April 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, 4/7, 8am.  Homegrown Produce.  Produce doesn’t get any fresher (and healthier) than from your own backyard. Armstrong gives you growing tips and advice from planting to harvest.

Friday to Sunday, 4/20 to 22.  Ladybug Weekend.  Armstrong Garden Centers will be giving away over two million free ladybugs this weekend with purchase. Ladybugs are the most popular organic pest control for any garden. One free packet of ladybugs per purchase. Supplies are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis at all Armstrong stores.

Saturday, 4/21, 8am.  Beneficial Bugs.  Beneficial insects are excellent garden helpers, and now is the best time to introduce them into your garden. A garden expert will show you which plants are best for maintaining beneficial insects as well as what they do to help your garden flourish.

Sunday, 4/22, 9am.  Organic Gardening.  Armstrong is the one-stop nursery for everything you need to know to start and maintain an organic garden. The class will focus on soil health and problem-solving using organic products and techniques.

Saturday, 4/28, 8am.  Container Gardening.  Learn tips and techniques for creating a colorful, stylish container garden using a variety of flowers and foliage for a great combination of colors, textures and shapes.   

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107


(None for April)

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403


Tuesday, 4/10, 7:30-9pm.  How The N/E/X/T Garden Grows with Michael Terry.  Six years ago, our chapter changed the name of the Temescal Canyon Pacific Palisades Native Plant Garden & Xeriscape (TCPPNPG&X) to the Native/Environmental/ Xeriscape/Temescal/Garden (N/E/X/T/Garden).  When this volunteer-run sustainability-demonstration garden expanded from ~1/2 acre to ~3/4 acre, we planted hundreds of new natives of dozens of species, found out which species do well (or not) in our Zone 23/24 location under our "tough love" watering schedule, and how broadleaf evergreen flowering native plants can be maintained easily with only hand tools and without herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers (i.e. chemicals), thereby attracting and sustaining local wildlife.  Refreshments will be available.

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436


Saturday, 4/7, 9am-4pm.  Native Plant Celebration and Symposium, Wildflower Show, Plant and Book Sale.  The Symposium will feature speakers throughout the day. Plants for sale will be available courtesy of our Symposium partner, the Theodore Payne Foundation. We welcome California native wildflower cuttings from your home gardens; the cuttings need to be available for set up on the morning of Friday, April 6.  Presentations include “The Gottlieb Native Garden: A Closer Look” by Scott Logan, “Design Your Own Native Garden” by Carol Armour Aronson, and “Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias” by Michael Wilken-Robertson. More info at www.lacnps.org.  For details or to volunteer, call Snowdy Dodson at 818-782-9346 or email Snowdy.Dodson@csun.edu.

California Rare Fruit Growers - Foothill Chapter

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


(None for April)

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869


Saturday, 4/14, 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  https://www.facebook.com/groups/CoastkeeperGardenShareRepeats second Saturdays. 

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011


Friday through Sunday, 4/6-9, 9am -5pm. TOMATOMANIA!  The world’s largest tomato seedling sale offers some 250 varieties of tomato seedlings (including the newest and hottest tomatoes) and – new this year – more than 40 types of peppers.  Classes offer tips on planting, maintenance, irrigation and fertilizing, how to select the best plants for your home garden, and more.

Sunday, 4/22, 8-10:30am.  Earth Day: Community Service Day. This Oak Woodland volunteer opportunity and instruction will be supervised by Descanso horticulture staff. All experience levels welcome, ages 16 or older. Bring gardening gloves. Space is limited, so RSVP to volunteer@descansogardens.org by Wednesday, April 18. You will be sent additional instructions and will need to sign a waiver form in order to participate.

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211


Wednesday, April 18, 6-8pm.  Creating a footprint for nature in a built landscape: the benefits of landscaping with native plants with Cameron Barrows, PhD., Associate Research Ecologist, Center for Conservation Biology, University of California Riverside, UCR Palm Desert Center.  Plant exchange before the meeting @ 5:30 PM in the parking lot. Bring pups, cuttings, plants to share with others. Even if you cannot bring plants feel free to adopt and watch your garden grow.

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, 4/21, 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, 4/7, 2-4pm.  Gardening for Scent:  The Importance of Scented Plants for Health.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831


Saturday, 4/7, 9 am. Medicinal and Edible Plants of Southern California. Plants are incredible sources of medicine and nutrition. 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. Broen will discuss elderberry, white sage, yerba santa, manzanita, live oak, and stinging nettles, among other plant species. $35/member; $40/non-member.

Saturday, 4/14, 10 am. Garden Rocks. Colorful rocks go a long way to adding points of interest to your yard. And you can find them for free on Bureau of Land Management property-our land! Guest speaker, Nancy Bird, will have handouts of the rules, maps, and resources. All 3 types of rocks, sedimentary (for instance sandstone), igneous (volcanic), and metamorphic (one that has changed), will be displayed. Nancy started collecting rocks and plants in her 20’s. She is Past President of 2 Gem & Mineral Societies and the Year Around Garden Club in Whittier, for which she is in charge of horticulture. $20/members; $25 non-members.

Saturdays, 4/14 and 4/28, 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, 4/15, 1 pm. Hike for Tykes. Got little ones? Have your little one attend this classroom-style program where they will “hike” to different habitat stations set up with biofacts, props, and live animals. Ages: 3-5 years old. $13 per child.

Saturday and Sunday, 4/21 and 4/22, 10am-4pm.  44th Annual Green Scene Plant & Garden Expo. Your sustainable garden starts here. Thousands of garden enthusiasts grab their wagons and attend this event to shop for plant and garden accessories. Purchase bulbs, succulents, organic vegetables, varietal plants, garden accessories and garden products. Specialty exhibitors offer an eclectic variety of beautiful and exotic plants, unique garden art, home goods and accessories and more. $8 admission, free for members; children 12 & under free.

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department

Deukmejian Wilderness Park

3429 Markridge Road
La Crescenta 91214


(None for April)

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Experimental Forest – Verdugo Mountains

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


(None for April)

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

300 Paula Avenue (corner of Garden Street)
Glendale 91201


(None for April)

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, 4/12, 2:30pm, Ahmanson Room, Brody Botanical Center.  Garden Talk:  Out of Africa: Pelargoniums for California Landscapes with John Schoustra.  What are ‘Gary's Nebula’, ‘Queen of Orange’, and ‘Veronica Contreras’? They're California-bred pelargonium hybrids derived from tough South African natives, perfect for Southern California’s climate. Nurseryman John Schoustra introduces a whole palette of pelargoniums, from ground covers to shrubs, that provide year-round color and fragrance.

Tuesday, 4/17, 7:30pm, Rothenberg Hall.  East Asian Garden Lecture Series:  Representations of the Garden of Solitary Delight (Dule yuan).  Some representations of gardens in Chinese art are purportedly re-creations of physical gardens whose original form is now lost. Such images may or may not depict the site as it actually appeared, but they do reflect the conflation of history, memory, and imagination. Carol S. Brash of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University will explore this topic by examining four very different representations of the Garden of Solitary Delight (Dule yuan), built in the 11th century by scholar-official Sima Guang.

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, 4/4, 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.

Thursday, 4/5, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening:  Photographing the Fruits of Your Labors with Rick Mendoza.  Rick Mendoza is a longtime lover of the outdoors and observing the details of gardens. Inspired by the work of Jim Blashfield and Charles White, he captures the beauty of the changing seasons and the life cycles in gardens. He has been a commercial photographer in the Los Angeles area for over 25 years. rickmendoza.com (2.5 APLD CEU Business Credits) , $25 per class Arboretum members, To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

Saturday, 4/7, 10am-12noon. Tree Identification with Dr. Jerry Turney.  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 three Saturdays 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. Per Class – $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission), To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

Thursday, 4/12, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening:  Gardener Profile, with Patrick Craig.  Patrick Craig has been with the Arboretum for six years and is in charge of the Herb Garden, which contains medicinal, culinary, beverage, a knot garden, and California native areas in one section. The second in our Gardener Profile series, where we visit with Arboretum employees and learn what they do on an annual and quarterly basis to maintain their sections. (1.25 APLD CEU Credits) , $25 per class Arboretum members, To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

Friday, 4/13, 4/20, and 4/27, 1:30-4pm.  Introduction to Plant Identification; Arboretum Botanist, Frank McDonough, will instruct this class that looks at more than a dozen major plant families represented by specimens here at the Arboretum. You will learn about plant classification, how to identify plants genus, family and order using both printed and digital plant keys. You will also learn how to identify and determine the most important plant structures for identifying an unknown plant, strategies for using the internet to help you identify plants and other tools and skills useful in plant identification. $60 (4 sessions) Arboretum members / $70 (4 sessions) non-members (includes Arboretum admission), To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

Saturday, 4/14, 10am-12noon.  Keep It, Toss It, or Prune It! How To Renovate an Existing Garden, old gardens often have wonderful, mature plants. Carefully choosing what to keep, what to remove and pruning the rest can result in a beautiful garden for less cost. This workshop will use photos of existing gardens to guide a group discussion about making garden improvements, $25 Arboretum members / $35 non-members (Includes Arboretum Admission) To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

Thursday, 4/19, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening:  Spring Blooming Plants with Joe Brosius.  As Magic Growers Production Manager, Joe Brosius is responsible for propagating and growing all plant material products and is a partner in the nursery. He will bring a wide array of plants from his nursery to show and tell. Joe is a past president of the L.A. chapter of California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC). He received his BS degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo. www.magicgrowers.com (2.5 APLD CEU Credits) , $25 per class Arboretum members, To Register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class

Saturday, 4/21, 10am-12noon.  Crescent Farm: Creating Bee Gardens and Attracting Pollinators, 'Bee' introduced to our newest landscape inside the Crescent devoted to attracting our California native bees!  Enjoy a quick course on some of our bees and learn about their value and how easy it is to bring them to your garden! Free for Arboretum members / Free for non-members (with arboretum admission), For more information the Education Department at 626.821.4623

Thursday, 4/26, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening In Gardening:  The Madagascar Spiny Forest with Matt-Dell Tufenkian.  Matt will share with us his love of plants from Madagascar and lead us on a tour of the Madagascar Spiny Forest, which was completed in May 2007, the brainchild of Arbvoretum Superintendent Tim Philips. (1.25 APLD CEU Credits), $25 per class Arboretum members, To Register please call the Education Department 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 April)

Morongo Basin Conservation Association


(None for April)

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 http://www.rancholoscerritos.org/things-to-do-hub/tours/ Repeats every weekend.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711


Saturday, 4/7, 10-11am.  Grow Native Nursery Workshop: Pruning 101. Don't sweat the technique. Learn how to deadhead, pinch, thin and shape out your native plants. To register, please go to http://rsabg.org/nursery-calendar.

Sunday, 4/14, 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 http://rsabg.org/classes.

Saturday through Monday, 4/14-4/16, 10am-4pm.  California Wildflower Show. Visit your backyard superbloom at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden's longest-running tradition. Enjoy a beautiful display of local wildflowers and sign up for special events. Monday, April 16, is Senior Monday: everyone 65+ receives free admission.

Saturday, 4/21, 10am-12noon. The Plant Lover's Intro to Photography. 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 Morse 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!. To register, please go to rsabg.org/classes.

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024


Saturday, 4/14, 9am-12noon.  Living Wall - Vertical Garden with Mary Lou Morgan.  Learn the basics of planting a living wall. We will be planting a 10”x20” wall with a variety of succulents. Living walls can be used exterior or interior with multitudes of colors, textures and sizes. The possibilities of striking patterns and unique designs are endless.  $30 members (code LW14), $36 non-members. Additional $80 per student materials fee to be paid directly to the instructor at the class.  Please register by 4/6/18.   

Saturday, 4/14, 9am-12noon.  Planting for Pollinators and All Things Gardening with Marianne Brettell-Vaugh.  This fun and informative class covers many gardening topics including how to attract and support the various pollinators that visit your garden. Other topics include creating good soils for your garden, tips on planning and planting a healthy garden and more.  $30 members (code Pollinator14), $36 non-members.  Please register by 4/6/18.

Saturday, 4/28, 10am-12noon.  Spring Herb Walk:  Lavender, basil and mint, Oh Boy! With Jano Nightingale. Take a walk into the fragrant herb garden to learn about growing and utilizing herbs in your kitchen. We will explore the medicinal and aromatic use of herbs and create herbal products for home and body. Learn how to plant and care for herbs in your garden and create a kitchen herb container garden. $45 members (code Walk28), $54 non-members. Additional $10 supply fee per student to be paid directly to the instructor at the class. Please register by 4/20/18. 

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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


Wednesday, 4/5, 7pm.  Topic to be determined, with Mike Tully.  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, 4/7, 9am-12noon.  Raised Bed and Container Gardening.  Nothing beats homegrown veggies in flavor and freshness, plus the peace of mind that comes from knowing where and how our food is grown! This hands-on workshop with Master Gardener Liza Go is designed with the beginner home gardener in mind. It focuses on the basics of raised bed and container gardening including: soil and growing media, season appropriate vegetables and herbs, seeds and starts, maintenance – watering, fertilizers, pest management, harvesting. So get your hands dirty, and start growing your own food. Participants are requested to bring their own garden gloves, and garden hand tools. Please wear closed toed shoes, sunscreen and a hat.  Registration required: $25 members/$30 non-members.

Saturday and Sunday, 4/7 & 4/8, 9am-4pm, Frances Young Hall.  Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale.  Thousands of sculptural, rare, colorful and beautiful cacti and succulents will be highlighted.  Society members and growers will be on hand to help you select plants which best meet your needs—indoors or outdoors and for drought-tolerant landscapes.

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027


Thursday, 4/12, 5:30-9pm. Tour and Succulent Panel Program at the Huntington in San Marino. Meet at the Huntington Entrance at 5:30 for a special tour of the succulent collections, followed by the April program at 7pm in the Brody Botanical Center. 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, 4/5, 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.

Saturday, 4/7, 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 and Sunday, 4/14 and 4/15, 10am-5pm.  Annual Native Plant Garden Tour.  This two-day, self-driven, curated tour features thirty of the region’s most beautifu8l and inspiring private and public landscapes.  On Saturday, gardens in Los Angeles and the Westside will be open.  On Sunday, gardens in the San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley will be open.  See www.nativeplantgardentour.org for photos, descriptions, and plants lists for all participating gardens.  Single tickets = $25 members and students; $30 for non-members.  Pair of tickets = $40 members, $50 non-members. 

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521


Saturday, 4/7, 10am-4pm.  Garden Market and Plant Sale.  A variety of garden-ready plants grown at the botanic garden, vegetables, vendors, societies and classes.  Free admission and free parking in Lot 13.  Shuttles available.

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