July 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, 7/1, 9am.  Red, White & Blue Planter Make & Take.  Create a patriotic look for the porch or patio with this red, white and blue planter. Attendees will see a demonstration and hands-on plating. Registration is necessary to attend and a $15.99 fee is required the day of class. Not available at Irvine Outlet.

Saturday, 7/8, 9am.  Growing Succulents & Cacti.  Easy-care succulents and cacti love the heat and are water-wise. Both add wonderful color and texture to gardens. We’ll show you how to care for these popular low-maintenance plants. Not available at Irvine Outlet.

Saturday, 7/25, 9am.  Healthy Plants: Fertilizing & Water.  Keep plants healthy all summer long just by learning how to appropriately fertilize and water them. No registration required for this free class. Not available at Irvine Outlet.

Saturday, 7/22, 9am.  Growing Citrus in the Home Garden.  Participants will learn tips to grow bounteous crops of juicy citrus fruit. Not available at Irvine Outlet.  Pasadena and La Habra locations will host a tropical fruit tree class during this time.

Saturday, 7/29, 9am.  Colorful, Flowering Water-wise Plants. Waterwise gardens can be full of colorful flowers. We’ll discuss perennials and shrubs that provide blooms and beauty all year-long. Class not available at Irvine Outlet.

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107


(None for July)

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403


(None for July)

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436


(None for July)

California Rare Fruit Growers - Foothill Chapter

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


(None for July)

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869


Saturday, 7/8, 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


(None for July)

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211


(None for July)

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, 7/15, 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, 7/1, 2-4pm.  Magic Dragons: common dragonflies and how to attract them.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831


(None for July)Glendale Community Services & Parks Department

Deukmejian Wilderness Park

3429 Markridge Road
La Crescenta 91214


Saturday, 7/22, 6:30-8:30pm.  Earth, Wind, and Fire campfire program.  Learn about the impacts of earthquakes, Santa Ana Winds, and wildfires in our region.  Enjoy songs, skits, and the roasting of marshmallows and the making of s’mores.  Please RSVP to 818-548-3795.

Saturday, 7/15, 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
Experimental Forest – Verdugo Mountains

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


Saturday, 7/1, 9am-12noon.  Water trees planted after the 2005 Harvard Fire.  This is a car pool event that requires high clearance vehicles.  No bathroom facilities available.  Meet at the Hostetter Fire Road gate on La Tuna Canyon Road near the 210 freeway promptly at 9 a.m.  You must RSVP to 818-548-3795 to reserve your spot.

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

300 Paula Avenue (corner of Garden Street)
Glendale 91201


Saturday, 7/8, 8am-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 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, 7/13, 2:30pm, Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  Second Thursday Garden Talk:  Hitler’s Olympic Oaks.  German artist Christian Kosmas Mayer, whose multi-media work focuses on nature’s social and historical context, discusses his research involving oak saplings that were given to gold medalists at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Mayer traced one of these trees to a Los Angeles back yard where it was planted by Olympic athlete Cornelius Johnson. With the help of biologists from The Huntington, Mayer is propagating seedlings from the tree to become part of an upcoming art installation at the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna.  A plant sale follows the talk.

Saturday, 7/22, 9am, Ranch Garden.  Ranch Workshop:  Mid-Summer Garden Tune-Up.  Learn how to revive your home food garden so you can grow fruits and vegetables well into the fall. (Don’t have a food garden yet? It’s not too late to start one!) Roger Gray of the University of California Cooperative Extension Los Angeles County Master Gardener Program will lead a planning workshop that will include a tour of The Huntington’s Ranch Garden.

Thursday, 7/27, 4:30-5:30pm, Botanical 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.

Idyllwild Nature Center

25225 Highway 243
Idyllwild 92549


(None for July)

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, 7/5, 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, 7/15, 10am.  Crescent Farm Series.  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.

Saturday, 7/22, 9am-2pm.  Plumeria Day.  Tours of the Arboretum’s Plumeria Collection, Plant Sale, and Workshops.  Wander through a grove of nearly 100 plumeria plants on Tallac Knoll at the Arboretum with a knowledgeable guide and experience the sweet fragrance of the colorful flowers commonly used for Hawaiian leis.  Learn plumeria basics and more at onsite workshops, and shop for plants from many plumeria vendors. Free shuttle to the grove.    

Saturday, 7/29, 10am-12noon.  Landscape Lighting with Laramee Haynes.  Soft pools of light around the garden create a completely different and magical experience at night. A light shining up into a tree adds a sophisticated sparkle. Whether from the windows in winter or the patio on a warm summer evening, outdoor lighting is a beautiful addition to the garden. Laramee Haynes is a garden designer, landscape contractor and frequent speaker at the Arboretum. Laramee and his company, Haynes Landscape Design, have been designing and building gardens in the Pasadena area for over 15 years.  $25 Arboretum members, $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission).  To register, call the Education Department at 626-821-4623 or pay at the classMojave Desert Land Trust Center for Conservation Initiatives

60124 29 Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree, CA 92252


(None for July)

Morongo Basin Conservation Association


(None for July)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007


Fridays, 7/14 and 7/28, 5-9pm.  Summer nights in the Garden.  Unwind under the stars at Summer Nights in the Garden with great music, garden-inspired cocktails, hands-on garden and science projects, botanical tours, food trucks, and more! For more information and reservations, go to www.nhm.org/summernights

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807


Sunday, 7/9, 12:30-4:30pm.  Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe.  This family event uses crafts, music, and demonstrations to explore things made from the earth (like the adobe bricks at Rancho Los Cerritos) and the creatures living in it. Hands-on features include making real adobe bricks, throwing clay pots, meeting bugs who live in the soil, and learning about composting! $7 adults, $5 children 4-12, free for kids under 3 years.  For more details or tickets, go to http://www.rancholoscerritos.org/upcoming-events/mud-mania-a-celebration-of-adobe/

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/

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711


Sunday, 7/2, 9am-12noon.  Medicinal Herb Walk with William Broen. Join experienced herbalist William Broen for a walking presentation of medicinal plants throughout the garden. Please bring a hat, walking shoes, water bottle, and snack or sack lunch. $20 members, $25 non-members. To register and for more information, go to http://rsabg.org/community-education/   

Saturday, 7/15, 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 http://www.rsabg.org/bird-walks

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024


Saturday & Sunday, 7/22 & 7/23, 9am-5pm.  Insect and Ladybug Festival 2017.  This one-of-a-kind event features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, and the famous “Madagascar hissing cockroaches.” Children can practice bug collecting, hands-on insect arts and crafts, and even taste cooked mealworm larva (in various flavors such as mesquite, teriyaki, and barbeque!). Entomologists and other bug experts will be available for questions and more than 20 informational booths will teach and entertain children and adults alike. This year, Sam the giant Galapagos Tortoise will make a special guest appearance on Saturday Morning from 10-11am.  Learn the story of Sam’s journey back home.

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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


(None in July)

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274


(None for July)

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027


Thursday, 7/13, 7-9pm.  Building Sustainable Urban Farms with Lara Hermanson.  Non-SCHS members invited, $5 admission.Urban farming has humble roots in victory gardening, but now many major residential developments, restaurants, and corporate campuses are making edibles the focus of their gardens.  Farmscape’s Lara Hermanson will take us through several of her firm’s major projects and share the lessons learned across 700 urban farms. 

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352


Fridays, 7/7, 7/21, and 8/4, 11:30am-3:30pm (last day to register: June 30).  Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Orchid Black.  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 Right Plant, Right Place class. $225 TPF members, $275 non-members; $285 TPF member couples, $335 nonmember couples.

Saturday, 7/8, 9-10am.  Gardening with California Desert Tortoises with Katherine Pakradouni.  Captive desert tortoises (which should never be bred or released into the wild) need lifelong care and special attention, housing and food. This outdoor presentation reveals how to keep your tortoise healthy and happy. Native and non-native forage sources are covered, as well as the importance of water and mimicking natural conditions and seasonal rhythms. $15 members, $20 non-members. 

Saturday, 7/8, 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 new course discusses local plant communities and their conditions, as well as how to assess the conditions of your garden site, including climate, soil, sunlight and space. A valuable class for beginners and the prerequisite for our Three-Part Native Garden Design Course. $25 TPF members, $35 non-members.

Saturday, 7/15, 1:30-3:30pm.  Hypertufa Container Workshop with Steve Gerischer.  A super-fun, hands-on messy activity for grown-ups! Using cement, perlite and coir, each attendee will make a relatively lightweight container that resembles a time-weathered stone trough. Wear old clothes and shoes. All materials provided. $30 TPF members, $40 non-members.

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521


(None for July)
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