November 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, 11/18, 9am.  Thanksgiving Centerpiece Make & Take.  Impress your holiday guests this season with a festive centerpiece that wows. Attendees will experience various visual demonstrations during this hands-on instructional class. Registration and fee are required to participate. Visit for more details.

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

1750 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena 91107

(None for November)

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

1008 11th Street
Santa Monica 90403

(None for November)

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

16633 Magnolia Blvd
Encino 91436

(None for November)

California Rare Fruit Growers - Foothill Chapter

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

(None for November)

Coastkeeper Garden

1560 East Santiago Canyon Road
Orange 92869

Saturday, 11/4, 10am.  Pollinators in the Garden.  Learn all about backyard pollinators and how you can attract these amazing creatures to your garden.  Bees, beetles, moths, butterflies and birds are just a few of the beneficial insects that help create an ecosystem right in your own backyard!  Learn how to choose low water use pollinator plants to provide nectar and color while conserving water. Workshop includes a tour of the Coastkeeper Garden’s “SmartScape” which showcases drought tolerant pollinator plants. Workshop taught by Marianne Hugo, Coastkeeper Garden Director and Master Gardener with over 25 years’ experience teaching sustainable gardening practices. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, hat and sunscreen for this outdoor workshop. For more information, go to

Saturday, 11/11, 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 second Saturdays. 

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge 91011

Sunday, 11/12, 2-4pm.  Fall Centerpiece Workshop.  Felisa Funes, floral artist and lead designer at Of the Flowers, will guide you in making a beautiful and personalized autumn centerpiece for your holiday table. $40 members, $50 nonmembers. Advance registration required. Register online, in person at the Descanso Gardens Visitor Center or by phone at 818-949-7980.

Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley

UCR Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert 92211

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(None for November)

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, 11/18, 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, 11/4, 9:30am-2pm.  Crawly Critters.  Common reptiles and amphibians of local gardens and their habitats.

Fullerton Arboretum

1900 Associated Road
Fullerton 92831

Saturdays, 11/11 and 11/25, 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. Free Nature Tours are held every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department

Deukmejian Wilderness Park

3429 Markridge Road
La Crescenta 91214

(None for November)

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Experimental Forest – Verdugo Mountains

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

(None for November)

Glendale Community Services & Parks Department
Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

300 Paula Avenue (corner of Garden Street)
Glendale 91201

(None for November)

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.

Sunday, 11/12, 2pm, Rothenberg Hall.  The Landscape Designs of Ralph Cornell.  Among the first generation of landscape architects in Southern California, Ralph Cornell (1890–1972) is considered the most influential. His wide scope of projects included college campus master plans, city parks, memorial parks, significant residential commissions, and sculpture gardens. Noted architect Brian Tichenor will discuss Cornell’s life and milieu while examining three of his highly significant landscape designs. The lecture is presented in collaboration with the California Garden and Landscape History Society. 

Idyllwild Nature Center

25225 Highway 243
Idyllwild 92549

(None for November)

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, 11/1, 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, 11/2, 9:30am-12noon.  What’s Happening in Gardening - Nick Hummingbird of Hahamongna Nursery.  Hahamongna Cooperative Nursery is an invaluable asset to the Arroyo Seco and Southern California, providing low-cost native plants for restoration, conservation and park uses. Nick Hummingbird is the Hahamongna Nursery Manager. Nick has worked on the Channel Islands doing large-scale habitat restoration with the National Park Service and also received training from Theodore Payne Foundation and Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden in Claremont. Each class begins with an open discussion which may or may not include: show & tell, current events, culture tips, pest problems, and introductions of new plants. $25 per class (includes Arboretum admission). To register please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class.

Saturday, 11/4, 10am-12:30pm, meet in the Rotunda; during all weather.  The New California Landscape. Join Jill Morganelli, the Arboretum’s Horticultural Supervisor, on tours through gardens that demonstrate responsible stewardship for our Southern California landscapes while providing beauty and seasonal interest.  Each session will highlight water-maximizing garden construction, installation and site-specific recommendations for irrigation systems, and water-savvy landscape horticulture selections from Australia, South Africa, California natives, as well as plants from our water conservation, desert, and many specialty gardens.  Design techniques, stewardship and habitat building are also discussed.  $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.

Saturday, 11/11, 10am-12noon.  Designing Gardens for Children’s Play.  Grow kids in your garden by making a garden for kids. How would kids design their garden? Laramee Haynes of Haynes Landscape Design (and still a kid) will discuss several fun garden elements such as climbing, water, and make believe that are great for getting children out into the garden for playtime. Laramee 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 more than 15 years.  $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

Saturday 11/18, 10am-12noon.  Crescent Farm Series - Meadow Planning and Planting.  Crescent Farm Staff Leigh Adams, Lynn Fang, John Latsko and Horticultural Supervisor Jill Morganelli will discuss water conservation and sustainable gardening through hands-on activities.  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. Free but registration required -- call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or pay at the class. Mojave Desert Land Trust Center for Conservation Initiatives

60124 29 Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

(None for November)

Morongo Basin Conservation Association

(None for November)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles 90007

(None for November)

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach 90807

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

Saturday, 11/18, 10am-12noon. Hypertufa Workshop.  Create one-of-a-kind planters led by Steven Gerischer. Hypertufa is composite material that your plants will love to live in — it has many of the same benefits of stone pottery but is much less heavy. This is a great opportunity to get your hands dirty. Each participant will take home his or her own hand-made creation. $35 per person. Register at

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

1500 North College Avenue
Claremont 91711

Saturday, 11/4, 8:30am-4:30pm. Learn Your Oaks!  Fred Roberts, author of The Illustrated Guide to the Oaks of the Southern Californian Floristic Province, will help you to unravel our sometimes confusing oaks. Oaks are an important element of the California landscape, and, as a group, are easily recognized. Nineteen species and five additional varieties are known to occur in Southern California, and telling them apart is not always easy. Many oaks are similar in appearance and, especially with white oaks, hybridize readily. The goal of the class is to teach participants to recognize key characteristics for separating our southern Californian species and to recognize hybrid forms. $100 members, $120 non-members.  To register, please go to

Sunday, 11/5, 8-9:30am.  Free Beginner's Bird Walk. Take a leisurely walk through the garden and spot the numerous bird species that migrate through the region. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them; limited loaner binoculars may be available during the walk. Sponsored by the Pomona Valley Audubon Society. To register, please go to

Sunday, 11/5, 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. $20 members, $25 non-members.  To register, please go to

Sunday, 11/12, 8am-5pm daily except when garden is closed. Game of Thorns. This epic exhibition focuses on the art and armaments of botanical warfare. Over the course of millennia, endless duels between native plants and their predators have given rise to the incredible thorns we see today. The exhibit will feature these living fortresses and showcase the weaponry of California's great botanical "houses" that defend themselves with honor -- chief among them are House Agave, House Cactaceae, House Legume, and House Rosa.

Saturday, 11/18, 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

Sunday, 11/19, 11am-3pm. Acorn Festival.  Acorns were once a major food source for native people of Southern California, and the fall harvest season was a time of celebration. Native American dancers and culture keepers join us in inviting you to share our connections with native plants. Enjoy crafts, children's activities and handcrafted items for sale.

Friday, 11/24, 9am-4:30pm. Green Friday: Free Day & Plant Sale.  Refresh your garden and be outdoors. Find great deals on California native plants and unwind after Thanksgiving with a free stroll through the garden. 

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas CA 92024

Saturday, 11/4, 9am-12noon.  Fall in the Vegetable Garden with Jano Nightingale.  Learn what to plant in your Fall garden and how to preserve the bounty of vegetables you harvest. We will demonstrate preservation methods including pickling, jams and herbal recipes. Seed saving and propagation will also be covered. Each student will also receive “The Ball Preservation Book,” the manual of food preservation. $45 members, $54 non-members; plus a $10 materials fee paid directly to the instructor at the class. Deadline to register = 11/2.

Saturday, 11/18, 9-11am.  Take a Walk in the Herb Garden with Jano Nightingale.  Learn about the medicinal, aromatic and culinary properties of herbs. We’ll create herbal products for the body, mind and the senses in this class and learn the cultural requirements necessary to create a successful backyard or container garden. $45 members, $54 non-members.  Deadline to register = 11/10.

Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

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

First Wednesdays, 7pm.  Monthly meeting.  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

Saturdays, 11/4 & 11/11, 9am-12noon.  (Last 2 classes of 4-class session)  Grow!  Edible Gardening.  Abandon that produce delivery service and try your hand at growing your own fresh, organic produce at home! Master Gardener Liza Go will teach you how to create an edible garden. You’ll learn to locate your home’s best location for a garden, how to create good soil out of your current plot, the whats, the whens and the hows to grow, the ins and outs of proper propagation, and integrated pest management. $65 members, $72 non-members for 4-class series.  Registration required.

Southern California Horticultural Society

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027

Thursday, 11/9, 7-9:30pm.  Meeting at the LA Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90027.  Jeff Moore discusses his new book, Aloes and Agaves in Cultivation.

Theodore Payne Foundation

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley 91352

Thursday, 11/2, 8-10am.  First Thursday Bird Walk with Ken Gilliland.  Join a passionate local birder for an easy morning ramble on the Foundation’s scenic canyon land, where more than 50 different species of birds have been seen. Bring your own binoculars, hat and water. Ken is an accomplished birdwatcher and avian artist ( and former TPF webmaster.

Saturday, 11/4, 9am-12noon.  First Saturday: Volunteer Day.  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.

Saturday, 11/4, 1:30-3:30pm.  La Tuna Canyon Regeneration: Right Plant, Right Place - Fire Edition with Lili Singer.  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 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. Lili is an award-winning horticulturist, educator and garden writer, and TPF’s Director of Special Projects and Adult Education. $25 members, $35 non-members.

Friday, 11/10, last day to register for 3-class session on Saturday, 11/11, 9am-1pm; Saturday 12/2, 9am-1pm; and Saturday, 12/16, 9am-1pm.  Three-Part California 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. Students will devise a base/plot plan, implementing knowledge of hardscape materials, irrigation, soils and more. Prior to the class, students will complete a preliminary questionnaire and warm-up exercise for their site. In addition, students are asked to bring photos of their site and a baggie of the site's soil to the first day of class.  COURSE PREREQUISITE: Our Right Place, Right Plant class. This must be taken before the first session of the design class.  Carol is an award-winning landscape designer and owner of Seco Verde, Inc, a firm specializing in drought-resistant regionally appropriate landscapes. $225 members, $275 nonmembers; $285 member couples, $335 nonmember couples. Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be given if the cancellation is made more than 7 days before the first class. If a cancellation is requested 7 days or less before the first class, only a postponement will be given, with the following fees attached: $130 for members, $175 for non-members, $185 for member couples, $245 for non-member couples. No refunds will be given within 7 days of the first class, and postponements will only be given within 7 days of the first class.

Saturday, 11/18, 1:30-3:30pm.  La Tuna Canyon Regeneration: Misunderstanding Wildfire: Why the Public, the Media, and the Politicians Usually Get It Wrong with Rick Halsey.  During and after nearly every wildfire, breathless media accounts promote misconceptions, politicians point fingers, and the fire service is often criticized for not responding properly. This lecture examines some of the causes of these counterproductive reactions, misunderstandings about California's unique fire environment, and possible solutions to help citizens better adapt to the state's fire-prone climate, especially those who are near or surrounded by the chaparral, California's most extensive ecosystem. Rick will also touch on landscaping in fire-prone areas.  Richard W. Halsey is a writer, photographer and the director of the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of California's chaparral ecosystem, helping communities understand the dynamics of wildland fire, and supporting the creative spirit as inspired by the natural environment.  $15 general public, free for those affected by the La Tuna Fire and those who serve that community.

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

900 University Avenue
Riverside 92521

(None for November)
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