March 2020

Because the Coronavirus outbreak has forced cancellation of many events,
please contact the venues before committing anything to your calendar.

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, 3/14, 8am.  Strawberry Season.  Now is the time to plant strawberries for bowls full of berries. Our local horticulturists will show you the different types of strawberries and how to plant them in the garden, a pot or even a hanging basket.

Saturday, 3/21, 8am.  Best Landscape Shrubs.  Shrubs serve as the backbone of the landscape adding structure, texture and color. Our local horticulturalists will walk you through how to pick a shrub, shrubs the perform best in our community and how to plant and care for them.

Saturday, 3/28, 8am.  Tomato Time.  Home-grown tomatoes are more flavorful and are packed with more nutrients. Our local horticulturists will teach you all about tomatoes, show you some classic varieties as well as unique tomato varieties. You’ll also learn tips for planting & caring for your tomatoes to get the largest harvest.

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107

Check website for current listings.

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403

Check website for current listings. 

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436

Tuesday, 3/10, 7:30-9:30pm.  The Anza Trail Native Garden in Griffith Park with Katherine Pkradouni.  Katherine Pakradouni, propagation specialist for Grown in LA (, will present a visual retrospective of the planning, planting, and progress of the newly installed 4-mile stretch of the Anza Trail Native Garden, a collaboration involving Friends of Griffith Park, the National Park Service, Grown in LA, and the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.  This garden showcases the natural heritage of Griffith Park and offers a glimpse back in time at what the native landscape might have looked like during the time of the historic Anza Expedition in 1775. Refreshments are served. 

California Rare Fruit Growers – South Bay Chapter

South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd

Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274

Check website for current listings.

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869

Saturday, 3/14, 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  Repeats second Saturdays. 

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011

Fridays, 1pm, & Saturdays, 11am & 1pm. March -May Spring Bloom Guided Walks. Stroll through the gardens and learn about cherry blossoms, flowering trees, and other seasonal favorites on these guided walks.

Saturday, 3/1, 10am Forages with Nance Klehm.  In conjunction with fruiting bodies at the Sturt Haaga Gallery, ecological systems engineer Nance Klehm will lead a beginner’s mushroom walk. $20 members/ $30 nonmembers. Advance registration required at

Sunday, 3/5, 2pm.  Radical Botany: Screening and Discussion with Jessica Rath.  View an early 20th century botanical film and talk with artist Jessica Rath, whose show Fruiting Bodies is currently in the Sturt Haaga Gallery, and Dr. Natania Meeker, co-author of Radical Botany.

Friday, 3/27, Saturday, 3/28 & Sunday, 3/29; 9am-5pm. Tomatomania!  Plant Sale, cooking demos tomato talks and more.  Plant Sale 9am-5pm daily - Select from hundreds of healthy seedlings, including heirloom varieties, old favorites and unusual offerings.  Tomato Talks 10:30am and 1:30pm - Gardenerd Education Series.  Tomato Cooking Demonstration Saturday & Sunday noon - A chef from The Kitchen for Exploring Foods will prepare dishes featuring tomatoes.  The Kitchen for Exploring Foods Bloody Mary Bar Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm - Patina’s popular Bloody Mary Bar.

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211

Check website for current listings.

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, 03/21/20, 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 eatoncanyon.conservation@gmail.comRepeats third Saturdays. 

El Dorado Nature Center

7550 E. Spring Street
Long Beach 90815

Check website for current listings.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831

Saturday, 3/7, 9am. Medicinal & Edible Plants of the Southwest. Join herbalist William Broen for a morning of entertaining exploration throughout the Arboretum as he illuminates the many fascinating uses, both past and present, of various California native plants. $25/member, $30/non-members.

Saturday, 3/14, 10am. Friends’ Guided Tour. Meet at the Nature Center and join one of our knowledgeable docents as they guide you on a tour through the beautiful garden. Limit 15 people.  $5 donation. Repeats on 2nd Saturdays.

Thursday, 3/21, 9am. Beginning Bonsai. Have you ever wanted to have your own bonsai tree but did not know where to start? Sign up for this class and receive a bonsai tree, basic pot, soil, instructions on care and maintenance, and some history on the art of bonsai. Instructor will be covering topics such as variety of trees, survivability, soil, transplanting and timing, appropriate pots, fertilizers and the various styles of bonsai. At the end of class, you will be walking out with your very own bonsai. $20/member, $25/non-members.

Saturday, 3/28, 10am. Improving Your Home-Composting Skills. Learn how to build and improve your composting system and speed up the process of turning yard clippings and food scraps into soil. $7/member, $10/non-members.

Saturday, 3/28, 10am. Friends’ Guided Tour. Meet at the Nature Center and join one of our knowledgeable docents as they guide you on a tour through the beautiful garden. Limit 15 people.  $5 donation. Repeats on 4th Saturdays.

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

Saturday, 3/14, 10am-noon.  Family Curator Tour of “Lifelines/Timelines”.  Bonsai master and exhibition curator Ted Matson, who oversees The Huntington’s bonsai collection, will explore some of the connections the five installations make across the art, library, and botanical holdings. The program will also include a demonstration of bonsai wiring techniques, providing an inside look at how these living masterpieces are created.  Ages 7 and up. (Fee includes one child and one accompanying adult.) Members: $15, Non-Members: $20. Advance registration is required at (Registration opens Feb. 14.)

Saturday & Sunday, 3/21 & 3/22, 10:30am-5pm, Brody Botanical Center.  63rd Annual Bonsai Show.  Discover the timeless appeal of an ancient horticultural art form as the California Bonsai Society presents its 63rd annual show, featuring dozens of beautiful specimens created by bonsai masters. Additional examples can be seen in the permanent display in the Japanese Garden’s Bonsai Courts.

Saturday & Sunday, 3/14 & 3/15, 10am-5pm, Brody Botanical Center.  Clivia Show & Sale by the Southern California Chapter of the North American Clivia Society.  More than 200 beautiful plants and floral displays will be on view. Visitors can enjoy prize-winning exhibits; watch how-to demonstrations on clivia care, repotting, and flower arranging; browse through the sale area for unusual varieties to take home; and cast their votes for the “People’s Choice” award.

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, 3/4, 1:30-3pm.  Plant Information: Miraculous Mulches: How Choosing the Right One is the Key to Gardening Mastery with LA County Arboretum Plant Information Consultant Frank McDonough. Register online at . For questions, call the Education Department at 626-821-4623.  Repeats First Wednesdays. 

Wednesday. 3/4, 6-8pm. Soil Look – Soil Listen:  A Soil Salon. What is your relationship with our shared commons, the Soil? Using our body tools of fingers, nose, and sight, we will access different soils’ capacity to filter our urban environment’s contaminated water and air and support our plants, animals and fungi. In this salon and workshop, we will prepare slides with local soil samples and peer into a microscope to observe microorganisms and fungal threads. $20 for LA County Arboretum members, $30 for non-members (with admission). Register online at  For questions, call the Education Department at 626-821-4623.

Saturday. 3/21, 10am-12noon. Decomposition Ecology + Community Well-Being with Lynn Fang. Come explore the art and science of decomposition through the lens of the microbial ecology, and learn about the role of soil in climate, human, and community well-being. We will look at the similarities in processes between sheet mulching, hugelkultur, and composting, and introduce soil food web biochemistry. Free, but please pre-register online at  For questions, call the Education Department at 626-821-4623.

Saturday, 3/21, 10am-12noon. Tree Identification with Jerry Turney. 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. $20 for LA County Arboretum members, $30 for non-members. Register online at  For questions, call the Education Department at 626-821-4623.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007

Daily, 3:30pm, Nature Gardens, just outside Nature Lab and under the bridge.  Nature Walk.  Join us on a walk through the Nature Gardens to explore the amazing diversity of life that calls L.A. home.

Every Saturday and Sunday, 11am, Nature Gardens, just outside Nature Lab and under the bridge.  Nature Gardens Exploration.  Join us for a hands-on activity in our dynamic Nature Gardens.

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch

6400 East Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach 90815

Saturday, 3/14, 12noon-2:30pm.  A Curated Tour of Florence Bixby’s Gardens at Rancho Los Alamitos. The Rancho's nationally recognized gardens were developed early in the 20th century under the guidance of owner Florence Green Bixby with the help of outstanding landscape architects and plantsmen of the era. Guide Janet Brown Becker  has a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture with an emphasis on California garden design and history from UC Berkeley. She studied under the Rancho’s preeminent landscape architectural consultants, Russell Beatty and David Streatfield. $15 per person.  Register only after February 14 at .  For more information, email .

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807

Saturdays & Sundays, 1-5pm, Visitor Center. Historic Garden Tours, our gardens 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 more information,

Thursday, 3/12, 8-9:30am, meet in the lower parking lot at 8am sharp. Monthly Bird Walk. Stroll through the grounds of the historic Rancho and watch both resident birds and seasonal migrants. Participants will also listen to calls and songs and potentially observe other specific seasonal behaviors. Wear comfortable closed toed shoes and bring a hat and binoculars. Rain cancels. More details online at  For more information, please contact Horticulturist Marie Barnidge-McIntyre, 562-206-2040.  Repeats 2nd Thursdays.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711

Saturday, 3/7, 10-11:30am.  Walk through the Garden with Executive Director Lucinda McDade.  During this walk, you'll learn fun facts about our amazing native plants through the lens of a renowned botanist. $25 Public, $15 RSABG Members.  Register online at .

Saturday, 3/14, 9am-12noon.  Nature Journaling.  Nature journaling is using a combination of art, writing, and science to foster a deeper connection with the natural world. Sharpen your skills of observation and awareness while improving your imagination and critical thinking in a process that connects you to your surroundings. Join us for an introduction to the topic with guided exercises in the Garden. Come prepared to spend the entire time outside, rain or shine. Wear comfortable clothing, hat, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes you don’t mind getting dirty. This program is suitable for ages 13+. A suggested materials list will be sent upon registration.  $45 Public, $35 RSABG Members.  Register online at .

Saturday, 3/28, 10am-12noon.  Capturing the Photo: A Beginner's Workshop.  Plants come in such a diversity of intriguing patterns and colors! But it can be a challenge to photograph them and preserve that moment of 'awe!' Or for the biologist and naturalist, that discovery moment of 'aha!' If you too are struggling with making the most out of your camera as you explore the natural world around you, then join botanist and photographer Keir Morse for an introduction to digital photography with special emphasis on how to photograph plants! After a short talk to give you the foundational skills of photography, Keir will lead you out into the winding paths of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden to try out some of these techniques with the native flora we grow and preserve here! Don't forget your camera!  $35 Public, $25 RSABG Members.  Register online at .

Saturday, 3/28, 9am-4:30pm.  Spring Plant Sale & Free Entry Day.  Celebrate spring with great deals on California native plants at Grow Native Nursery and free admission to the Garden from 8 am - 5pm. Shop our wide selection of beautiful California native plants, from drought-tolerant all-stars to butterfly magnets, colorful wildflowers to amazing trees. Walk through our 86-acres for free and see a diversity of mature native plants in a variety of landscapes. You can check plant availability on our website, updated weekly.

Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society

Church of the Nazarene
1307 E Citrus Avenue
Redlands, CA 92374
Frank Herendeen 909-793-3333

Thursday, 3/20, 7pm.  Ecosystems on Garden Ponds and Fountains with Bernie Kerkvliert of Skyline Ponds.

Roger’s Gardens

2301 San Joaquin Hills Road
Corona del Mar, CA 92625

Daily, 3/2-3/6, 2pm.  Tomatomania! - Walk & Talk Tomatoes.  From soil to seedlings, we’ll guide you through the selections and give you the information you’ll need to have a wonderful and successful tomato season.

Sunday, 3/1, 10am.  Tomatomania! - Vegetable Gardening with Sarah Rosenberger.  Dry farming is an ancient drought-friendly gardening process. Sarah will share techniques on how to dry farm tomatoes, coupled with tomato care and pest control for your sustainable crop by reducing the amount of water used. A great way to garden in Southern California!

Saturday, 3/7, 9am.  Tomatomania! - How to Grow Super Healthy Soil for the Best Organic Garden with Randy Richie.  Growing Healthy soil is the KEY to Organic Gardening. What is healthy soil? How do I grow soil? Join Randy Ritchie, the Founder of Malibu Compost, as he provides step-by-step instructions on how to grow and build healthy soil by incorporating organic farming practices to your organic garden. Discover how following his steps will give you the healthiest, tastiest, safest and best harvest you've ever had!

Sunday, 3/8, 10am.  Tomatomania! - Grow Your Own…In March with David Rizzo.  Expert horticulturist David Rizzo will discuss everything edible, including vegetables, herbs, fruits, berries and more. Emphasis this month will cover, but will not be limited to, topics such as appropriate warm season vegetables and herbs to plant now, growing in containers and small spaces, and care of fruit trees. David will lead a lively and interactive discussion about what, where and when to plant, prune, feed and harvest. Bring your questions as well as your own tips and tricks, as audience participation is encouraged.

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024

Saturday, 3/8, 9am-1pm.  Succulent Turtle Workshop.  Create a charming succulent-covered turtle for your garden! All materials are included. Please bring small clippers. $45 Members, $54 Non-members.  Fee includes materials. Please register by February 28, 2020 at

Sunday, 3/8, 10am-12noon.  Orchid Kokedama Workshop with Kodema Forest.  Kokedama is a traditional Japanese Living Art form where moss is used as a container for a plant. In this interesting and hands-on workshop, you will learn the skills behind Kokedama and how to make your very own. Please bring your own apron and gloves. $20 Members, $24 Non-members plus a $38 per student materials fee paid directly to the instructor at the class. Please register by March 1 2020 at

Sunday, 3/15, 9-11am.  Forest / Nature Bathing with Rhana Kozak.  Shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing is a way of connecting people to Nature. This idea, and the positive health effects of simply being and walking in a state of relaxation in Nature, has undergone significant scientific testing and validation in Japan and Korea. This innovative programming is trending in gardens and nature reserves across the country. $32 Members, $40 Non-members.  Please register by March 10 at

Thursday, 3/26, 9am-2pm.  Succulent Bunny Topiary.  Come design a Spring Bunny filled with lush succulent plants. All materials are included. Please bring small clippers. $45 Members, $54 Non-members. Fee includes materials. Please register by March 19, 2020 at

Sunday, 3/29, 9am-12noon.  Succulent Wall Planter.  Learn the basics of planting a living wall and then plant one yourself! A 10” x 20” frame and succulents in a wide variety of colors, textures and sizes will be provided. Proudly display your living wall indoors or out. The possibilities of striking patterns and unique designs are endless. $110 SDBG Members, $116 Non-members.  Fee includes materials.  Register by March 23, 2020 at .

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Rd.
Santa Barbara 93105

Check website for listings.

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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

Check website for listings. Monthly meetings repeat first Wednesdays.

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula 90274

Saturday, 3/14, 10:30am-4pm.  South Coast African V iolet Society Show and Sale.  Learn about the care and culture of African Violets, including how to put down a leaf, re-pot a mature plant, rejuvenate a plant with a long neck and remove a sucker. The sale will feature many varieties of houseplants, including beautiful African Violets. The show will feature exquisite specimens.

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027

Thursday, 3/12, 7-9pm.  Growing Asian vegetable with Florence Nishida. Admission is free for members, children, and students with ID, and $5 for non-members. Meetings also include expert discussion of plants in the Plant Forum table, and we often have Plant Raffles. Plants, used and new books and magazines are usually for sale at the meetings.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352

Saturday, 3/7, 1-3:30pm.  Right Plant, Right Place with Lili Singer, TPF Director of Special Projects.  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 your garden’s conditions, including climate, soil, sunlight and space. A valuable class for beginners and the prerequisite for our Three-Part California Native Garden Design Course.  $25 Members, $35 Non-members.  Register at:

Saturday, 3/14 (also 4/4 & 4/18), 8:30am-12:30pm.  Three-Part California Native Garden Design with Carol Armour Aronson, Landscape Designer and Contractor, Seco Verde, Inc.  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. Limit: 8. Prerequisite: Theodore Payne Foundation’s Right Plant, Right Place class (must be taken before first design class).  $235 Members, $295 Non-members; $295 Member couples, $370 Non-member couples.  Last day to register: Friday, March 6. Register at:

Saturday, 3/14, 9am-12noon.  Propagating Native Plants from Cuttings with Tim Becker, TPF Director of Horticulture.  Learn basic skills of vegetative propagation. Various species of native plants will be discussed and started from cuttings in this hands-on session, and you’ll leave with a flat of starts for your own garden! Please note that this workshop is held in our propagation shed and gardens; students should come prepared for three hours of standing with up to one mile of walking in the sun. Limit:  10.  $50 Members, $65 Non-members.  Register at:

Saturday, 3/14, 1:30-4:00pm.  Native Plant Garden Maintenance with Tim Becker, TPF Director of Operations.  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 bottle.  $25 Members, $35 Non-members.  Register at:

Saturday & Sunday, 3/28 & 3/29, 10am-5pm.  2020 Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour.  This unique adventure is a two-day, self-guided journey through the Los Angeles region’s most beautiful and inspiring home landscapes. At each location, you’ll meet garden owners, designers, knowledgeable docents and fellow gardeners. You'll learn about native plants, garden design, and wildlife habitat. For more information go to . Early Bird Member for one person $30, Early Bird Member for two or more people $25, Early Bird Non-Member for one person $35, Early Bird Non-Member for two or more people $30.  Register at:

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521


Check website for current listings.

University of California South Coast Research & Extension Center

7601 Irvine Blvd
Irvine 92618

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