June 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


Saturday, 6/3, 8am to 7pm.  Butterfly Celebration.  To celebrate the arrival of butterflies, join the Armstrong team for a free “nectar” beverage and sweet snack while supplies last. (Event will not take place at the Morena Blvd. location.)

Saturday, 6/3, 9am.  Attracting Butterflies.  Providing a garden habitat for pollinators will produce more flowers and larger harvests. Butterflies bring added beauty to gardens and help with pollination. Armstrong experts will show which plants will attract these beautiful garden guests and share helpful tips and techniques to increase their visits. (Class not available at the Irvine Outlet location.)

Saturday, 6/17, 9am.  Growing Plumerias.  It’s so easy to grow the Hawaiian lei flower!  Come select your favorites. Learn basic care and techniques to keep plumerias healthy and blooming all summer long. (Class not available at the Irvine Outlet location.)

Saturday, 6/24, 9am.  Growing Succulents & Cacti.  Easy-care succulents and cacti love the heat and are water-wise. Both add wonderful color and texture to gardens. Armstrong staff will show how to care for these popular low-maintenance plants. (Class not available at the Irvine Outlet location.)

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107


(None for June)

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403


Tuesday, 6/13, 7:30pm.  Shot-Hole Borers are Here! Talk and slide show concerning drought-weakened trees' resistance to borer invasions, how the pests spread, how to identify them, and what researchers have recently discovered in California.  For more info call Snowdy Dodson at 818-782-9346 or go to www.lacnps.org.

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436


(None for June)

California Rare Fruit Growers - Foothill Chapter

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


(None for June)

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869


Saturday, 6/10, 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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/CoastkeeperGardenShareRepeats second Saturdays. 

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011


Monday through Friday, 6/19 through 6/26, 9am-3pm.  Descanso Discoveries Summer Camp. Descanso will once again partner with the Child Educational Center to present two fun and adventurous weeks of summer camp for children entering grades 1-7. Children will tend to their own garden plot, prepare healthy snacks in the outdoor kitchen, and investigate the wonders of our natural world through art and science-based activities. Free extended care available from 7am-6pm. $511 per week. For more information or to register, please call 818-354-3418 or go to https://cec.campbrainregistration.com.

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211


(None for June)

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, 6/17, 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, 6/3, 2-4pm.  Perfect Pathways:  how to design, build and maintain garden pathways.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831


(None for June)Glendale Community Services & Parks Department

Deukmejian Wilderness Park

3429 Markridge Road
La Crescenta 91214


Saturday, 6/3, 9am-12noon.  Know Your Natives.   Here’s a chance to learn about the California native plants that grow in our local foothills.  Join us for a hike, on moderately steep trails, and learn to identify plants from the mixed chaparral and sage scrub communities.  There will be a number of stops to discuss the impacts of man, fire and climate on these plants.

Saturday, 6/17, 8am-12noon.  Wilderness Workday.  Join us for a morning of tree-watering and removing invasive species.  Wear long pants and bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.  We’ll provide the tools, drinks, and snacks.  All participants must sign a liability waiver and minors must provide a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. 

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

300 Paula Avenue (corner of Garden Street)
Glendale 91201


Saturday, 6/10, 9am-12noon.  Riverwalk Workday.  Help us maintain the landscaped areas along the Los Angeles River.  Wear long pants and bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.  We’ll provide the tools, drinks, and snacks.  All participants must sign a liability waiver and minors must provide a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. 

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 LA 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, 6/8, 2:30pm, Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  Garden Talk & Sale:  Moving the Whitelock Cycads.  In 2015, The Huntington received a donation of 620 cycads from the estate of Loran Whitelock, a passionate local plantsman. The gift nearly tripled the number of these rare plants in the botanical collection. Gary Roberson, head gardener of the cycad collection, discusses the herculean task involved in transporting, documenting, and transplanting the Whitelock cycads, which now grace a long ribbon of landscape stretching east and west along a ridge above the Jungle Garden. A plant sale follows the talk.


Friday through Sunday, 6/30 through 7/2, 10am-5pm, Brody Botanical Center.  Cactus and Succulent Annual Show and Sale presented by the Cactus and Succulent Society of America.  Friday = pre-show plant sale.  Saturday/Sunday = show and sale.  Hundreds of outstanding and intriguing plants will be on view. With today's growing interest in dry-climate gardening, it is a must for anyone wanting to learn more about these wonderfully diverse and visually striking plants.

Idyllwild Nature Center

25225 Highway 243
Idyllwild 92549


Saturday & Sunday, 6/24 & 6/25, 10am-4pm.  8th Annual Lemon Lily Festival.   Highlights include guided nature walks to see blooming lemon lilies in the wild; guest speakers; a kid-friendly pioneer town featuring hands-on demonstrations of gold panning, flint-knapping, leather work, traditional crafts & pony rides; live music; and craft vendors.  The Lemon Lily has been used extensively in breeding programs to produce some of the most beautiful garden cultivars. At least three lily hybrids have been developed by crossing the lemon lily with other kinds of lilies and then reproducing them either by seed, bulb, or tissue culture. One of these hybrids is named, “San Gabriel”. By developing hybrids that will grow in lower elevations and different environments, low-land lily lovers will have access to plants that are at least in part, “Lemon Lilies”.  Genetically variable populations in the wild are important for lemon lilies to persist. Available information suggests that sphinx moths (Hyles lineata and Sphinx perelegans) are the main pollinators since lemon lily flowers are the most fragrant at dusk when moths would be flying.  For more details, go to www.lemonlilyfestival.com .

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, 6/7, 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, 6/17, 10am.  Crescent Farm Series:  Crescent Farm Horticulture.  Explore horticulture at Crescent Farm. Tour our choices for low water lawn alternatives, California native ethnobotanic plants of our local indigenous tribes, arid climate orchard trees and native wildflowers! Get ideas for your home landscape from our New California Landscape. Growing tips will also be discussed.

Saturday, 6/17, 10am-12noon Meet in Rotunda.  Plumeria Grafting Workshop with Diana Donnellan.  We’ll walk up to the Plumeria grove on top of Tallac Knoll for a “in the grove” class. Did you know that plumeria trees can be grafted to bloom in many colors? It’s one of several reasons you should learn how to graft. This hands-on workshop explores both the mechanics of grafting as well as best practices. The grove’s demonstration trees show both good and bad ideas, and we’ll discuss each one in depth. $25 members, $35 non-members.  Reservations are preferred.  Please call 626-821-4623 or pay at the door.Mojave Desert Land Trust Center for Conservation Initiatives

60124 29 Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree, CA 92252


(None for June)

Morongo Basin Conservation Association


(None for June)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007


(None for June)

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807


(None for June)

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711


Sunday, 6/4, 8-9:30am.  Beginner's Bird Walk. Take a leisurely walk through the Garden and spot the numerous bird species that migrate through the region. Sponsored by the Pomona Valley Audubon Society. To register, please go to http://www.rsabg.org/bird-walks.

Saturday, 6/17, 8-9:30am.  Family Bird Walk. Join Chris Verma of Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly bird walk through the Garden. To register, please go to http://www.rsabg.org/bird-walks.

Wednesdays, 6/7, 14, 21, 28, 6-8pm.  Butterflies & Brews. Enjoy a cool, local brew and soothing music among the butterflies as the sun dips down the horizon. Staff will answer any questions you have about the butterflies during your exclusive access in the Butterfly Pavilion.  Tickets include one beverage of your choice; additional beverages available for purchase. $15/public, $10/members. Ages 21 and above only.

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024


(None for June)

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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


Wednesday, 6/7, 7pm.  Monthly meeting.  Gwen Stauffer.  Plans for the Lotusland Japanese Garden.  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, 6/18, 12noon-1pm, Gift Shop Patio.  Make and Take Workshop: Mini Succulent Planter. Learn the basics of planting and caring for your succulents while crafting your very own masterpiece. Materials fee of $9 members, $12 non-members includes a pot, soil, succulent cuttings and top dressing. Payment will be accepted at the Gift Shop.

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027


Thursday, 6/8, 7pm, Witherbee Auditorium at the Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles 90027.    Secrets From the Salvia Summit with Bart O'Brien.  Bart O'Brien, Direct of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in the Berkeley Hills (formerly at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden), will discuss the Third International Salvia Summit.  Held in October 2016 at Tilden Regional Park in the Berkeley Hills of Northern California, the Summit was attended by salvia enthusiasts from North America, South America, Europe and Australia. Bart will provide an overview and highlights of the Summit, including horticulturally new Salvia species and selections and how they are grown around the world and where to get them.  Non-SCHS members invited, $5 admission.

Saturday, June 17, 1pm-4pm: Coffee in the Garden at the Los Angeles Arboretum Library. Details and registration at www.socalhort.org

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352


Saturday, 6/3, 8:30am-12:30pm.  California Native Plant Horticulture with Lili Singer.  The basics on gardening with California flora: why natives are valuable, about plant communities, plus planting techniques, establishment, irrigation, pruning and ongoing maintenance. Recommended for beginners; prerequisite to our Three-Part California Native Plant Garden Design course. $45 members, $55 non-members.

Saturday, 6/3, 9am-noon.  First Saturday: Volunteer Day at TPF.  Join the Theodore Payne Foundation family of volunteers to improve and care for our gardens. We will 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. RSVP to andrew@theodorepayne.org.  Repeats first Saturdays through June.

Saturday, 6/3, 1-3:30pm.  Irrigation Practices for Native Plant Gardens with Carol Armour Aronson.  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. $30 members, $40 non-members.

Tuesday, 6/13, through Friday, 6/16, 8:30am-4:30pm. Grow Local: STEAM Education Field Study Professional Development Workshop. This hands-on educator training will assist K-12 teachers in creating three-dimensional, project-based lessons in Environmental Education for their classrooms. Complete details at www.theodorepayne.org . $495 for four workshop days.

Three Saturdays, 6/24, 7/8, 8/22, 9am-1pm.  Three-Part Native Garden Design with Carol Armour Aronson.  This comprehensive three-session 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. Course Prerequisite: TPF’s California Native Plant Horticulture class. $225 members, $275 non-members; $285 member couples, $335 non-member couples.

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521


(None for June)

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