
Theodore Payne Foundation
10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352
University of California Riverside Botanic Garden
900 University Avenue
Saturday, 10/20, 10am-4pm. Fall Garden Market & Plant Sale. Vendors, waterwise plants, CA natives, vegetables, herbs & more.
University of California South Coast Research & Extension Center
7601 Irvine Blvd
Saturday, 10/27, 8:45am-12noon. Practical Composting in Small Spaces. Learn compost and vermiculture basics to fit local landscapes from UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners. Hands-on activities demonstrating practical applications in a working environment. All participants will create your own worm bin to take home – materials included. $50.00 (material fees included). Pre-Registration by 10/25/18 is required; but space is limited to first (40) registrants. See http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=22601